Lodhie Awarded for Excellence in Business
and President of LEDtronics, Inc., among Prominent
Pacific Islanders to Receive Heritage Award
May 12, 2008 - Asian Pacific Islander Joint Legislative Caucus
Sacramento, CA - The California State Assembly observed
May as Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage
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
Left to right: Assembly Members Mary Salas (District 79), Alan Nakanishi (District 10), Mr. Pervaiz Lodhie, Founder and President of LEDtronics, Inc., Ted Lieu (District 53), Anthony Portantino (District 44).
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
to some of the world's largest Fortune 500 Companies.
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
Development Fund. He is an active member of the U.S.
Committee for Congresswoman Jane Harman, and was
recently invited to serve as a member on the International
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
PAL-C, a historic initiative that brought about the successful
Pakistan Congressional Caucus in the U.S. Congress.
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
Mr. Lodhie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in
Engineering from California State University at Los
Angeles and was honored as its Alumni of the Year in