Immigrant Journey Awards


Annual Immigrant Journey Awards Program

America is the great country it is today because it was founded by individuals who became Americans by choice. Their ideas, creativity, strengths and determination built a nation that continues to welcome and utilize the talents of those who are inspired by this country's promise. In turn, their achievements have become a source of inspiration to others. Each year, Cowles & Thompson and sponsors recognize and honor exceptional immigrant individuals who have chosen to make this country their home and who have demonstrated leadership in business, a chosen profession or in the civic arena at the annual Immigrant Journey Awards Luncheon. The luncheon is held in June in celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month.

Immigrant Journey Awards

The goal of the Immigrant Journey Awards Program is to honor and celebrate immigrants whose achievements will serve as a role model and an inspiration to all who reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, regardless of their land of birth. The program also raises scholarship funds for immigrant or first generation American high school students.


Nominate a deserving candidate, sponsor the Awards Luncheon, apply for a scholarship, or attend the luncheon:

  • Nomination information
  • Sponsorship opportunities
  • Awards Luncheon registration – Friday, June 10, 2016, 11 :30 a.m., Prestonwood Country Club, Dallas, Texas
  • Scholarship application
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Previous winners for each award category are:

Immigrant Entrepreneur Award – Honoring an immigrant business owner who has founded a highly successful business in DFW and who serves as a model and inspiration of success.

2011 – Jose Fuentes and Gloria Rubio, Gloria's Restaurant (Winner), Baku Kshatriya, ECOM Consulting (Winner), Syed Abbas , CEO2Cimple, Inc. (Honorable Mention)
2012 – Sante Chary, US Physican Resources (Winner), Fernando Andrade, GSR Andrade Architects, Inc. (Winner)
2013 – Adil Adi, Worldlink, Inc. (Winner), Dr. Walter Chiang, CP&Y, Inc. (Winner)
2015 – Anh Vo, Cindi's New York Delicatessen Restaurant and Bakery, Azam and Claudia Mirza, Akorbi Int'l

Immigrant Professional Excellence Award – Honoring an immigrant who has demonstrated significant professional achievements in their field and whose advancements in their field have positively impacted their profession or community.

2011 – Muthu Mudaliar, MS, MBA, RFC (Winner), Oscar Pareja, Coach and Director of Player Development, FC Dallas (Winner) Edward Okpa, CEO, The Okpa Company (Honorable Mention)
2012 – Joyce Brown, founder and CEO, EFW Montessori School Inc. (Winner), Dr. Olubayo A. Idowu, M.D. FACP (Winner)
2013 – Elizabeth Hernandez Sosa, Borden Dairy Co. (Winner), Hector Molina, Kpost Company (Winner),Florencia Velasco Fortner, The Concilio (Winner)
2015 – Dr. Dilshad Dayani, World Women Global Council, Patricia Moore, Sentrum International Corporation<>

Immigrant Spirit Award -Recognizing an immigrant civic leader or elected official who has contributed substantially to the community or the region.

2011 – Joe Chow, Mayor of Addison, Texas
2012 – Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner, District 4
2013 – Peter Burns, The Mindbender Academy
2015 – Mauricio Dominguez, Dallas Independent School District

Immigrant Advocate Award – Recognizing an individual, organization, business, or governmental entity who has made a positive impact on the lives of immigrants, and who advocates on behalf of immigrants.

2011 – Raul Mateo Magdaleno (Winner), Krio Descendents Union of Texas (Honorable Mention)
2012 – Mosaic Family Services, Dallas, Texas
2013 – Hsa Hsing Chinese School, Plano, Texas
2015 – Nagla Moussa, National Autism Association of North Texas

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2015 Immigrant Journey Awards
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2012 Immigrant Journey Awards


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