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IAPAC Trustee to Receive Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Source: Iranian American Political Action Committee (IAPAC)
New York, NY - Mr. Mori Hosseini, Chairman and CEO of ICI Homes and IAPAC Trustee, will receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor at a ceremony in the Great Hall on Ellis Island on Saturday, May 13, 2006.

The Ellis Island Medals of Honor are awarded annually by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) in recognition of distinguished Americans of various ethnic backgrounds for their extraordinary contributions to American society. Mr. Ali Ebrahimi, Mr. Hamid Moghadam, Dr. Fariborz Maseeh and Mr. Fred Pezeshkan, will be joining Mr. Hosseini amongst the Iranian Americans to receive the prestigious award. Prior Iranian American recipients include Mr. Michael S. Ansari, Mr. Hushang Ansary, Dr. Homayoun Firouztash, Mr. Nasser J. Kazeminy and Mr. Akbar Lari.

Established in 1986 by NECO, the Ellis Island Medals of Honor pay tribute to the heritage of those groups that compromise America’s unique cultural mosaic and extraordinary individual achievement. With over 5 million members, NEOC serves as an umbrella group for over 250 organizations that celebrate, educate and nurture ethnic pride, heritage, culture, tradition and commerce. Four Presidents, several members of the U.S. Congress and Nobel Prize winners are among the remarkable group of individuals to have previously received the award. The Ellis Island Medals of Honor are sanctioned by the U.S. Congress and recipients’ names are listed in the Congressional Record.

Mr. Hosseini founded his Daytona Beach based company in 1980. Under his leadership, the company flourished and became one of the largest residential homebuilders in Florida. Besides land development and homebuilding, Mr. Hosseini is involved in other enterprises throughout Florida and is ultimately responsible for the employment of thousands of people.

Behind his driving professional success, Mr. Hosseini is anchored by a strong sense of dedication and commitment to his community that has been so good to him. Over the years, he has been passionately giving back to many organizations in a variety of ways. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, his alma mater, named their sports complex “ICI Center” after a generous contribution from Mr. Hosseini and the hospitality center at Daytona Beach Community College will be named “Mori Hosseini Center” once construction is completed.

Born in Iran, Mr. Hosseini was primarily educated in London, where he received a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from the Chelsea College of Aeronautical Engineering. He and his wife, Forough, came to America in 1977 and settled in Daytona Beach, where Mr. Hosseini attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and earned a B.S in aeronautical studies and an MBA. A dedicated family man, Mr. Hosseini and his wife of 27 years, have three daughters. Their twins, aged eleven, and their 22-year-old recent graduate of University of Michigan keep them both actively involved with their many activities.

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