Asian Enterprise recognizes Asia-Pacific entrepreneurs

LOS ANGELES: On September 10, the 2010 best companies for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) were recognized and enjoyed a beautiful evening hosted by Asian Enterprise with Wells Fargo Foundation and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage.

Asian Enterprise stands as the largest Asian American Small Business Magazine in the Nation, as they have set out to be the “voice of Asian Pacific Americans” in business and entrepreneurship. The evening took place at the historically grand Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, where several Fortune 500 Company executives were selected for various award categories.

Prior to the main events of the evening, a small reception was held and provided delegates from several prestigious companies the opportunity to network and socialize amongst themselves.

Cocktails and appetizers, including spinach dumplings and delectable coconut shrimp, circulated the room and excited guests for the main dinner course to come.

Guests were soon ushered to the main ballroom, where representatives from Northrop Grumman, Wells Fargo, PepsiCo, Morgan Stanley, and more were scattered throughout. Steaming hot dinner courses of chicken and short ribs were served promptly, and was followed by the commencement of the award ceremony.

Some of the winners included United Healthcare (Corporate Advocate), Brad Blackwell of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (Small Business Advocate), Joe Alderete of Southern California Edison (Small Business Advocate), Honorable Senator Barbara Boxer (Public Servant Advocate), and Sri Rajagoplan and Kuntesh Chokshi of PepsiCo (Special Advocates). As awardees took stage to accept their honor, each spoke a few words of appreciation and how maintaining diversity in their company has been the driving force behind their success.

These Fortune 500 company executives expressed that being able to serve the larger community was a result of keeping diversity within their own firm.

Founder and CEO of Sunrider International, Tei Fu Chen, was selected as the overall winner, earning himself the title of Asian Entrepreneur of the year. His wife, Dr. Ou-Lin Chen, accepted the prestigious award on his behalf, while son, Eric Chen, looked on from the audience.

Other large companies including Harrah’s Entertainment, IBM, Kaiser Permanente, Denny’s, and Sodexo were also recognized as Top Best Companies for Asian Pacific Americans.

“Asian Enterprise is the only national competition based awards program that seeks to recognize exemplary Asian Pacific Americans entrepreneurs across the nation,” according to the event program. However, the evening brought more than awards to these prominent firms; it also succeeded in bringing unity and pride among AAPI’s worldwide.

RIA PATEL