Sunnie S. Kim, co-founder and current President and Chief Executive Officer of Hana Financial, Inc.-a full service non-bank direct lender-was one of five winners of the Los Angeles Business Journal's 2012 Asian Business Award.
The winners, chosen from 34 finalists, were awarded during a luncheon on Wednesday, July 25 at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.
The awards were sponsored by Cathay Pacific
, Wells Fargo
, and the Asian Business Association
Winners were selected based on companies within the Asian American business community who are setting an example for excellence throughout the Greater Los Angeles area.
"I had a vision of creating a commercial finance company specializing in factoring, SBA lending, home mortgages, and commercial real estate lending that catered to fast-growing, small businesses," said Ms. Kim, who co-founded Hana Financial in 1994 as the first minority-owned commercial finance company in Los Angeles.
is the realization of my vision and this award from the Los Angeles Business Journal
is a tribute to the passion that has driven me the past 17 years."
recognized Ms. Kim
creation of Hana
, and a career in which she
has redefined the roles of women in Asian enterprises as the first female CEO and president of any major Korean American enterprise.
At a time when traditional lenders shied away from family-owned Korean American garment businesses, Ms. Kim created Hana in order to provide financial services to a community she believed would flourish if given the opportunity.