Ascend recently announced that international business
leader Washington SyCip will be honored with the first ever President’s
Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Leadership Lunch in New York City at the
Ascend National Convention 2011.
Washington SyCip, founder of Philippine based financial services
firm SGV & Co and internationally recognized Pan-Asian business leader,
will be accepting the organization’s first ever President’s Lifetime
Achievement Award. Mr. SyCip is a sought-after authority on business matters
ranging from best practices, to mentoring and leadership in finance, business
management, philanthropic endeavors and promoting educational programs.
"Mr. SyCip came from humble beginnings to build a strong and
powerful network. He has won the respect and trust of others in Asian
leadership,” says Arthur Chin, Executive Director of Ascend. "His
accomplishments underscore the Ascend mission and it is our privilege to honor
his contributions to our community.”
Mr. SyCip, 90, is Chinese born and grew up in both Shanghai and
the Philippines, receiving an American education while still overseas. He
graduated high school at fifteen and received his Bachelors of Science in two
and a half years. He graduated summa cum laude from the Catholic University of
Santo Tomas (UST). Mr. SyCip attended Columbia University for Masters of
Science in Commerce and then began his career in the financial world.
Establishing himself as an accountant with his brothers, they grew
their community business in Manila following World War II. Ultimately, his firm
would take over his competitors and would accomplish a merger in 1946 that
would result in his famed empire SyCip, Gorres, Velayo and Company (SGV). Going
global with affiliates in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and South
Vietnam allowed him to give back to his Pan-Asian community by erecting the
Asian Institute of Management in the Philippines, creating the SGV Foundation
and the SGV Professional/Social Involvement Program. After he relinquished his
job as managing partner of SGV and became the Chairman SGV, the company
continued to expand to Hong Kong, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Sri Lanka and
As an acclaimed member of the international business community, Mr.
SyCip was appointed to many boards and advisory committees. Mr. SyCip
served as founder at the Institute of Management, Senior Adviser of
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co, Member of the International Advisory Board of
the American International Group, and is the Chairman of over a dozen boards
including the Asia Pacific Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. SyCip was also a Member of the International Advisory Board of the Chase
Manhattan, Independent Director of Philippine National Bank &
Highlands Prime Inc., founder at the Asian Institute of Management and
Executive Officer of SyCip, Gorres, Velayo & Co.
Ascend’s President Jeffrey Chin will be presenting the award at
the Leadership Lunch at the Ascend National Convention. Arthur Chin is
exceptionally excited to have Washington accepting Ascend’s award. "We
are incredibly honored to present Mr. SyCip with a token of our appreciation,”
said Mr. Chin. "His visionary efforts continue to give back to the Pan-Asian