YPC Meet & Greet-NDK


YPC Meet & Greet with Ken Hennessy, President, NDK America, Inc.

Friday, October 21, 2016

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Japan America Society of Chicago (1 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2475, Chicago, IL 60602)





On Friday, October 21, the Japan America Society of Chicago’s Young Professionals Committee will host a meet & greet with Ken Hennessy, President of NDK America, Inc. Mr. Hennessy also serves as the Executive Vice President of the Japan America Society of Chicago and is a member of the Society’s Membership and Development committees. Mr. Hennessy will talk about his experiences leading a Japanese-affiliated company in the Midwest and share his insights on building a successful career.   This will be the third in a series of networking events, designed to provide an opportunity for the Society’s younger members to interact with the organization’s senior members.

The JASC brings together a diverse group of business and civic leaders, both Japanese and American. These networking events will provide an informal setting to meet some of the Society’s senior members and hear about their experiences. Instead of a formal presentation, there will be a moderated conversation between the guest and attendees. There will be ample time at the end for questions from attendees.


Ken Hennessy has been the President of NDK-America since 2010 and has been with the company since 2000. Prior to joining NDK, he worked at a number of electronics firms in New York and Illinois. In addition to his involvement with the Japan America Society of Chicago, Mr. Hennessy has served on the Board of Directors for a local chamber of commerce, an economic development organization and a hospital. Mr. Hennessy was born and raised in New York. He attended Manhattan College his BS in Electrical Engineering.

NDK (Nihon Dempa Kogyo Co., Ltd) manufactures quartz crystal devices with a business philosophy of “contributing to the prosperity of society and world peace through our service to customers.” NDK is a major manufacturer and supplier of crystal devices with a vast array of applications that are essential components in virtually all electronic equipment. NDK is also applying its crystal technologies to sensors and a full spectrum of new high-value-added components and products with the aim of achieving sustained business growth as a comprehensive manufacturer of frequency control devices. NDK was founded in 1948 and is based in Tokyo.


The cost to attend is $10.00 for JASC members only and will include light refreshments. Space is limited to just 12 people so RSVP today. The deadline to register Tuesday, October 18, 2016.


30th Annual Holiday Fundraiser and Bonenkai


To celebrate 86 years of U.S.-Japan friendship in true holiday spirit, the Society will host its 30th Annual Holiday Fundraiser and Bonenkai on December 8, 2016 at the Union League Club, in downtown Chicago. With over 250 in attendance each year, this event is truly a celebration of goodwill and close friendships between our Japanese and American members. The proceeds from this event will benefit programming and educational endeavors.


We would be grateful if you would consider contributing to our fundraiser in the following ways:

  1. Donate a gift certificate and/or item for silent auction. Your organization will receive a display board outlining your donation, which will be seen by 250+ Japanese and American executives and their guests.  In addition, your company will be listed in an auction book to be disseminated to all attendees.
  2. Purchase an advertisement. Your company’s ad will be placed in a program book to be disseminated to 250+ Japanese and American executives and their guests.
  3. Make a cash donation. Cash donors will be listed in a program book to be disseminated to 250+ Japanese and American executives and their guests. For every $500 donation received, donor will receive 1 complimentary dinner reservation.
  4. Volunteer. The Society seeks volunteers on December 8 for three shifts: 1:00-5:00 pm, 5:00-7:30 pm or  7:15-9:30 pm. If you are interested in volunteering please email Erika Kono at kono@jaschicago.org.

All donations are tax deductible (FEIN # 36-2480811).

CLICK HERE to download the 30th Bonenkai donor form