A select group of captains of industry – Corporate Members and Asian American Businesses – who have provided steadfast support and commitment to the mission of the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) were honored with the “Most Valued Corporation” and “Most Valued Asian American Business” Awards at the Excellence Awards Ceremony held on May 31, 2017 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California.
The “Most Valued Corporation” Awards were presented to Hilton (Hospitality), Ingersoll Rand (Manufacturing), and UPS (Transportation), for having the most significant and meaningful commitment and steadfast support of USPAACC programs and minority-owned businesses, including direct and indirect spend, among other accomplishments.
Fred Lona, Senior Director, Supplier Diversity, Supply Management, Hilton; John Evans, Vice President, Global Procurement, Ingersoll Rand; and Estrella Cramer, Corporate Supplier Diversity Director, UPS, accepted the awards on behalf of their respective companies.
The “Most Valued Asian American Business” Awards were presented to Ampcus, MSL Express, and Qnexis, for having consistently set the bar high and for having led by example, for creating innovative products and services, and supporting USPAACC programs, among other achievements.
Anjali “Ann” Ramakumaran, CEO of Ampcus, Inc.; Chester Tong, President of MSL Express, Inc.; and Kurt Nguyen, President & CEO of Qnexis accepted the awards on behalf of their respective companies.
“Kudos to our awardees who are shining examples of dedicated, strong leadership and benefaction,” said Susan Au Allen, USPAACC National President & CEO. “We proudly shine the spotlight on them for their unwavering support of USPAACC’s mission and programs, as well as for their steadfast commitment in ensuring the robust growth and success of the Asian American business community.”
This event was part of the 3-day CelebrAsian Procurement Conference – the country’s largest B2B event convened by Pan Asian American enterprises – presented by the USPAACC, May 31 – June 2, 2017 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California.
Conference theme was “Collaborate – Innovate – Connect on the West Coast: San Diego, CA.”
CelebrAsian is the flagship event of USPAACC and the country’s largest business-to-business conference convened by Pan Asian Americans to connect with large, medium and small enterprises. It is the largest gathering of Pan Asian American suppliers and entrepreneurs representing a myriad of industries who will connect with buyers and key decision-makers from Fortune powerhouses, government agencies, large non-profits, and the small/minority business community.
Through new and innovative programs, CelebrAsian provides Pan Asian American suppliers and other minority businesses a roadmap to effectively navigate the supplier diversity arena, access procurement opportunities, and successfully compete in the mainstream.
After 3 days, CelebrAsian Procurement Conference 2017 in San Diego hosted over 650 participants, who came in full force from all over the country, representing 100 corporations, 300 Asian American-owned businesses, 8 Government Agencies, 3 Non-Governmental Organizations, and 11 media partners.
For more information about CelebrAsian, visit celebrasianconference.com
Businesses can be nominated or apply for the innovative national award program that recognizes the robust growth of 100 leading Asian American-owned businesses“We celebrate the fastest-growing difference makers, risk takers, and boundary breakers powering America’s economy,” says USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen
SD Champions provides tools to nurture corporate, government, and large nonprofit supplier diversity programs, while also encouraging and supporting the certification and development of the small and diverse businesses that make these programs a reality.
The SD Champions program advanced by USPAACC represents a purposeful shift away from awards solely based on a corporation's ability to spend and moves toward a new emphasis that encourages transparency, innovation, inclusion, impact on the community, and integration in supplier diversity programs.