Top 10 East Asian Entrepreneurs

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Mindi M. May, CEO

Aztec Awards
San Diego

No. 229
2010 Revenue: $2.3 million
Three-Year Growth: 1,400%

Mindi M. May says that coming to the U.S. as a Vietnamese refugee as a six-year-old kid was a character building experience. She was raised in Racine, Wis., where a local family and church sponsored her acclimation into her new life. "Most of my friends' parents were working for either SC Johnson, Case, Twin Disc or Modine Manufacturing," she says. "Having school field trips to these companies held my fascination throughout my childhood." Today, Aztec Awards, which makes corporate awards and IP recognition products, is the manifested reality of her childhood dreams.