(PRESS RELEASE) NJ Business Immigration Coalition to Honor Immigrant Entrepreneurs from Kosovo, Taiwan, Jordan, Philippines, and Germany Who Are Making a Difference in New Jersey

Edison, NJ (June 19, 2024) – The NJ Business Immigration Coalition will honor the
winners of the 11th Annual 2024 New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards at the
statewide Multicultural Business Expo on June 25 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Pines
Manor in Edison, NJ. The winners hail from Kosovo, Taiwan, Jordan, Philippines, and

The winner of the Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award is Jordan Hu, Founder
and CEO of RiskVal Financial Solutions, LLC in Princeton, NJ.
Jordan Hu came from Taiwan to the United States holding a degree in Applied
Mathematics from National Tsing Hua University and then graduated with a master’s
from NJIT. After a decade long Wall Street career, in 2001 Hu founded Risk Val which is
now a multimillion-dollar company. Today, Risk Val’s 60 employees produce products
that are used by trading desks at Tier One banks throughout North America.

Another NJIT graduate, Dieter Weissenrieder, founder, and CEO of the Weiss-Aug
Group based in East Hanover, an internationally recognized leader in precision metal
stamping, injection molding, value-added assembly solutions and tooling has won the
Immigrant Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished
businessman, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Weissenrieder grew the original four-
person precision contract metal stamping company he founded with a partner in 1972
into a multimillion-dollar enterprise with six locations and 700 employees.

The Albert Einstein Award for Innovation will be presented to Jordan native,
Dr. Shihab Kuran, based in Watchung. Dr. Kuran is an investor, serial entrepreneur
and a seasoned executive in the global semiconductor, power and cleantech sectors.
He founded and ran several private companies and served as an executive/board
member at eight public companies including SunEdison and NRG. He founded and ran
Petra Solar which put up to 200,000 solar panels on utility poles in New Jersey.
Currently, he serves as President and CEO of Power Edison and Executive Chairman of
EV Edison. Power Edison built the world’s largest mobile battery storage system here in
NJ and EV Edison is building the US largest EV charging super hub located in Kearny,
NJ. Dr. Kuran was named by NJBIZ as one of “The 100 most powerful people in New
Jersey business”.

The Caspar Wistar Award for Growth winner is Leo Alquiros, owner, and head chef
at Tropical Hut Philippine Cuisine. Leo went from a young street vendor in the
Philippines to a corporate research technician in the US food industry. He honed his
skills taking food and catering courses gaining valuable industry knowledge.
In 1999, Leo opened his first restaurant in Old Bridge. Today, celebrating 25 years in
business, Tropical Hut Philippine Cuisine is a network of Filipino restaurants and
grocery stores with six locations throughout New Jersey and New York offering a wide
variety of imported food items from the Philippines.

The David Sarnoff Award for Advocacy and Community Engagement will be
awarded to Burim Nimon Regjaj, who came to the U.S. from Kosovo at age 19. Burim
graduated from Hunter College with Honors and went to work in finance. He became
successful in property management. In 2018 he bought Outta Hand Pizza and now
splits his time between the restaurant and real estate property management. Burim
helps minority students in Kosovo, but does most of his philanthropic work in the
U.S. He chairs the Homeless Veterans Fund with six regional Rotary Clubs. He raises
funds for rebuilding the Westfield American Legion Post and for the Y’s Men Club.
Burim is a board member of the Downtown Westfield Corporation, the Greater Westfield
Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Westfield, NJ. In addition, he
serves as Secretary to a newly established 501C3 Albanian American Relations Council
in DC and NYC.

“We are excited to present the 2024 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards to an outstanding
group of immigrants who have made amazing contributions to New Jersey,” said
Katherine Kish, NJBIC Awards Chair and one of the Founders of the NJ Business
Immigration Coalition, sponsor of the awards.

The New Jersey Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards honor immigrant business leaders
helping New Jersey communities thrive. The awards, named after historic
entrepreneurs, were created to highlight the social and economic contributions of New
Jersey’s immigrants to communities throughout the state and celebrate the important
role of immigrants to today’s economy. The awards are sponsored by the NJ Business
Immigration Coalition, a broad-based coalition of New Jersey chambers, associations
and organizations.

The Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards ceremony will be on June 25, 2024, at 4:00 PM
at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ as a part of a statewide Multicultural Business Expo
presented by the Middlesex Chamber, a member of the NJ Business Immigration
Coalition. The event is open to the public.