SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Last week, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes was honored at the annual International Leadership Foundation (ILF) Business Conference and Awards Gala with an international Public Servant Award for his outstanding professional achievements domestically and globally, including training leaders from other nations and partnering with them to fight global crises like human trafficking, hunger, cybercrime and corruption.
At home in the United States and Utah, he has led out on some of the biggest cases and most consequential issues, including the opioid epidemic and dismantling white collar crime. In a short time, Reyes has restored public trust, transparency, and workplace excellence to an office that was previously mired in scandal and allegations of corruption.
The son of an immigrant Filipino/Spanish father and Japanese/Hawaiian mother, Reyes was also recognized by the ILF for his decades-long career contributions to the improvement of the Asian Pacific American (APA) and other minority communities. Among his achievements on behalf of the APA Community, Reyes was a co-founder of the Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce and the first APA elected to statewide office in state history.
Approximately 500 guests attended the Washington, D.C. awards gala at the Capital Hilton, including U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, distinguished APA business and community leaders, entrepreneurs, international business delegates, ILF Fellows and international students.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to accept the Public Servant Award from such a distinguished group of APA leaders,” said Reyes. “My team has worked tirelessly to protect the citizens of Utah and the U.S., while we help empower our friends globally to benefit the world. In Utah, we have also worked hard to improve the quality of legal work, ethics, transparency and morale in our office. This award provides additional affirmation for all of the efforts and progress we have made in just four years.”
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION
The International Leadership Foundation (ILF) is a non-profit organization that promotes the civic engagement, leadership empowerment, and economic prosperity of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community to enhance the representation of diversity in our country. The mission of ILF is to cultivate civic-minded future APA and Asian leaders in public service, in particular. This is accomplished through civic leadership training support from the ILF’s network of 15 national and global advisory boards. Board members serve as examples of leadership, with tenured professionals who span business, civic, and community-focused industries. Since 2000, ILF has provided scholarships and educational programs with over 7,000 APA and Asian students to make them emerging leaders.
ABOUT UTAH ATTORNEY GENERAL SEAN REYES
The Honorable Sean D. Reyes is the 21st Attorney General and first ethnic minority elected statewide in Utah. Reyes has received wide praise for regaining public trust and successfully handling many of the most important cases in the state’s history. The first ethnic minority elected to statewide office in the State of Utah, Reyes won re-election in 2016 by a landslide. Prior to serving as AG, Reyes held the position of General Counsel for a Utah company and before that was one of the first minority partners at Utah's largest law firm, where he was recognized by the American Bar Association as its first ever National Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2008. In 2015, Reyes was selected by the Republican National Committee as a national rising star; he was asked to serve on President Trump’s SCOTUS, Hispanic and APA advisory committees during the 2016 presidential election and has been discussed as a possible candidate to serve as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. www.seanreyes.com