Asian Chamber Executive Director to receive the Kansas Department of Commerce 2015 Kansas Minority Business Advocate of the Year Award

OVERLAND PARK, KAN.— The Kansas Department of Commerce has announced Sook Park, Executive Director of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, as the winner of 2015 Kansas Minority Business Advocate of the Year Award. Each year, this award is presented to a leader who has made a significant and notable contribution to the promotion and advancement of minority-owned businesses in the community.

Ms. Park will be presented the award at the 2015 Kansas Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. The luncheon will be held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, Kansas.

“Sook is highly respected in the corporate, non-profit, and Asian communities” said Young Sexton, AACC President and Co-Founder. “She is dedicated to support minority-owned businesses, and has been instrumental in the growth of the AACC. Her leadership is the heartbeat of this Chamber, and goes well beyond.”

Ms. Park develops and oversees AACC programing, communications, and membership. This includes educational programs for small businesses, monthly networking events, and the annual AACC CelebrASIAN Award Gala, one of the premier business events in Kansas City. She aided in establishing a foundation of the AACC that today provides philanthropic support for local students and disaster relief efforts. She also helped to transform the organization into one of the premier business support organizations in the Greater Kansas City area.

Prior to joining the leadership position at the AACC, Ms. Park worked both in private and governmental sectors, including State Street Bank & Trust and the Kansas Department of Commerce. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Master’s degree in International Business from Sogang University. She is active in several area non-profit and business organizations.

The AACC was formed in 1998 as a non-profit organization to enhance the economic opportunities for Asian American businesses in the Greater Kansas City area through education, networking, programming and advocacy, while promoting community engagement and increasing visibility. The AACC encompasses small businesses, dynamic entrepreneurs, emerging enterprises, and major corporations. More information on the organization can be found at

Contact: Becky S. Wilson
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