“I take pride in being Filipino-American,” said Rull, an Orange County-based entrepreneur, in her speech after receiving the Nonprofit Advocate of the Year award, which was one of the two awards she received on Sept. 14.
“I know that the reason that I’m being awarded is because in my heart, I really want to help the Asian community make themselves better,” she added.
Aside from this, Rull also received the 2012 Outstanding Filipino Americans in the US Award. “I’m very honored for being awarded for the second time again,” she said.
Rull received the awards during the 19th National Asian Entrepreneur of the Year Awards presented by the Asian Entrepreneur Magazine at Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. She was recognized for being the:
- Community Leader for Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County,
- President of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County in 2009, and
- Current President for the Asian Business Association Orange County
Rull has been holding top executive positions for the past 20 years, according to a report on the Asian Journal.
The Nonprofit Advocate of the Year award is given to individuals who have contributed greatly in pursuing ways to help the community less the profit.
More for the community
Rull, who is a member of the Board of Directors of the Small Business Financial Development of Orange County, said she enjoys mentoring people. She said she has a knack on teaching Asian American entrepreneurs and hoped that the award would be an inspiration for her to do more for the community.
Vice Consul Mary Joy Ramirez of the Philippine Consulate General in LA attended the banquet and congratulated Rull and the other awardees.
“We congratulate Ms. Rull for winning an award tonight, we are very proud of all our awardees,” Ramirez said. “We also congratulate them for their contribution to the community here in California.”
Aside from Rull, some of the other awardees were Senator Ted W. Lieu and Representative Judy Chu, who both received the Public Servant Advocates of the Year Award.
“It’s great to be honored by the Asian Entrepreneur Magazine especially since I’m on the House Small Business Committee, and a ranking chair of the Subcommittee on Federal Contracting,” Chu said.
She also said small businesses will play a big role in the future of US immigrants.
“We need to have more access to capital and more access to programs that are offered by the small business administration,” Chu said.
“Small business has always been the key to the American Dream for immigrants,” she added.
Other awardees present at the banquet were Khanie and Tom Nguyen from WinCorp Solutions for the High Technology category, Dr. Marissa Pei for the Less Than 50 Employees category, to name a few. — Drei Medina/KBK, GMA News