Leadership Awards

Floyd Mori
President & CEO of APAICS

Floyd Mori
President and CEO
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
S. Floyd Mori was born in Murray, Utah, of parents who were immigrants from Japan. He grew up on a farm and graduated from Jordan High School in Sandy, Utah, in the Salt Lake Valley. Active in sports, he became a high school All State Baseball Player. After graduation, he served for six months on active duty at Fort Ord, California, with the United States Army Reserves. Mori entered college at the University of Southern California (USC). He interrupted his college studies to serve a two year mission to Hawaii for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). He then attended Brigham Young University (BYU) from which he received a Bachelors degree with a dual major in Economics and Asian Studies. He received a Masters degree in Economics and Political Science from BYU. He has attended fellowship programs at Stanford University and UCLA.

He taught Economics at Chabot College in Hayward, California, for ten years. He was on the Faculty Senate, was a member of the credit committee for the college credit union, taught religious education classes, was advisor of student clubs, and was a member of several professional organizations.

In 1972 he was elected City Councilman of the City of Pleasanton, California, and became Mayor Pro Tem. He later served as Mayor. He was elected to the California State Assembly in March 1975 and served for six years in that capacity. He was later Director of the Office of International Trade for the State of California. He worked as an International Business Consultant for over twenty years and has been an owner of a golf business.

Mori has held various local and national positions for the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), including four years as National President and four years as Vice President. He joined the JACL staff in 2005 and was Director of Public Policy in Washington, D.C, followed by the assignment to become the National Executive Director/CEO of the JACL. He retired from that position in 2012 and received the title of Executive Director Emeritus. He has been on the Executive Council of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and serves on the Diversity Council for Comcast NBC Universal.

He is currently the President/CEO of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). He is a member and supporter of many civil rights and community organizations. He has received various awards, including Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award from OCA National, Community Leadership Award from APAICS, and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette Award from the Government of Japan. He has held many church and civic volunteer positions including in youth sports, the Boy Scouts, and inner-city service work. He is a sports fan and an avid golfer. He has spoken numerous times over the years to various groups about the Japanese American and Asian American experience. He has a book published entitled, The Japanese American Story As Told Through a Collection of Speeches and Articles. www.thejapaneseamericanstory.tateauthor.com

Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee
Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee

Jhoon Rhee
Jhoon Rhee Taekwondo School
Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee is a world-renowned 10th degree Taekwondo black belt, a pioneer of both American and Russian Taekwondo. He arrived from Korea in the 1950s and established martial arts studios in the Washington, D.C. area and other parts of the United States. Grandmaster Rhee created Martial Ballet, a martial arts form synchronized to music. It has been incorporated into his school’s curriculum and has been performed worldwide.

President Ronald Reagan appointed him to the National Council on Vocational Education from 1984 to 1988. He later was appointed as a Special Advisor to the President George H.W. Bush’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In 2000, he was recognized as the only Korean-American on the list of most recognized American immigrants in U.S. history. Grandmaster Rhee was awarded the World Peace Maker Award in Moscow on April 26, 2007.Grandmaster Rhee was selected as the 1976 Martial Arts Man of the Century—U. S. Bicentennial Sports Award by Washington Touchdown Club in January 1976. Other recipients of Bicentennial Sports Awards included: Henry Kissinger, Muhammad Ali, Wilt Chamberlain.

In 2003, Washington, DC Mayor declared June 28th Jhoon Rhee Day in honor of the 41st anniversary of the establishment of the Jhoon Rhee Taekwondo School. The school was established on June 28th, 1962 at 2035 K Street NW Washington, DC.

Chen-Ya Chen, CEO of Benefit Tomorrow
Chen-Ya Chen, CEO of Benefit Tomorrow

Chun-Ya Chen
Benefit Tomorrow

Chun-Ya (C.Y.) has over 30 years of experience in the high-tech semiconductor industry. He has been working in Silicon Valley since 1983, holding a variety of management positions from managing multiple manufacturing factories and developing advanced semiconductor process technologies to building and coaching engineers and individuals who then went on to become leaders across many fields.

C.Y. stands as a strong and inspirational leader in both his career and community involvement. His passion for his work is balanced by his commitment to helping others with his knowledge and resources. He is currently the Vice President of the Integrated Device Technology, a 35-year-old semiconductor company based in the Silicon Valley.

C.Y. holds numerous community organization leadership roles. He is Vice Chairman of ILF’s San Francisco Advisory Board and Chairman of Monte Jade West, a science and technology association founded in 1989 with 14 branches across Asia and North America. C.Y. is also the Vice Chair of Mandarin Business Association and the Co-founder of Benefit Tomorrow Organization, a non-profit organization founded in 2010 that focus on children’s art, talent, and leadership development in Silicon Valley.

