Ten Most Influential Asian Americans in Business Named by US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

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NationÂ?s leading pan Asian American business organization to present list of Â?WhoÂ?s WhoÂ? of Asian America during its 20th Anniversary CelebrAsian 2005: Diversity Means Business annual conference on May 5 in Washington, DC

The US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) has announced its 2005 Ten Most Influential Asian Americans in Business. The official presentation will be held at the black-tie Excellence Awards & Scholarships Dinner on May 5, the second day of the three-day conference, USPAACC’s 20th Anniversary CelebrAsian 2005: Diversity Means Business—the largest annual national Asian American business conference in the United States and the only national conference designed for the Asian American business community—at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

The USPAACC 2005 Ten Most Influential Asian Americans in Business are (in alphabetical order): 1) John Chen, Chairman, President & CEO of Sybase, Inc.; 2) Raj Gupta, Chairman, President & CEO of Rohm and Haas Company; 3) Keiko Harvey, Senior Vice President, Video Network Services, Verizon Communications; 4) Andrea Jung, Chairman & CEO of Avon Products, Inc.; 5) Jeong Kim, President of Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies; 6) Indra Nooyi, President and Chief Financial Officer of PepsiCo, Inc.; 7) Christine Poon, Vice Chairman of Johnson & Johnson; 8) Husband and wife team of Victor and Janie Tsao, Founders of Linksys, now a division of Cisco Systems, Inc.; 9) Vera Wang, Founder and President of Vera Wang Bridal House; and 10) Jerry Yang, Co-Founder and Chief Director of Yahoo! Inc.

“These inspiring, astonishingly talented and world-class Asian Americans come as varied as the business endeavor is in our country,” said Susan Au Allen, USPAACC National President and CEO. “Yet all have made an indelible mark in the industry in which they work, and all exemplify the best of Asian America.”

The selection committee, composed of representatives from the media, public and private sectors, was chaired by Grant Ujifusa, founding editor of the Almanac of American Politics and founder of ThickEnvelope.com. Three months were spent on research and deliberation until the committee met and agreed unanimously on ten people that it regarded as the most outstanding. “By spotlighting these outstanding business people, we hope to make the wider public more aware of the talent and influence of Asian Americans in today’s marketplace,” Ujifusa said.

USPAACC is the nation’s leading pan Asian American business organization that brings contract and procurement opportunities to the table with corporate America, the federal government, and the minority business community. The presentation of the USPAACC 2005 Ten Most Influential Asian Americans in Business will coincide with the national observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

About USPAACC:

Headquartered in the nation's capital, the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) has seven regional chapters in Northern California, Southern California, Texas, Georgia, New York, Illinois and the National Capital area. Founded in 1984, its mission is to open doors to contract, professional and educational opportunities for Asian Pacific Americans and their business partners in corporate America, the federal government, and the minority business community. It also awards college scholarships worth over $100,000 annually to high school seniors across the country.

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