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Baruch College

Finance, General

CUNY New York City College of Technology


Professional Recognition

2016 New York State Government Evaluates New Empire Corp. as An Outstanding Company
2016 World Jiangmen Youth Conference Top Ten Outstanding Youth Awards
2016 Best Businessman of the Year: Brooklyn, NY
2017 New York State Government Endorses New Empire Corp.
2017 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business
2017 Outstanding Citizen of Brooklyn Community
2017 Enhancement to the Business Community of NEC
2017 Outstanding Business Leadership Award
2018 Star Under 40 Awards & Networking Event
2018 President Award: Lifetime Achievement Award
2019 The Stars & Stripes Democratic Organization Community Service Award and Honoree

Professional Affiliation

Honorary Professor of Huali College, Guangdong University of Technology
Executive Vice President of Youth Association in Jiangmen, China
Executive Vice President of America-China Hotel Associate
Vice-President of New York, Guangdong Overseas Chinese Association

Bentley Zhao


Bentley Zhao is the Chairman & CEO of New Empire Corp. He has made his career in real estate ever since completing his studies in Architecture at New York City College and in Economics at Baruch College. Since 2000, Bentley has been working in the fields of architecture, engineering, general contracting, and building supplies.

Bentley is part of the second generation of New Empire, which his father founded in 1997. Bentley became CEO of New Empire in 2004, and has since led the company to new heights of success. Over the years, he has expanded the team to incorporate expertise and experience in a broad base of areas, including designing, building, and managing multi-family residences, offices, commercial buildings, industrial buildings, rental apartment buildings, and mixed-used condominium buildings. As of 2019, the company has developed and completed construction on more than 100 residential and hotel property projects.

New Empire ranks among the best construction firms in New York City, providing excellent one-stop service with in-house licensed engineers, architectural designers, interior designers and professionals from all construction trades—with additional expertise in the fields of excavation, foundation, concrete & steel superstructure, electrical, HVAC, plumbing and a wide array of interior and exterior works. As a one-stop service company with a best-practices mentality, New Empire designs and builds its projects rather than utilizing the costlier, more traditional “design-bid-build” approach. The internal capacity of this full-service company makes it possible for New Empire and its subsidiary businesses to source, acquire, permit, engineer, design, develop, construct, operate, market and manage virtually any form of real property imaginable, in the most efficient manner possible.