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Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders is pleased to present the 2018 Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year Award to Mr. Thiru Thangarathinam. His accomplishments as the founder and CEO of an accomplished Arizona based technology and services firm makes him very deserving of this distinguished recognition. The award will be presented to him at the organization’s annual Leadership Awards Gala on July 13, 2019.

Mr. Thiru Thangarathinam founded MST Solutions, a global software consulting organization that specializes in transforming customer experience in today’s digitally connected world. Building on his experience as Chief Architect at Apollo Group where he designed and implemented large scale transformation programs, Thiru was determined to chart his own destiny. One year later and without previous entrepreneurial experience, he left the corporate world and started his own business out of his home office.

Today, MST Solutions employees nearly 300 people and continues to expand its Chandler, Arizona headquarters. Throughout the years of rapid growth, Thiru focused on encouraging work-life balance and creating a workplace culture everyone could enjoy. Under his leadership, MST Solutions was awarded as one of the best places to work in the Phoenix area and Mr. Thangarathinam was recently recognized by Phoenix Business Journal as one of the Most Admired Leaders in the valley, in addition to being an EY Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist for 2019.

Event: 2019 ACEL Leadership Awards Gala

Date: July 13, 2019

Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm

Location: Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

Keynote Speaker: Hamilton Chang, CEO of Ballparks of America

Ticket Price: $145.00*

Attire: Business professional. All tickets are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 10, 2019 to guarantee your seat. Corporate Tables are available, please inquire for more info

More information available on our website: 

Conference Registration

Early Bird Rate Before 6/14/2019
General Registration After 6/14/2019
COMMUNITY RECEPTION: (Fri, 7/12, 5:30-7:30pm) | Keynote Speaker: Harry Lee)  $25.00  $40.00
LEADERSHIP AWARDS GALA: (Sat., 7/13, 5:30-8:30pm | Keynote Speaker: Hamilton Chang) $95.00 $145.00
DAY PASS: Friday Conference (Fri., 7/12) Access to 12 Workshops/Seminars, Lunch & Reception $175.00 $275.00
DAY PASS: Sat. Conference (Sat., 7/13) Access to 10 Workshops/Seminars & Lunch & Awards Gala $199.00 $299.00
ALL-INCLUSIVE PASS: Best Deal!** (Friday, July 12 – Saturday, July, 13)   Full Access to Reception, Conference and Gala Event $299.00 $399.00
**WHIAAPI REGIONAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT (Fri., 7/12) In Partnership with the White House Initiative on AAPI (WHIAAPI), US Dept. of Commerce-Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) & National ACE | Access to 5 Workshops, Lunch & Reception $175.00 $275.00

Group Discounts are Available, please contact us for more information.

All conference registrations must be purchased online with a credit or debit card. Once you RSVP through, an email with a PayPal link for payment will be sent to the address that you provide when you RSVP. Your registration will be confirmed by an email sent to the same address after we receive your payment. Please ensure that your email address is correct when registering.

Attire: Business professional/Semi-formal.
All purchases are non-refundable. All payments must receive by 4 p.m. on July 8, 2019 to guarantee your seat.


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