The Awards

The Ohio Asian Awards allows the Asian American Commerce Group of Columbus to recognize and celebrate outstanding local business, community, and elected leaders for their contribution to the vitality and success of the Asian American Community in Ohio.

 

The Twelve Ohio Asian Awards highlights the broad spectrum of accomplishments of the Asian-American community in the following categories:

  • Business Entrepreneur Leader  – This award goes to the leader who through their professional accomplishments founded a company that has achieved great success. Other factors include company and personal accomplishments, community involvement, supplier/employment diversity efforts, and support of the Asian American community.
  • Business Leader – This award goes to the leader who through their professional accomplishments has increased the awareness and visibility of the Asian Americans or issues affecting the Asian-Americans in the business community.
  • Community Leader – This award goes to the leader who through their volunteer efforts has increased the awareness of the Asian American community through cultural events, community organizations, and/or political advocacy.
  • Education Leader – This award is for the leader who has demonstrated outstanding contributions in the field of education and/or academia. This leader’s accomplishment has either raised the awareness or directly benefited the Asian American community.
  • Government Leader – This award is for the elected official who through their efforts has increased the visibility of Asian Americans or issues affecting the Asian American Community
  • Healthcare Leader – This award is for the leader, who through their efforts has increased the visibility of Asian Americans or issues affecting the Asian Americans Community in the health care field.
  • Hospitality Leader – This award is for the leader who through their efforts has increased the visibility of Asian-Americans or issues affecting the Asian-American community in the restaurant/hospitality industry.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – This award is for the leader who through their lifetime accomplishments has significantly impacted the Asian American community as well as the entire Central Ohio community.
  • Philanthropy Leader – This award is for the leader who has significantly impacted the Asian American community and the entire Central Ohio community through philanthropy.
  • Professional Services Leader – This award is for the leader who through their efforts has increased the visibility of Asian Americans or issues affecting the Asian American business community in a professional service industry such as law, engineering, accounting, or consulting.
  • Supplier Diversity Leader –This award is for the leader who has championed supplier diversity within their organization, the general business community, and the Asian-American business community.
  • Technology Leader – This award is for the leader who through their efforts has increased the visibility of Asian-Americans or issues affecting the Asian-American Community in the technology industry.

 

Nominations

Anyone can nominate a business, community, or government leader for an award. In addition, the Asian Awards are open to any individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions and positive impact in the Asian American business community. The Ohio Asian Awards are open to open to supporters of the Asian American community. Nominees are not required to be of an Asian descent to win an award. Nominations for the 2018 Asian Awards are currently being accepted.

Please note no AACG Board Member, spouse, partner, or direct relative is not allowed to receive an award due to the appearance of a conflict of interest.

 

Judging

The Asian-American Commerce Group has strived to create a selection committee representing a broad spectrum of the Asian-American Community. The nominating committee consists of the AACG Board of Directors as well as volunteers from the Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Pakistani, and Vietnamese communities. In addition, the committee includes several business and civic leaders from leading organizations such as the City of Columbus, COSI, and the State of Ohio.