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Sunny K. Park
Sunny K. Park, ICAS Fellow and Liberty Awardee, is Chief Executive Janitor of General Building Maintenance, CEO of Global Sun Investments, Inc., and Board member of Brand Bank. Sunny is 2000 USO Patriot Award recipient and one of Most Influential Atlantans by JAMES Magazine and Atlanta Business Chronicle in multiple years. He is an Executive in Residence of Georgia State University and lectures regularly.
Sunny, a native of South Korea, served as Commissioner of the White House Advisory Commission and Vice Chairman of Georgia Ports Authority. He immigrated to the United States in 1974 with no money who now, as an indicator of his business acumen, has successfully achieved his goal of paying $1 million in annual income tax.
Sunny also serves several nonprofit boards; National Guard’s Youth Foundation in Washington, DC which supports programs for high school dropouts; USO Georgia; National Center for Civil and Human Rights; Carter Center Board of Councilors; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Atlanta Rotary Club Board; WABE Atlanta Public Broadcasting; Advisory Board of Kennesaw State University; Emeritus board member of Berry College and Junior Achievements Georgia; National Museum of Patriotism Board; Georgia Public Policy Foundation; Shepherd Center Hospital; Emory University Board of Visitors; Savannah College of Art & Design. He is 2004 and 2008 Presidential Elector from Georgia.
Sunny served as president of the National Korean American Federation (1991); Chairman of the 1992 Overseas Korean Conference in Berlin, Germany. In 1996, he founded the American Korean Friendship Society to strengthen unique relationship between the two nations. To encourage fellow immigrants to become active in community affairs, he founded the Good Neighboring Foundation. With his own program “If Sunny Can, I Can,” he mentors high school dropouts at Youth Challenge Programs. Sunny presented the commencement speeches to Class 2006 of Kennesaw State University, Class 2007 of Berry College, Rome, Georgia and 2018 of Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi.
Sunny is laureate of Atlanta Business Hall of Fame of Junior Achievements and KATUSA Hall of Fame in Korea. He is decorated with People’s Merit of the Republic of Korea, Community Service Award by the President of the U. S., Americanism Medal by Daughters of American Revolution, Patrick Henry Trophy by National Guards, Small Business Person of the Year by Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Youth Foundation 2007, Van Landingham Commitment to Economic Education Award by Georgia State University 2009.
Sunny studied three years at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, Kellogg School of Management Executive Course, National Security Seminars at US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA. He received honorary doctorate from Belhaven University. Sunny and his family attends Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, GA.
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