C.Y. was born in Taipei, Taiwan and came to the United States in 1979 as a student. C.Y. was a Fellow and received a scholarship on his mater’s degree study in Gas Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. C.Y. also holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Santa Clara.

David Ho
David Ho, President of Marietta Management Serivce Corp

David Ho
Marietta Management Serivce Corps
David Ho was born in Taiwan. He received two Master’s degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Chemical Engineering and Computer Science. From 1982 to 1999, Mr. Ho worked for various microprocessor based technology firms, and several startups.

In 1991, Mr. Ho purchased two units of Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits in Washington DC, and began his career as a small business owner. He now employs over 150 employees in 9 Popeyes restaurants and owns several commercial properties in MD and VA. As a Popeyes Franchisee, Mr. Ho built a reputation for excellence in management, receiving multiple awards from Popeyes in efficiency and quality. In 2013, his operation was ranked #1 on the East Coast. Mr. Ho and his fellow franchisees are the principals in Greater Washington DC Marketing executive committee. Under the leadership of the executive committee, the Greater Washington DC Area has become the most successful market in Popeyes system. As the result of that, most of Washington DC’s marketing strategies and programs were subsequently adapted by Popeyes system. Mr. Ho has translated his successful Popeyes venture into new opportunities in entrepreneurship and philanthropy. He has made seed investments in a few cutting edge startups in recent years.

Mr. Ho also is invited to join the Dean’s advisory board of the College of Computing at Georgia Tech for his strong support in high education. Finally, Mr. Ho has several charitable causes. Notably, he raised $20,000 for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during last year annual fund drives via his Popeyes operation. He served as President of the Rho Psi Society-Iota Chapter for 3 years. Rho Psi Society is a nonprofit organization, the Rho Psi foundation gives over $50,000 scholarship annually to encourage and recognize high school students for their high achievement.

James Birney
James Birney, Owner of Stone Mt. Properties

James M. Birney
Stone Mountain Properties
James M. Birney was born in 1942 in Denver, Colorado. After high school, he left home for the East Coast, where he obtained his BA degree from Brown University, with a major in finance and minors in Biology and Chemistry. After completing his MBA at NYU in Accounting and Finance, James began what would become an 18 year career in finance, joining a Wall Street institutional research and brokerage and investment banking house. Only four years later, he became a name-partner and principal of Furman Selz Mager Dietz & Birney.

After nearly two decades in finance, he made the leap from Wall Street to real estate, joining the family business that his wife Leeshan had already founded six years earlier. In May 1981, Leeshan had started the family real estate business with just an 18 unit apartment building in South Orange, New Jersey. In 1989, they first succeeded in acquiring three multifamily properties in Houston, followed soon by more. Among the award-winning properties still in the Birney’s portfolio are the Galleria Oaks and Walden of Westchase, two of Houston’s premier apartment communities. Since that initial foray into Houston in 1989, James and Leeshan have expanded their projects to nine apartment communities in Texas, and a similar number of properties in New Jersey, for a total of over 2,500 units. Recently, James, Leeshan and the entire family were awarded the very prestigious “Family Achievement ‘Holding Hands’ Compass Award“ bestowed by the Global Federation of Chinese Business Woman to a family who best exhibits family values, mutual respect, devotion to duty, and the ability to work together and operate a successful family business.

Edward Dong, Vice Chairman of Revenco
Edward Dong, Vice Chairman of Revenco

Edward Dong
Vice Chairman
Edward Dong graduated from Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) with Master of Public Administration in May 2015.

During his study in Harvard, Edward served as Kennedy School Student Government Representative and Harvard Graduate Student Council Member. He established “The Edward Dong Faculty, Staff and Fellow Appreciation Fund” in HKS in order for students to show respect and gratitude to HKS community who make their experience in HKS special and unique. This Fund turned out to be a very exciting and inspiring initiative.

In addition, Edward Dong made an endowment “The Edward and Charity Dong Family Fund at HKS “ even before his graduation to support the Dean’s Fund for student scholarship and student activities, which helps more prospective students and young minds to come to HKS to realize their dreams for public service rather than waiting for 25 years like him.

Edward Dong was named “HKS Alumni Ambassador” as one of the five worldwide and won the “Outstanding Contributions” award by Harvard Graduate Student Council.

He also serves as Dean’s Advisory Council member of School of Management, State University of New York at Buffalo. UB is the first American School to China in early 1980’s for the first MBA program in Chinese history jointly sponsored by the two governments. Edward had his MBA from this program in 1991.

