ICAS Bulletin
Institute for Corean-American Studies, Inc.

June 22, 2009

Matthew Duksun Lee

Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Allied Technology Group, Inc.

Guest of Honour

ICAS Summer Symposium
The Korean Diaspora

ICAS Reception & Dinner
August 1, 2009 Saturday 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center
Blue Bell, PA 19422

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that Matthew Duksun Lee will be our Guest of Honour joining the cadre of the previous honourees ICAS Liberty Award Recipients for his "outstanding achievements with distinction and his positive contributions to the society and humanity" and that he will address "My Journey to American Dream" at the ICAS Reception & Dinner on August 1, 2009.

Matt is a Korean immigrant who came to America at the age of 26 in search of his American dream. Matt entered the computer industry starting as a computer programmer, and later started his own business.

Matt is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Allied Technology Group, Inc. (ATG) with its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland and many other offices located across the United States and overseas. He had served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allied Technology since its founding in 1988. It is a provider of a wide range of information systems, engineering, communications and network integration services, ranging from design and development through full life-cycle support to security and operational management.

Matt's vision with which ATG was founded is that of a firm that offers highly dynamic, yet stable and supportive, professional environment for our staff while providing the highest quality professional services to our customers. In pursuit of this vision, he has established two central principles as the foundation of ATG's corporate culture and its project performance. These principles not only have defined ATG, but also have significantly affected our consistent growth throughout its history.

ATG's central principle is that its staff comprises its most valuable and visible asset and a reflection of its corporate identity. From the outset, ATG has been a true "home" for its staff, emphasizing recognition of performance, opportunity, and support for continuing education and technical training. Its success in building this environment is reflected in its enviable staff retention rate and in its staff's consistently superior performance. That performance has been the major factor in its emergence as a leader in information technology and engineering services.

ATG's second principle is that its customers, whether large or small, require and deserve the support that is responsive, flexible, and efficient. Matt, therefore, has created a company that excels in project planning, that consistently implements a policy of frequent customer communication, and that "owns" the customer's goals and objectives as its own. ATG also has maintained a slim management structure which allows ATG to rapidly respond to customer requests at minimum cost. Its success in building this environment is reflected by its consistently superior project performance evaluations, another factor in our growth and corporate reputation.

From 1969 until 1989, Matt had been employed at Westat, Inc. (www.Westat.com) located in Rockville, Maryland, one of the largest survey research organizations in the world. He spent 20 years at Westat, starting at a low level and rapidly making his way up to the corporate management. Matt served his last 13 years as a vice president at Westat.

Matt got his start in the computer industry in 1966 at its relatively early stage. He started out as a computer programmer at Control Data Corporation, which was known as the largest supercomputer manufacturer from mid-60s to mid-70s. Matt had served as Commissioner on the Maryland Governors Commission on Minority Business Enterprise Reform that was established in 2003 to develop a plan to reform the State's Minority Business Enterprise Program. He had also co-chaired the Committee on Access to Capital and Credit. Matt was appointed by the Governor of Maryland in 2004 and again in 2006 to serve a two year term as a member of the Governor's Council for Historically Underutilized Business. He is also serving on the Board of Directors of Hawk Corporation created by the University of Maryland in Eastern Shore for the economic development of the eastern Maryland area as a charter member.

Invited by the President of Software Valley Foundation created by the State of West Virginia in concert with West Virginia University to promote hi-tech industrial and economic development for the State, Matt served as a charter member of the Foundation for several years starting from 1983.

In 1977, Matt founded and served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Korean Catholic Federal Credit Union (KCFCU) in Washington, D. C., which is the first Federally chartered credit union for a Korean community in the United States. The KCFCU has been serving thousands of Korean immigrants in the Washington metropolitan area.

For over 30 years, Matt has been very active in philanthropy, serving in leadership roles and providing financial support to numerous charitable, social, civic, cultural, educational and religious organizations including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Hankuk University for Foreign Studies
  • Washington Theological Union
  • College of William and Mary
  • Georgetown University
  • Little Sisters of the Holy Family
  • Catholic churches
  • FIAT Foundation
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Catholic Worker
  • Maryknoll Fathers
  • North American Korean Catholic Conference
  • Support Our Aging Religious (SOAR)
  • Various cultural, arts, and community services organizations in the Korean community
  • Various other religious and civic organizations

Matt has received many awards, citations and recognitions over the years including the following:

  • Most distinguished alumnus from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in April, 2009 on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of its founding.
  • Business Legend Award given to three recipients by Top 100 MBE, November 2008
  • Pro Ecclesia et Pro Pontifice, Pope Benedict XVI, 2006
  • Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration, HUFS, 2004. The first and only recipient of this honor among more than 100,000 graduates on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its founding.
  • Alumnus of the Year, 2000 and 2005, HUFS
  • Many citations and special recognitions from, but not limited to,
    • U. S. Navy
    • U. S. Army
    • U. S. Coast Guard
    • U. S. Department of State
    • U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • U. S. National Aeronautical and Space Administration
    • U. S. Senator Barbara Mikulski
    • Governor of the State of Maryland

Matt was born in Korea and finished all of his education in Korea with an honorary doctorate in business administration from his alma mater, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.

Thank you.

Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President

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