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North Texas Immigrant Leaders Will Be Honored at the 2015 Immigrant Journey Awards

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In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, Cowles & Thompson, PC presents the 2015 Immigrant Journey Awards on June 12. Winners of the Immigrant Entrepreneur, Immigrant Professional Excellence, Immigrant Spirit, and Immigrant Advocate Awards will be announced at the luncheon.

May 5, 2015 – DALLAS — In its commitment to spotlight immigrant achievements in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Cowles & Thompson, a nationally ranked Dallas law firm, will honor immigrant professionals, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and advocates at the 2015 Immigrant Journey Awards on Friday, June 12, 2015. The nominees for the awards are:

Charlie Chen, Chairman of Richardson Chamber of Commerce
Raymond Corral, RF Microwave Engineer, Alcatel-Lucent
Edith D’Agostino, Owner, Gabbiano Group, LLC
Dilshad Dayani, Founder, President and CEO of World Women Global Council
Mauricio Dominguez, Assistant Superintendent, Dallas Independent School District
Ashok Mago, Owner, Mago & Associates
Joe Madu, President, West Africa-America Chamber of Commerce and Industries
Azam Mirza and Claudia Mirza, President and CEO of Akorbi
Patricia Moore, COO of Sentrum International Corporation
Nagla Moussa, President of National Autism Association of North Texas
Rajan Rijal, Research Assistant Professor at University of North Texas
Andres Ruzo,CEO, Link America
Roxana Valenzuela, Owner, Mix Cocina Restaurant
Anh Vo, Owner, Cindi’s N.Y. Delicatessen Restaurant and Bakery

Of the 14 nominees, two award winners each will be named in the Immigrant Entrepreneur and Immigrant Professional Excellence categories, while one winner each will receive recognition in the Immigrant Advocate and Immigrant Spirit categories.

“We meet immigrants when they first decide to make the United States their new home,” said Ann Badmus, immigration law section leader of the firm. “So it’s very rewarding to honor these accomplished individuals with much-deserved recognition. Their stories show the strength and determination that have made America great.”

Winners will be announced on Friday, June 12 at the Prestonwood Country Club, 15909 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available at

The keynote speaker is Myron Rolle, Rhodes Scholar and former NFL athlete. Myron’s parents immigrated from Bahamas and he is only the third Rhodes Scholar to play in the NFL to date.

Through a competitive process, the Immigrant Journey Awards identifies outstanding new American high school students in North Texas for the American Dream Scholarship. Three scholarship winners will be announced at the luncheon as well.

Based in Dallas, Cowles & Thompson has been offering our clients legal representation across a broad spectrum of specialties for over 30 years. We have always worked as hard as we could and will continue to do so with the singular purpose of achieving our clients’ goals. For more information, please visit

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