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OCA to Honor 7 Asian Pacific American Corporate Leaders

6 October 2010 

Victoria J. Rumsey | Associate Director of Development
202 223 5500 |

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), will host the prestigious 19th Annual National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards, honoring APA leaders in the corporate sector.

WHAT: OCA National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards Presentation and Dinner
WHEN: Friday, October 22, 2010, 7-10 p.m. (reception begins at 6 p.m.)
The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave, NW Washington, DC

OCA’s National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards is the first national program of its kind to recognize corporate achievement and service by celebrating the perseverance and leadership of APA corporate employees. Honorees are first nominated by their respective employers and then selected by a panel of judges. 

This year, seven honorees have been chosen to receive the award. They are:

Joher Akolawala
– Vice President, Finance, Kraft Foods North America Food Service

George Cheng – Executive Vice President - Chief Technology Officer, Head of Technology Governance Services, Wells Fargo

Melanie Gitaadji – Director of Operations, McDonald’s USA

Kevin Hamada – Director, Business Information and Analysis Systems, UPS

Jason Hatakeyama
– Director, Design and Manufacturing Engineering for Boeing Defense, Space & Security, The Boeing Company

Sue Ann Hong – Claims Manager, State Farm

Theresa Windham – Benefits Specialist, Brinker International

"As a former recipient of the "Corporate Achievement Award”, I will say that this award builds confidence among APAs who have worked hard for recognition and a clear voice,” says Ken Lee, OCA National President, "OCA is proud to recognize and celebrate APA corporate citizens who have embraced our mission by being leaders in their communities and by being committed to diversity in the workplace.”

Prior to the dinner, OCA will host the 2nd annual APA young professionals event Bamboo: Build, Breakthrough and Believe. It will be a half day program featuring panel sessions and opportunities for participants to network with other APA professionals.
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