Public Industry and Personal Recognition


2016: HAPA Icon of the Year  - Hospitality Entrepreneur - presented at the HAPA Regional 2016 - 2018 Awards


2008: Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (The Public Service Medal) - conferred and presented by His Excellency S.R. Nathan, President of Singapore 


2004: Citizen of the Royal Kingdom of Cambodia  - nominated by the Prime Minister, conferred by the King, presented by the National Assembly of Cambodia


2003: Inducted as patron and founding member into the International Food and Beverage Hall of Fame Society, Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island, USA  


2002: Commander's Medal of Sahametrei - conferred and presented by His Excellency Samdech Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia


2002: Travel Personality of the Year 2002 - highest Asian Industry recognition, presented at the TTG Travel Awards


2001: Corporate Citizen of the Year - presented at the CNBC Asian Business Leader Awards.


2001: Outstanding Contribution to Tourism - conferred by the Singapore Tourism Board, presented by the President of Singapore


1999: The Royal Order of Sahametrei - by order of and presented by His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk


1998: Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award - conferred by the Board of Trustees and presented by the President of the University


1997: Michigan State University School of Hospitality Business Alumni Association Wall of Fame 'Class of Internationals' Honoree - conferred by the School of Hospitality Business and presented by its Director


1995: Michigan State of University Joon S. Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding contribution to International Activities - conferred by the Board of Trustees and presented by the Dean of the College of Business, Michigan State University