Newsmaker

July 23, 2006|By JENNIFER SKALKA

David Han

Occupation

Wholesale grocer and president of the Korean Society of Maryland

In the news

Han and other area Korean leaders met with Comptroller William Donald Schaefer last week to ask that he apologize for remarks he made about Koreans during a recent Board of Public Works meeting. But after an hourlong session, Schaefer declined to express regret for mentioning North Korea's recent missile firing in the context of the board's evaluation of a program to evaluate English classes in state public schools. Schaefer said he had nothing to apologize for and told reporters that Han is "a zero."

Career highlights

Han operates a grocery wholesale business in Baltimore. His two-year term as president of the Korean Society of Maryland expires in March 2008. Han said he will help launch a voter registration drive this year so that the state's 60,000 Korean-Americans will have a voice in the 2006 contests. He declined to say whether he would campaign against Schaefer.

Personal

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Han, 50, moved to Baltimore with his parents and two younger siblings in 1972. His father was an auto mechanic for the Ford Motor Co. Han graduated from Woodlawn Senior High School. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore. Han has been married 28 years to Baltimore Realtor Ok Han; the couple has two children.

Philosophy

"I want to be a source of blessing. Not only [do] I want to be wealthy, well-educated and all, but I want God to bless others through me."

[Jennifer Skalka]

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