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The 20th Anniversary of Outstanding 50 Asian Americans In Business Awards Dinner

(L to R) – Krishnan Rajagapolan, CEO of Heidrick & Struggles and AABDC Pinnacle Awardee; New York State Senator John C. Liu; Andrew Yang, entrepreneur, bestselling author & U.S. presidential candidate; Anne Chow, CEO of AT&T Business, and Pinnacle Awardee; and John Wang, President & Founder, Asian American Busi[pb1] [pb2] [pb3] ness Development Center. Photographer: Stephen Smith

For two decades, the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) has honored over 860 Asian American corporate executives and entrepreneurs, representing scores of industries, nationwide, through its annual Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business flagship awards program.  

(L to R) – Michael Garner, Chief Diversity Officer, MTA & Chairman, 100 Black Men Corp. Board; John Wang, President & Founder Asian American Business Development Center; and Ron Busby, President/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. Photographer: Stephen Smith

The 2021 Pinnacle Awards were awarded to Anne Chow, CEO of AT&T Business, and Krishnan Rajagapolan, CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, two outstanding leaders who have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally.  

For John Wang, president and founder of the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) states, “This year the awards mean so much amidst the challenges to the Asian-American business community. The 20th Anniversary of Outstanding 50 Business Awards celebrates and reaffirms the valuable contributions of Asian-American executives, small business owners and corporate leaders to our country.

More information on AABDC can be found at

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