NAAAP-DFW 1st Awards Gala

The National Association of Asian American Professionals-DFW held its first awards gala at the historic Magnolia Hotel, known as “Pegasus building – the Flying Red Horse”, in downtown Dallas on December 6. Todd Jones served as VP Strategic Development explained the mission of NAAAP-DFW is to promote the career advancement and leadership development of Asian American professionals. The DFW chapter, recently established in 2011, has quickly proven to be a great success inspiring leadership for the next generation of Asian Americans. 

The awards gala’s theme is “A Night with the NAAAP Stars”. The gala will recognized top leaders in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for their commitment in advancing the Asian American community and also, awards scholarships for two lucky high school students, Shiva Acharya and Kaitlin Lok. The entertainment consists of upcoming singer and songwriter, June Marieezy, opening the award gala evening. Special guests, including Tommy Vo (VP of Southwestern National Bank), George Z. Zhao (VP of Chinese Lantern Festival) and Amy Lewis Hofland (Director at the Crow Collection of Asian Art Museum), came out to support the organization and its members.

At the NAAAP-DFW Awards Gala Thursday night, Galileo (Gal) Jumaoas, Shannon Chen and Tammy Nguyen Lee won the award for 2012 Leaders of Excellence Award. The awards recognized Asian Americans in North Texas making a difference in the community. Galileo Jumaoas is the current President of Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (GDAACC), established over 25 years ago to assist the Asian American business community. Shannon Chen’s organization, Community Youth Leadership Camp, provides direction, leadership and guidance while building confidence in aspiring Chinese American youth, through skills training in communication and team building. Tammy Nguyen Lee, founder of Against the Grain Productions (ATG), is known for raising awareness for Asian American issues and aid worthy causes, especially Asian orphanages.


NAAAP, the National Association of Asian American Professionals, is a non-profit organization where Asian American professionals across the country, can work together to enhance Asian American leadership in our careers and the communities that we live and serve in.

As the largest and fastest growing Asian American professional organization NAAAP continues to provide its members with the tools and resources to further career advancements and to empower Asian Americans to become great leaders as well as reliable employees.

In order to achieve our goals NAAAP offers a diverse range of professional development programs on the local and national level, engages its membership in community service and organizes professional networking events. These may range from a series of panels, workshops and seminars. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization we also seek to promote the active participation of Asian Americans in society through community service.