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Article published on 31/05/2022
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APLIX Inc. was awarded from MICA during a ceremony which recognizes the work of foreign-owned companies and their community commitments in Charlotte.

MICA recognized the corporate philanthropy of three foreign-owned firms and internationally focused contributions of individuals in the Charlotte region : DMG MORI, VS America and APLIX Inc.

“Charlotte is known as a diverse, international city, where our strength and our appeal to newcomers is built through our diversity,” said Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. “This year’s MICA award winners demonstrate all the positive attributes that are valued in companies that embrace their community through public service.”


This year, Ziaulhaq “Booyah” Ghafoori of Interpreting Freedom Foundation will be recognized with the Richard Vinroot International Achievement Award for his dedication to supporting our troops and veterans along with the tireless work he help during the resettlement of over 300 new Afghans in Charlotte.


Juan Cruz of JuaJua Services will be presented with the CIC International Entrepreneur Award. Cruz is an immigrant entrepreneur who is diversifying his commercial pressure washing business as he expands nationally from Charlotte.  


The Global Leader Award will be presented to Eileen Cai for her success with building international partnerships, bringing  investments to Charlotte, as well as her leadership through the Japan America Society of North Carolina and the Carolina Asian American Chamber of Commerce.


MICA is hosted by the Charlotte International Cabinet and is a collaborative program with the City of Charlotte’s Office of the Mayor and Department of Economic Development.