Press Releases | 04.23.10

APAICS Announces Awardees for 16th Annual Dinner

Washington – The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is proud to announce that the following people have been designated by the Board for the following awards:  Distinguished Corporate Achievement Award to Reggie Aggarwal; Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award to Rear Admiral Ming Chang (USN-Ret.); and Distinguished Community Award to M. Farook Sait.

The APAICS Awards Dinner will be held at the JW Marriott on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.  The highly anticipated event is well attended by members of Congress, political appointees, dignitaries from local, state and federal levels of government.  Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs Ed Chow is planning to be in attendance.  Secretary Chow was a former staff at APAICS.

Television personality Sonya Gavankar will be Mistress of Ceremonies at the 16th APAICS Gala Awards Dinner.  She currently hosts programs on PBS, BGTV, and MHz Networks.  Gavankar serves as the face of the Newseum by hosting live interview programs, appearing in video installations, video blogs and game shows.

About the Awardees:

Reggie Aggarwal is the CEO and Founder of Cvent, a profitable venture-backed CRM software company with 500+ employees.  In 2009, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Greater Washington area.  Forbes Magazine called him one of the rising stars of Washington.  Marriott Meeting News, the largest magazine in the industry, named him as one of the 25 most influential people in the $100 billion dollar meetings industry.  He was also appointed by the Governor of Virginia to be Chairman of the Chief Information Officers Advisory Commission.

Rear Admiral Ming Chang (USN-Ret.) served in the U.S. Navy for 34 years before retiring in 1990.  He became the first Asian American naval officer to reach flag rank.  He held a variety of cruiser and destroyer commands before becoming Department of the Navy Inspector General in 1987. After leaving the Navy, Chang became vice president and corporate director for the Pacific region at Raytheon International and then president of MEC International, LLC.    He is also Chair Emeritus of APAICS.

M.Farook Sait is Special Counsel to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Prior to his current appointment Sait held several management positions in that office.  He has taught graduate courses for Central Michigan University, Pepperdine University, and Columbia Union College, and provides pro bono legal services to community and religious organizations.  He came to the United States from India for higher education.  In addition he is a founding member of the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.  He is a native of India.  In addition to an undergraduate degree from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland, he has a JD from Howard University and is a graduate of the Senior Executive Leadership program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  He is President of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC).

For further information regarding the 16th Annual Gala Awards Dinner, please contact 202-296- 9200.

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