Richard Chao Vang is among one of the few Hmong millionaires in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a very successful and efficient business man. Richard has much experience in community services, social services, health care management, and business development. As of today, Richard Chao Vang is the CEO and founder of Highlander Home Health Care, LLC., which is the very first Hmong health care group in Milwaukee.
Chao’s childhood years occurred during the harsh times of the Vietnam War. He is the oldest child of four with a sister, Sue Vang, and two younger brothers, Pakeng Vang and Kao Vang. His parents, Chou Vang and Yang Mee Cha had always kept their children near them and never out of their sight. During that time, the communists had invaded their homeland and the Vang family fled through the jungle searching for a safer destination. After all the chaos, the Vietnam War had such an impact on Chao that he developed leadership and the courage to stand up to help the people of his country. Later on, great news had arrived to the Vang family. They had been sponsored by their aunt and uncle, Faiv Neng Vang and Kai Yang to come to the USA. Chao was very grateful because of the generosity. During the wait, Chao attended Banvinai Higher Education High School in Banvinai, Thailand. He was a valedictorian in the school. On September 9, 1989, Chao, his two younger brothers, and his mother finally arrived in New York City. Then they were sent off to Detroit, MI and finally ended up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Adapting to a new environment wasn’t easy. Chao had a lot of responsibility on his shoulders. His mother didn’t speak English and his two brothers were still young. The family stayed with their aunt and uncle until they could get on their own feet. One of the most difficult hardships that Chao described was transportation from place to place. He could see that they would need to work hard and persistently to survive in this new country.
After adapting to the new environment, Chao attended GED classes to improve his English skills. Through all the hard work, he decided to add the name Richard to his Hmong name. In the winter of January 1993, Chao married Yong Thao. At the age of 31, Richard Chao Vang enrolled into Milwaukee Area Technical College where he graduated with an Associate Degree in Paralegal. In 2003, Richard also graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University. He also received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Smith Gaither Christian University in September 2008. 10 years of experience in working in social services showed him that the Hmong community needed a home health service. He realized that there are many agencies out there, but felt that he needed one that would care for the Asian ethnic groups’ needs. Richard believes that one of the biggest struggles within the health care industry pertaining to the Hmong people is the language barrier. With the help and support of his wife, family, and friends, Highlander Home Health Care, LLC was founded. In May of 2005, Richard officially announced Highland Home Health Care, LLC as a vision of providing care to the seniors and disabled. Yong Thao, Richards’ wife, is his partner in the development of the health care facility. Within 6 years, Highlander Home Health Care, LLC has grown rapidly because of Richard’s reputation in the Hmong community. Highlander Home Health Care, LLC receives major positive feedback for their services and health plans. Highlander Home Health Care, LLC was elected for 2010 Executive of the Year industry, by Donald Trump Jr. Executive Director Global Branding and Networking.
Today, Richard is involved in various activities, serving in local communities all around the state of Wisconsin as a board member. He is also the CEO of Highlander Home Health Care, LLC, Board of President of both Hmong National Foundation, Inc. and Hmong Hope Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. He assists in the US National Defense Force Support Command (SEPT). He also serves in the 49th Division of Wisconsin as Commander of training and education for proper protocols for situations such as fires, floods, earthquakes, FEMA Management, and conducting final military honors to veterans. Richard has received numerous awards, medals, citations, and certificates of appreciation from organizations and officials.
Richard Chao Vang has a future goal of expanding from home health services to providing a group home to elderly Hmong. He understands both the society that we live in and notices that many of the younger generation are not dedicated to their elderly parents physical needs. Group homes will have a personal private room, opportunities to interact socially, food, activities, security, and medical services. Furthermore, Vang hopes that God’s blessing will lead him to see his business grow and profit to have a steady income for his wife Yong and his daughter Gaonukou Kimberlina Vang.
“Have a clear goal of what you want to do and research the area of business thoroughly.
See if there is a need for it, have a good business plan and if you feel it’s
profitable, go for it! It took me over a year to research my business
because I want to fully understand the business before I get into it. A good
business plan is the blueprint to your business and it will tell you whether
or not it can be successful. If everything looks good, take the risk. If you
don’t, you’ll never know if it will succeed or not. You have to use money to
make money. But you also have to be realistic about profitability.
It is never a get-rich-overnight scheme so give your business some time to
grow before you quit.” – Richard Chao Vang
Visit http://www.highlanderhomehealthcare.com/ for more information.
By : Silver Moua