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Know an Inspirational Asian Individual? Nominate Them to NAAAP 100

ATLANTA, April 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For more than a century, Asians have overcome obstacles to make significant contributions in the United States and Canada. Their contributions have added tremendously to the success and prosperity of North America.The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is a leadership development organization with 30 years of history in providing a broad range of professional and educational services. NAAAP is paying tribute to leaders who further our vision and mission through the NAAAP 100 Recognition Program, a prestigious annual leadership award.

Nominations for the 2014 year are now open. Award criteria and nomination details are available on www.naaap.org/Programs/NAAAP100.aspx Submissions must be received by April 20, 2014. Inquiries and submissions should be sent to naaap100@naaap.org

Past NAAAP 100 recipients include:

• The Honorable Mr. Daniel Inouye, U.S. Senator and U.S Representative, Hawaii
• Mr. Lang Lang, Pianist
• Mr. George Takei, Actor, Narrator, and Author
• Mr. Bill Imada, Chairman and CEO of IW Group
• Dr. Jim Yong Kim, Physician and President, Dartmouth College
• Mr. Richard Lui, News Anchor MSNBC and NBC News
• Mr. Hines Ward, NFL Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers; and Commissioner, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
• Mr. I.M. Pei, Architect and Founder, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners
• Mr. David Henry Hwang, Playwright
• Ms. Maya Lin, Artist and Architect

"The NAAAP 100 awards celebrates the achievements of exemplary individuals who have made tremendous contributions to the Asian community and beyond," says Edward Hwang, Director of the NAAAP 100 Program. "Not only does this well-deserved recognition bring awareness to the passions and talents of the award recipients, but also this honor is a source of hope and pride for us all. We are excited about this year's nominees who will continue in this tradition."

Winners for the 2014 year will be honored at the 28th Annual NAAAP National Convention and Diversity Career Fair at the Hilton Anaheim in California, which takes place September 4 - 6, 2014. www.naaapconvention.org

About NAAAP

The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that cultivates and empowers Asian leaders through professional development, community service, and networking. In Canada, NAAAP is known as the North American Association of Asian Professionals.

Founded in 1982, NAAAP operates as chapters in 30 cities in the United States and Canada, with a national leadership team and local chapter leadership that coordinate national/international programs and events. NAAAP has about 3,000 active members, and our programs reach more than 20,000 people each year. NAAAP is a pan-Asian organization that engages individuals representing diverse educational and professional backgrounds.

Visit www.naaap.org

CONTACT: Wendy Ho Chief Marketing Officer, National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Email: wendy.ho@naaap.org Twitter: @naaapSource:National Association of Asian American Professionals