Name: Hap Acee
Job title: Vice President / General Manager Asian Operations
Company: Standard Motor Products, Inc
Industry: Automotive Parts
AmCham member since: June 2017
Where is home and how long have you been in Hong Kong?
My wife Nancy and I arrived in Hong Kong on May 16th, so we’ve been here about six months now. Our primary residence is near Dallas, Texas and we both were born and raised near Utica, New York.
Favourite thing to do here?
So far, eat and drink.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
My real name is Happy. My grandfather was a Lebanese immigrant and the name is courtesy of the U.S. Immigrations Department on Ellis Island - they translated his Arabic name. We have handed down the name, I’m the third and my son is the fourth.
If I wasn’t a business leader, I would be…
I consider myself a mechanic. So if I wasn’t solving problems in business I’m sure I would be fixing cars.
What was your first ever job?
Paperboy. I delivered the Utica Observer Dispatch.
Share some words of wisdom.
Focus and don’t get distracted by the things you can’t control.
Outside the office, what can we find you doing?
As said above, eating and drinking. In the SoHo, Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui areas mainly.
Next destination on your travel checklist?
We were in Hanoi earlier this year - great people and wonderful food! Our next destination would be Cambodia or Thailand.
What attracted you to AmCham?
I’ve been traveling to Asia since I started my career as an engineer with General Motors. My attention has been very much focused on product technology and production processes. AmCham offers me an opportunity to better understand the macro-relationship between East and West.