About The Ohio Asian 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 event is organized by a dedicated committee of volunteers consisting of the AACG Board of Directors, Honorary Chairperson, Nominating Committee, and community leaders.
Ohio Asian Awards Honorary Chair- Dr. Arthur Bing
The Ohio Asian Awards is proud to announce that Dr. Arthur Bing will be the Honorary Chair of 2015 Ohio Asian Awards. Dr. Bing is an excellent example of the significant contributions Asian-Americans and other immigrants are making to the central Ohio community. Dr. Bing was born in Indonesia, the son of Chinese immigrants. Dr. Bing received his Doctor of Medicine in 1965. In 1969 he and his wife immigrated to the United States for political reason with limited financial resources. He began working at Riverside Hospital that year, and become licensed to practice medicine in the United States in 1973. He and wife became naturalized citizens in 1975. In 1977 he became a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon where he impacted lives by performing major plastic and reconstructive procedures including several facial and hand trauma. In addition, he volunteered on several Operation Smile missions to repair Cleft and Lip and Palates in developing countries.
A successful plastic surgeon, Dr. Bing has dedicated his life to giving back to the community that gave him so much opportunity. Dr.Bing serves of the board of Columbus Zoo, the Wilds, Columbus Opera, Heartland Bank and Riverside Methodist Hospital. In 2012, Ohio Health dedicated the Ohio Bing Cancer Center, which was made possible by a generous by the Bing family.
Dr. Bing is married to Hetty Bing, a physician, has two daughter as well as two grandchildren.
To learn more about Dr. Bing & the Ohio Health Bing Cancer Center click here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLqqSq_h79U
The above photo shows the nominating committee members for the Ohio Asian Awards hosted by the Asian American Commerce Group (AACG). They will select the recipients of the Ohio Asian Awards. The group represents the diversity of the Asian American Community
At the bottom of the picture form (L-R)
- Andie Sie (esolutech - Indonesian-American)
- Bharat Baste (BBCO Design - Asian-Indian American)
- Shyam Rajadhyaksha (DLZ and AACG President - Asian-Indian American)
- AnandSud (Velocys - Malaysian-American)
- Standing (L-R)
- Matthew Son (Charley Grilled Subs - Korean American)
- Humera Mahmood (Alere Counseling Services - Pakistani-American)
- Valerie Huang (Nationwide Children’s Hospital - Taiwanese-American)
- Rebecca Nelson (City of Columbus- Thai-American)
- Dr. Lisa Huang (AEC Engineering -Chinese-American)
- Dr. Joy Kouns-Lewis (AACG Vice President - Filipino -American)
- Guadalupe Velasquez (City of Columbus - Mexican-American)
- Shahin Rhaman (AACG Treasurer - Pakistani American)
- Dr. Alma Montano Saddam (Asian Festival Board Member- Filipino-American)
- Dr. Arthur Bing (Ohio Asian Awards Honorary Chair - Indonesian-American)
- Other members of the Nominating committee not in the photo are Jeanetta Darno (Huntington Bank)
- Diem Kaelber (Fisher Broyles Law Firm - Vietnamese-American)
The Asian American Commerce Group (AACG) was formed in 1993 after the City of Columbus created a Minority Business Program that did not include Asian-American owned businesses. At the time, the Asian American community in Central Ohio was not politically active and mostly socialized among their own ethnic groups. The formation of the Asian American Commerce Group served as a catalyst to unite these distinct ethnic groups under one voice and increased their economic and political impact in the region. Culturally, AACG assisted the Asian Festival in bringing the Asian community together to create one of the largest Asian Festivals in the nation. In 2000, after years of lobbying by the AACG and the Asian community the City of Columbus extended the Minority Business Program to include Asian-American owned businesses.
The Asian-American Commerce Group (AACG) is a non-profit organization registered with the Secretary of the State and is staffed by volunteers. AACG was organized in July 1993 in recognition of the need for better communication among Asian American organizations in Central Ohio as well as the need for effective liaison between ethnic groups and the public sector. AACG has been providing leadership to many Asian American communities in Central Ohio, and serving as champion for myriad worthy causes in Ohio and beyond.