Bill S. Kim
Founding Chairman & CEO of Kizan International, dba Louis Raphael.
In 1972, Mr. Kim founded Kizan International in a tiny little office in South San Francisco. Today, the company has grown to one of the largest men’s dress slacks companies in the US. The company’s products are sold to more than 8,000 stores including Macy’s, JC Penny’s, Sear’s, Belk’s, and many other department stores and chain stores in the US and Canada. The company designs, manufactures, imports, wholesales and distributes its products using the most advanced supply chain management system.
In 1980, Mr. Kim was awarded from the President of South Korea for the bilateral trade promotion between the US and South Korea. In 1986, he was named “Businessman of the Year” from Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Kim is a strong advocate and supporter of philanthropic work and had joined the board of Give2Asia in 2003 and served as the Chairman of the organization from 2007 to 2010. He is passionate in supporting Korean art and culture, serving as a commissioner/ trustee of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco since 1999. He is the current Chairman of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce NPC.
Born in South Korea, came to America for his education in 1964, Mr. Kim was educated at El Camino College, UCLA, and Executive Program at Stanford University.