Lecture series brings Atlanta businessman Sunny Park to Auburn University

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Atlanta businessman Sunny Park will be this year’s guest speaker for the College of Liberal Arts Gordon Sherman Lecture, Monday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m. in the Auburn University Alumni Center and will speak on “The Selected 20 percent.” A reception will follow the talk.

Park is founder and CEO of Global Sun Investments, founder of One Georgia Bank and former vice-chairman of the Georgia Port Authority.

A native of South Korea, he arrived in the United States in 1974 and in 1983 founded General Building Maintenance. The company is a nationwide building maintenance services provider with branch operations in 18 major U.S. cities.

“Sunny Park is a great American success story who followed the path to achievement and wishes to help others benefit,” Gordon Sherman said. “He is an outstanding American patriot who gives back to help others achieve.”

Park served as a presidential elector of Georgia in 2004 and 2008 and served on the White House Commission on Asian Americans. He is a USO Patriot Award recipient and was named one of the most influential Atlantans by JAMES Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The President of Korea has presented Park with the National Peoples Merit Medal. He is a laureate of the Atlanta Business Hall of Fame and he has received the VanLandingham Commitment to Education Award from the Georgia Council on Economic Education.

Park mentors high school dropouts at the National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program and the Youth Foundation presented him the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He attended Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis, the Kellogg School of Management and the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminars.

In 1996, Park founded the Good Neighboring Foundation to encourage fellow immigrants to become active in community affairs.

“Mr. Park is the epitome of the ‘American dream’ whose tremendous corporate success reflected a combination of hard work and creative entrepreneurship. His career and deep community involvement should serve as an inspiration and role model for our students,” said Caleb Clark, Alumni Professor and director of the Master of Public Administration program.

For more information about the event, contact Denise Smith by email at smitdlo@auburn.edu.

(Written by Vicky Santos.)

Contact: Victoria Santos, College of Liberal Arts, (334) 844-7186 (santovr@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)