Before Harvard Kennedy School, Edward Dong had been working for a US-UK high-tech company for 20 years as Group VP, Founder and General Manager for China Operations. He was awarded “2012 China Economy Top 10 Business Leader” by China Economic Review and China Economic Daily, the first individual winning this prestigious award on behalf of millions of employees from foreign companies, organizations and agencies in China. He was also named “Person of the Year of Multinationals in China 2013” by China Economic Information Press.

Edward Dong now joined a family-owned business company as Vice Chairman.

He is committed to promote Harvard values, help China for its political reforms and democracy development, and play as a bridge for the US-China relations, friendship and co-operations.

Edward has a happy family with his wife Charity and two sons, Richard and Eric. They have been living in southern California since 1997.

Russell Wu
Russell Wu, Founder of Trust Air Cargo

Russell Wu
Trust Air Cargo
Russell Wu is the founder of Trust Air Cargo U.S.A, an international freight forwarder, custom broker, consolidator for both Air & Sea, with headquarters located in Taipei, Taiwan, and branch offices at Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, etc. They are members of IATA and NVOCC, FMC, and one of the top ten forwarders in Taiwan. We are also key agents of China Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Federal Express and EVA Airways, which means we get space protection.

Trust Air Cargo was founded in 1983 in U.S.A., and is growing strong everyday. Since then the company has provided reliable cargo consolidation and moving operation service for customers all over the United States, Canada, Europe and the Far East such as Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand and China. Their customer services is on the top of their management style. He also believes leadership training and teamwork. He believes that teamwork is the most essential sector to achieve an excellent job on forwarding and delivery. Every participant in this organization affects directly the service quality. Through our on-job training, it will lead us to be enthusiastic, aggressive and fully participated to head for the outstanding performance.

Russell Wu has also served as the President of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce in Chicago (1995-1996), as an Advisor to the World Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North America, and as the Commissioner of Overseas Community Affairs Council of Taiwan. (2009-2014). He established ILF Chicago Chapter and has extended it to Detroit and other states.Both Russell Wu and his wife Jade Wu are very active in the Chicago Asian Community and heavily involved in non-profit philanthropic events in the Chinese community. Jade served as the founding President of the Global Federation of Chinese Business Women in Chicago.

Cherry Huang, Founder of New York Senior Care Group
Cherry Huang, Founder of New York Senior Care Group

Cherry Huang
New York Senior Care Group
Ms. Cherry Huang is an energetic and successful businesswoman from China. She received Business Administration and Chemical Engineering degrees from South China University of Technology in the early 90s. Shortly after that, she served as the director of an actors and actress training center for TVB Hong Kong. In the late 90s, Cherry Huang came to New York to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology. While she was still in school, she founded her very own company. Because she established a solid foundation and structure within the company, the company successfully took off within a couple months, and became very competitive in the fashion industry. At the peak of her fashion career, she decided to challenge herself once again to go into an unfamiliar industry, the health care business. She took high risks, as required by a first rate business leader, and proved that cultural boundaries and limitations can be overcome through her vision, hard work, and integrity. She became an immigrant role model in the senior health care business. Through various obstacles, she and her husband finally established a New York Seniorcare in the Valley, LLC, which is owned by a Chinese operator. Ms. Huang achieved her American immigrant dream through her hard work and strategic thinking. Under her innovative and excellent leadership, she established a credible reputation in the health care business circle. Ms. Huang strongly believes in giving back to the community, specifically the immigrant community. In recent years, she has joined the International Leadership Foundation in Washington, DC to promote the Asian American awareness and civic involvement. Currently, besides to operating her various businesses, she is serving as the President of New York Volunteers Association, Chairman of SCUT Alumni USA, and as the founding President of Chinese University Alumni Alliance. Her previous awards include 2013 Chinese Entrepreneur in New York and 2015 Outstanding Asian American in Business.


Sunny Ng, President of the Rhode Island American Chinese Association
Sunny Ng, President of the Rhode Island American Chinese Association

Sunny Ng
Rhode Island American Chinese Association
Sunny Ng has long been dedicated to serving his local community and giving back. After graduating with a degree in Social Sciences and Sociology in Hong Kong, he worked as a social worker for nearly 5 years before immigrating to the United States. Mr. Ng humbly established himself as an entrepreneur by starting his own retail and dry cleaning businesses before launching a career in commercial and residential real-estate development. Mr. Ng co-founded Tai-O Real Estate Group in 1998 and now oversees the company as the Principal Owner. Mr. Ng also currently serves as the President of the Rhode Island American Chinese Association and serves on the board of a number of organizations including the Luke Charitable Foundation, ILF New England Chapter, and RI Chinese Christian Church. Additionally, Mr. Ng has devoted over 25 years of service as group leader for the RI Chinese Christian Church’s Elderly Fellowship. He is also a past recipient of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Outstanding American by Choice for his important leadership role in Rhode Island and to the growing Chinese community in the region as both a civic and business leader.