Ryan Patel

Business executive Ryan Patel has been honored by the National Association of Asian American Professionals. (naaap.org photo)

Ryan Patel, an Indian American business executive, will be recognized by the National Association of Asian American Professionals of Southern California at their 10th anniversary gala.

The association made the announcement of honoring Patel for his accomplishments with the Business Leader of the Year “Connect” Award in an April 24 news release.

“I am humbled to receive this award and to celebrate with such a supportive community that fosters the making of our generation’s next great leaders,” Patel said in a statement. “We truly are stronger together and this award represents how far we’ve come and the boundaries we’ve been able to cross.”

The “Together We Are Stronger”-themed gala is scheduled for May 12 at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles.

Patel is one of only four recipients who will receive an award at the 2018 NAAAP-SoCal Annual Awards Gala. Each award honors the nonprofit’s core values to cultivate, engage, connect and inspire.

“Many business leaders are celebrated for having great ideas on scaling brands to the global stage,” says NAAAP SoCal: Los Angeles chapter vice president Lance Hong in a statement. “Those ideas are inspired by Ryan Patel.”

Patel has established himself as a thought-leader and expert in growing and scaling companies. He most notably helped turn the once young frozen-yogurt brand Pinkberry into a global leader, expanding its stores from 95 locations to 270 locations across 23 countries, during his tenure as vice president of global development.

Before Patel served at Pinkberry, he worked for Wet Seal Retail Inc., Jamba Juice, BJ’s Restaurants Inc. and Panda Express.

He was awarded the 2015 Executive of the Year by the LA Business Journal and Special U.S. Congressional Recognition for outstanding services to the community. In 2017, Inc. Magazine listed him as one of nine executives and innovators who serve as an inspiration for how all businesses can make a difference. He serves on the advisory boards for Communities for Cause, Inc., GIVN Goods Inc., and American Red Cross Los Angeles Region.

He combines his passion for business and giving back by sitting on numerous boards, such as Red Cross of LA and coaching entrepreneurs, the association added.

Representatives from US Bank, Hugo Boss, Airbnb, and Buzzfeed, to name a few, will be in attendance at this year’s gala, the association noted.

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