|2008 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Award Recipients|
Mr. Pervaiz Lodhie, Founder and President of LEDtronics,
Inc, Torrance, CA, Awarded Excellence in Business at the Asian Pacific Islander
American Heritage Month Celebrated at the California State Capitol
Sacramento, CA - The California State Assembly observed May as Asian
Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month today with the adoption of Assembly
Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 135 and a special Floor ceremony featuring the presentation
of the Fourth Annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Awards. Awards were presented
to prominent APIs who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of arts and
entertainment, medicine, business, civil rights, community service and journalism.
“This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the creation of Asian Pacific Islander
American Heritage week,” said Assembly Member Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), Co-Chair
of the Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus. “We are proud to recognize
these six honorees for the achievements they have made in their respective fields
while advancing the progress of the API community.”
“Each of these men and women has realized the American Dream,” Assembly Member
Nakanishi (R-Lodi), Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative
Caucus, said. “They worked hard, achieved greatness, and are an example of leadership
to Californians of every ethnic background.”
2008 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Award Recipients:
- George Kee Cheung - Excellence in Arts and Entertainment
- Dr. Parampal Gill - Excellence in Medicine
- Pervaiz Lodhie - Excellence in Business
- Lillian Nakano - Excellence in Civil Rights
- June Pouesi - Excellence in Community Service
- Joey Quinto - Excellence in Journalism
ACR 135 commends California’s Asian Pacific Islanders for their notable accomplishments
and outstanding service to the state. It is authored by the ten Asian American
Members of the Legislature: Assembly Members Mike Eng (D-Monterey Park), Warren
Furutani (D-Gardena), Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward), Shirley Horton (R-Chula Vista),
Ted Lieu (D- Torrance), Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco), Alan Nakanishi (R-Lodi),
Alberto Torrico (D- Newark), Van Tran (R-Costa Mesa), and Senator Leland Yee
(D-San Francisco). The Floor ceremony was also attended by Board of Equalization
Vice-Chair Betty Yee (District 1).
Award for Excellence in Business
Pervaiz Lodhie established LEDtronics in 1983 in Torrance, California.
Today, Ledtronics is one of the world's leaders in designing, manufacturing
and packaging of energy efficient, environmentally friendly light emitting diode
(LED) lamps to some of the world's largest Fortune 500 Companies. Mr. Lodhie
was the recipient of the United States Small Business Administration's Award
for Excellence. He also founded and serves as Chairman of the Pakistani-American
Business Executives Association and is a Founding Director and Trustee of President
Musharraf's Pakistan Human Development Fund. He is an active member of the U.S.
Trade Advisory Committee for Congresswoman Jane Harman, and was recently invited
to serve as a member on the International Circle of the World Affairs Council.
In addition, Mr. Lodhie has served as Chairman of the Industry Advisory Board
for the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology at California
State University, Los Angeles. In 2004, he became one of the Founding Directors
of PAL-C, a historic initiative that brought about the successful Pakistan Congressional
Caucus in the U.S. Congress. He is a past member of the World Affairs Council
International Circle and is also a founding member of MCAC (Multi-Cultural Advisory
Committee), a community outreach program initiated by the U.S. Department of
Justice on the west coast. Mr. Lodhie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in
Mechanical Engineering from California State University at Los Angeles and was
honored as its Alumni of the Year in 1999.
About LEDtronics, Inc.
Founded in 1983, LEDtronics® leads where others only follow when it comes to
designing, manufacturing and packaging state-of-the-art LEDs bulbs to meet the
world’s constantly changing lighting needs. Our inventive product line encompasses
an array of direct incandescent lamp replacement Based LEDs bulbs, low-cost
snap-in and relampable Panel Mount LED lamps, high intensity sunlight-visible
Discrete LEDs, PCB LEDs circuit board status indicators, surface mount diodes
SMT LEDs, full-spectrum rainbow RGB LEDs and Infra-Red (IR) LEDs.
For more information about LEDtronics, visit the company's web site at: www.LEDtronics.com.