1918年出生於花蓮，在物質匱乏的年代，秉持「自學而後翻轉生命」的信念，積極向學，於台灣商工學校(現開南技術學院) 畢業後，返鄉奉獻，投入花蓮菸酒會社(現菸酒配銷所) 、花蓮港信用組合(現花蓮第一信用合作社)等要職服務，施展長才。
Chang ShinFa was born in Hualien in 1918. During that hard time with limited resources, he held on to his belief in moving upwards through education. After graduating from Taiwan Commercial and Technical Institute, he returned to his hometown. Employed by the Hualien Tobacco and Liquor Commission, and later Hualien Harbor Trust, he worked in many key positions while making significant contributions.
He was married to Chang HuangHong and raised 6 sons and 4 daughters. In 1947, he and his wife founded JianFa which grew to be a successful business. With sterling reputation, he was elected to be the head of the Hualien Chamber of Commerce in 1961. He founded the ChangLiaoJian Family Union and acted as its chair since 1962.
To help develop the eastern part of Taiwan, he recognized the need for transportation. He founded and acted as the chairman of Hualien Bus Company in 1974. He founded and acted as the chairman of Hualien Cargo Transportation Company in 1980. Through these efforts, he has propelled the development of Hualien in all sectors. His contributions to the local community is highly regarded.
By nature, Chang ShinFa was a frugal and proactive man. His mentoring of young people and outstanding generosity to local causes exemplifies a preeminent entrepreneurial businessman. He helped form unity among members of the local community, encouraged social welfare with his own selfless contributions, established local trade shows, and led positive trends. Not only he helped build the transportation foundation for Hualien, he also contributed to much of cultural progress in this community.