The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) to honor the contributions made by immigrants to the United States, their home countries and traditions, and the legacy they leave behind for the next generations. According to NECO, the honorees, who include native-born and naturalized U.S. citizens from diverse backgrounds, are said to “exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives, while continuing to preserve the richness of their particular heritage.” The Ellis Island Medals of Honor have officially been recognized by the United States House of Representativesand United States Senate Honor.
Approximately 100 Medalists from different countries are honored each year. Each Medalist’s name is read into the Congressional Record. Six Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government, have been recognized as Medalists in the past. Numerous Iranian Americans have been honored by NECO as Medalists for their contributions to this country and their desire and ability to keep the Iranian history and culture alive. We are honored to include their names here.
Iranian American Honorees from inception to 2013 (in alphabetical order):
Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh – President of Long Island Plastic Surgical Group
Cyrus Amir-Mokri – Senior Advisor at U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Anousheh Ansari – Cof-ounder and Chairman of Prodea Systems, Inc.
Hamid Ansari – Co-founder and President of Prodea Systems, Inc.
Hushang Ansary – Chairman of the Parman Group
Farhad Azima – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Leasing Group of Companies (ALG)
Mori Hosseini – Chairman and CEO of ICI Homes
Laya Khadjavi – Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Darioush Khaledi – Chairman and CEO, K.V. Mart Co.; Proprietor, Darioush Winery
Parisa Khosravi – Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering for CNN Worldwide
Bijan R. Kian – Member of Board of Directors of Export-Import Bank of the United States
Farah B. Majidzadeh – Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Board of Resource International, Inc. (Rii)
Nooshin Malakzad – Owner, Nooshin Inc.
Fariborz Maseeh – Founder and Managing Principal, Picoco LLC
Mohsen Moazami – Vice President of Internet Business Solutions Group at Cisco
Avid Modjtabai -Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Wells Fargo
Dr. Reza Momeni – Plastic Reconstructive Cosmetic Surgeon
Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani – Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer- Private Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs
Francis Najafi – Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pivotal Group
Dr. Hosein Shokouh-Amiri – Transplant Surgeon
Morris M. Shirazipour – CEO, Aero Toy Store
Taraneh Sohrab – Banker