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“If you and I are on the same team, we have to learn to work together,” she said. “Even though we might not think alike, we have to collaborate.”

Participation from the Asian and Hispanic communities have been on the rise, said Harold Boone, the vice president of Minority Business Development and Leadership Programs for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. He said there were five Asian graduates from the most recent leadership class.

It’s those people who could shape the face of central Alabama in the coming decades, Boone said.

“The folks around today and have been here for a long time, they’re going to have to move over at some point and you’ve got a new generation of entrepreneurs and leaders,” he said.

Where does Park plan to be in 10 years?

“Raising a family here,” she said.

Park plans to get married later this year and recently bought a house in Montgomery.

“I saw her house yesterday - very nice,” said her co-worker, Yuting Tang. “I’ll start with an apartment, but later on a house.”

Tang, a 22-year-old China native and Troy University graduate, has only been in Montgomery for a few months, working as a financial analyst at Hodges Warehouse. She said she plans to move here permanently this spring.

Last week, she and Park shook hands with a parade of local business leaders at a multicultural breakfast.

“Montgomery’s a big city for me,” Tang said. “I come from Troy.”