Last week, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes was honored at the annual International Leadership Foundation Business Conference and Awards Gala with an international Public Servant Award for his outstanding professional achievements domestically and globally, including training leaders from other nations and partnering with them to fight global crises like human trafficking, hunger, cybercrime and corruption.
At home in the United States and Utah, he has led out on some of the biggest cases and most consequential issues, including the opioid epidemic and dismantling white collar crime. In a short time, Reyes has restored public trust, transparency, and workplace excellence to an office that was previously mired in scandal and allegations of corruption.
The son of an immigrant Filipino/Spanish father and Japanese/Hawaiian mother, Reyes was also recognized by the ILF for his decades-long career contributions to the improvement of the Asian Pacific American (APA) and other minority communities. Among his achievements on behalf of the APA Community, Reyes was a co-founder of the Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce and the first APA elected to statewide office in state history.
Approximately 500 guests attended the Washington, D.C. awards gala at the Capital Hilton, including U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, distinguished APA business and community leaders, entrepreneurs, international business delegates, ILF Fellows and international students.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to accept the Public Servant Award from such a distinguished group of APA leaders,” said Reyes. “My team has worked tirelessly to protect the citizens of Utah and the U.S., while we help empower our friends globally to benefit the world. In Utah, we have also worked hard to improve the quality of legal work, ethics, transparency and morale in our office. This award provides additional affirmation for all of the efforts and progress we have made in just four years.”