rank Jao is a symbol of the economic success of the Vietnamese who arrived in Southern California in the mid-70s when the site of today's Little Saigon was mostly strawberry fields. Upon arriving in 1975 Frank Jao saw the need for real estate brokers who spoke Vietnamese and lost no time earning a realtor's license. Within four years, he formed Bridgecreek Development to tap into both Vietnamese looking for investment opportunities and those wanting to open their own businesses in the Vietnamese enclave beginning to take shape in Westminster. Bridgecreek turned a small strawberry field into a 50,000 square foot strip mall that would form the heart of America's biggest Little Saigon.
Having been the middle child of a very poor family with many kids, Frank Jao had learned early to seek out money-making opportunities. That keen eye has helped him develop over 4 million square feet of commercial and mixed use property throughout the West Coast. Today he is recognized as a leader of the region's Pan Asian American community. This prominence has given him the clout to help American companies establish themselves in Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries.