Two Boeing [NYSE:BA] executives will be recognized next week for their leadership and community service by the Organization of Chinese Americans and its Business Advisory Council.
Dianne Chong, of St. Louis, and Gary Toyama, of Seal Beach, Calif., are among 11 recipients who will receive the National Asian American Corporate Achievement Award at ceremonies on Oct. 18 in Hollywood, Fla. The recipients are being recognized for their outstanding contributions to their companies and communities.
Both Chong and Toyama work for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, which is headquartered in St. Louis. Chong is responsible for the leadership and daily management of more than 200 engineers across three departments.
Toyama is the deputy to the vice president/general manager of operations for Integrated Defense Systems, and oversees the day-to-day manufacturing and production at more than 20 sites with 21,000 employees across the United States.
Despite their demanding professional lives, both Chong and Toyama are actively involved in their communities. As a mentor, Chong is involved in INROADS, a minority student program, and Women of Tomorrow, a program that helps young women from inner city St. Louis high schools. She is also a member of the board of directors of the St. Louis chapter of the American Red Cross, serves on the steering committee for a St. Louis YWCA program that honors women leaders and holds workshops to encourage young women to pursue careers in math and science.
Toyama is considered a role model and mentor by his peers who often seek him for career advice and counsel. He is an executive sponsor for the Asian American Professional Association. For the past 10 years he has been a motivational speaker for youth in his community through the Youth Motivational Task Force. In addition, he serves as an advisor to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Chong holds a doctorate in metallurgy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master`s of business administration from Washington University in St. Louis. Toyama holds a bachelor`s degree in electrical engineering and a master`s degree in business administration from the University of California, Irvine.
The Organization of Chinese Americans, Inc. is a national civil rights advocacy and education organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Americans of Chinese and Asian/Pacific Islander descent. Established in 1973 with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the organization has nearly 90 chapters and college affiliates across the country.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world`s largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $23 billion business. It provides systems solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; the world`s largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world`s largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA`s largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services.