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Ellis Island Medal of Honor

vivekKV Kumar
Received Ellis Island Medal of Honor from National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, Honored for Exceptional Commitment to Community Service.

KV Kumar is one of five Americans of Indian origin to receive "2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor."

KV Kumar from Bangalore, India, started his career at the World Bank, is a management consultant to entrepreneurs, NGOs and small and large businesses. KV is the Managing Partner at KV Kumar & Associates LLC, and serves on the boards of several companies. He is a strategist, negotiator, turnaround and connectivity expert, who has turned around many companies and organizations. KV is founder of many organizations including US Indian American Chamber of Commerce, India Club of the World Bank and IMF, U.S. India Foundation (a think-tank, in- organization). He was President and CEO of American Systems International, where he successfully negotiated strategic partnership with NELCO of the TATA Group, India.

KV serves on California State Bar Board of Governor's Committee of Bar Examiners; Small Business Council of U.S. Chamber of Commerce; California State District Appeals Board, U.S. Selective Service: Advisory Boards of the Latino Coalition and Hispanic 100 and Board of Trustees, International Women's Think-tank Organization, to name a few.

KV has spent over one third of his life serving as a volunteer individually and through several organizations. He has served all Presidents from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama; He was the first Indian American appointed as Member of the Executive Committee, U.S. Small Business Administration. KV facilitated the signing of a MoU between SBA and Government of India. Frederick Schoenhut, former Chairman of NY Board of Trade & Intercontinental Exchange, who has worked with KV on several boards, says, KV is a truly selfless, dedicated volunteer.

KV Kumar is a survivor of Brain Injury, who went through a decade of rehabilitation. He has served on the Arizona Governor's Council on Spinal & Head Injury; Arizona Brain Injury Association (BIA); Special Committee of US Brain Injury Association; and Board of Governors of International Brain Injury Association (IBIA) in addition to volunteering at the National Rehab Hospital in Washington, DC.

KV received many awards for his service to the survivors and the families of the brain injured, including the Brain Injury Association (USA) which honored KV for 'Unheralded Advocacy' on Behalf of Victims of Brain Injury;IBIA President's Award; Arizona Governor's Council Award and the Arizona Brain Injury Association Award. KV's advocacy led to U.S. Congress passing "1996 TBI Act" to help over 50 million Americans with brain injury.

KV is recipient of many awards for his outstanding contribution to the community: 2009 Most Influential Multi-Cultural Business Leader; Honored Patriot and Bronze Medal for Meritorious Service, U.S. Selective Service; Distinguished Service Award to the Business Community, Secretary of U.S. Department of Energy; Distinguished Recognition Award for Advocacy to Small Businesses; U.S. Department of Commerce; Featured in the "Notable Asian Americans", a publication of 250 Notable Asian Americans; Six awards from US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for dedication and service to minority businesses; Distinguished Service & Strategist Par Excellence, Asian American Leadership Council, to name a few.

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