Garry Guan , Founder & President of AALS font>
Garry Guan is a professional interpreter, translator, a certified mediator in the State of Georgia, a professional anthropologist, a professional senior consulting archaeologist, a certified Underwater Archaeologist, a certified scuba diver, a self-taught auto mechanic, Gold medallists in long jump, triple jump and pole vault of the Georgia Games, a stand-up comic, an amateur painter and computer graphic artists, the cook of the week in Rolla Daily News, Missouri, and most important of all, a dedicated Rotarian, a Father and a Husband. He hold a bachelor's degree in history and archaeology from Beijing University, one of the most prestigious institution in the country, and a master's degree in anthropology from Beijing's Central University of Nationalities, as well as a five years study in a Ph. D. program of Anthropology at University of Pittsburgh. He worked as curator and staff researcher for the Ethnic Minority Museum Preparation Committee, State Commission for Ethnic Minority affairs of PRC. After completing the course work for a Ph.D. in archaeology and anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, he served as a senior archaeologist for numerous archaeological and environmental consulting firms prior to his founding of AALS.
As he absorbed American culture, he developed a vision: to help bridge the communication gap and promote unity between mainstream American and Asian cultures. He worked as a freelance Chinese/English translator and interpreter to the public and private sector, established Renaissance Consulting Services, offering consultation skills in the areas of archaeology, cultural anthropology, continuing education, public relations, mediation and business negotiation. In 1995 he acquired Asian American Publication, Inc., providing business directories and community resource guides for the burgeoning Asian American population in metropolitan Atlanta and the state of Georgia. That same year, he founded AALS, now Asian American Media Group, Inc., offering a full range of multilingual and multimedia communication services in all languages to private businesses and government agencies around the world, including translation management, interpretation, international business and cultural consulting, full product development (including concept/name/trademark evaluation and packaging), export marketing, software and Web site localization, typesetting and graphic design, foreign language LCD displays and audio/video voice-over production. With this addition, His dream of promoting understanding among cultures - both locally and globally - has become reality. The company's mission is to promote understanding among cultures by providing single-source communication services that bridge the language gap. The dynamic enterprise culminates his vision to promote understanding among cultures in both the local community and the global marketplace.
Garry Guan served as the Administrator of Chinese Language Division (CLD) of American Translators Association (ATA) for 2006-2008. He served as Chairman of the Board and Past President of Atlanta Association of Interpreters and Translators, Past President of Rotary Club of North DeKalb, Board Member of National Family in Action, Board Member for Asian American Resource Center, a Marketing Advisory Board member for MARTA (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). He served as Vice Presidents for Chinese Business Association of Atlanta, Vice President of the Association of Chinese Professionals.
Garry Guan is currently active in politics and is currently a candidate for State Senate of Georgia district 5. His first run for office in 2010 election challenging a three term incumbent successfully grasped over 35% of the votes. To check out Garry Guan, the candidate, please take a look at his campaign website GuanforSenate.com.
Garry's life accomplishments and experiences has been interesting, to say the least. Here are a few examples of his accomplishments:
1999 TV Interview at Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta
1998 TV Commercial For MARTA Renovation Project Public Awareness Campaign
1998 TV appearance for CBS investigate interview
1997 TV Interview from Charles Tsai, at CNN on special program "Hong Kong Hand Over"
1996 Interpreter for Channel 5 TV for interview with Mr. Fanzhou Pu, Chinese Sport Journalist
1996 Interpreter for NBC interview with Xiaoshuang Li, Chinese Olympian Gold Medallist
1996 In Search of Southern Culture, In-depth Interview, Channel 11, Atlanta
1990 Focus on the Issue on Channel 40 (WPCB).
1989 TV interviews from Pittsburgh local channel 2 (KDKA) and channel 11 (WPXI).
1989 Talk show guest for Weekend Magazine on Channel 2.
1997 Feature Radio Interview on Market Place Radio, National Public Radio
1995 Radio guest on Peach State Public Radio, discussion of Chinese New Year Celebration and Chinese in Georgia.
1990 Radio guest on WYEP, two half-hour shows on introducing Chinese traditional music and its history.
2004 Interviewee for “Asian Communities Celebrate Chinese New Year? an article on Saturday, January 24, 2004 issue of Gwinnett Daily Post.
2003 AJC DeKalb Notebook section: “N. DeKalb Rotary Chief Installed? a news piece regarding my installation as the President of North DeKalb Rotary Club on Thursday, June 23, 2003 issue.
1999 “Asian Population at Rise?Gwinnett Magazine, March 1999
1998 "Labor Camp To language Services", Cover Story of Gwinnet Loaf, September 12, 1998
1997 Interview in "Three Atlantans Join Daley to Trade Mission", by Mathew Quinn, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Tuesday, August 5, 1997.
1997 Interview in "Celebrating Hong Kong", by Elizabeth Kurylo, Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Sunday, June 22, 1997.
1997 Steady Progress Toward Freedom: As for Post-Deng China, “Stability?will be the key word. Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Sunday, Feb. 23, 1997.
1995 Pick a Sports, Norcross Athlete Digs In--Archaeologist just happy to compete on Atlanta Journal/Constitution, July 12, 1995.
1991 Cook of the Week on Rolla Daily, Sept. 23, 1991.
1990 Pittsburgh Press Spectrum Column Feature Story: Americanization of Garry Guan photo and written by Steve Mellon, on April 30, 1990
Garry Guan's CV