A few weeks back I had the pleasure of hearing a gentlemen (Mr. Binh Mach) talk at an event. I did my homework prior to attending and found out that Mr. Mach is the president of RB Enterprises – one of Boeing’s top suppliers. As a matter of fact – 3 consecutive years standing and he is confident he will win this year’s award as well! I encourage you to read more about him from The Herald Business Journal and check out this video (receiving the prestigious award). Mr. Mach is truly a corporate turn-around artist, boot-strapping the company along to where it is today, employing many along the way and ultimately living the American dream through hard/smart work, and blood, sweat and tears. As expected he delivered a great presentation that night!
What truly inspired me even more than the success of his company, is his passion and purpose for the issues of human rights in Vietnam! More than half his presentation was about bringing awareness to the rights of speech, press, religion and freedom of movement among other simple basic rights. As I get older I can truly understand and appreciate all the rights that we enjoy here in America, and like Mr. Mach, I would truly like to see the same level of freedoms back in Vietnam, my motherland.
At the same event, I followed behind Mr. Mach with my own observations on human rights (my first time speaking in public about this so I need more practice on this subject). Needless to say, Mr. Mach understands the struggles more so than I do back there! My tieng Viet (Vietnamese) is not strong, but I try my best to read where I can. Most of the time I see videos of protest and the police taking people away. I might not fully understand the language well, but a video is worth a million words and I can draw my own simply conclusions. You don't need to be super intelligent to know that something is wrong there! I know we can help and influence CHANGE from here!
So after the event, I didn’t get a chance to say hi to Mr. Mach and his wife; but needless to say, he left an impression me. I know he has a beautiful family with kids all doing well in school and moving towards their aspirations. So I reached out to him and we connected first at his company for a tour and then off to lunch. Nothing better than a private tour by the owner of the company. I was just in awe and impressed with what he re-built and created in his own way. Outstanding I say!… from a poor refugee, to a top supplier of one of the largest and most successful company in the world – Boeing. The same company that supported my family for many years here in the Seattle area as well.
Think about where you came from and how you got here today – just strive to make today better than it was yesterday. If you succeeded, pat yourself on the back and tell yourself what an amazing accomplishment you did! Not many of us can be like Mr. Mach, but to me, what makes him even more special is that he wants to do his part to change the human rights of one nation… he is thinking beyond himself and his company! After you are done giving yourself high-fives, I encourage you to also think beyond yourself.
Miki is a renowned motivational speaker and author. He appeared in the 2015 Oscar nominated film "The Last Days in Vietnam" directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. He often speaks to others on the ways in which they can better their lives. His history is well documented in the documentary that shares the amazing story of his father Ba Van Nguyen and his bravery during the last few days in the Fall of Saigon. His message is one of enlightenment and courage. Miki has overcome many obstacles as he and his family worked hard to create a life in the United States while their homeland was being torn apart. Through his father’s example of courage and commitment to a better life for his family Miki is inspired to be the best he can be and be of service to others by sharing his and his family’s experiences in an effort to give hope to all refugees who take the enormous risks of leaving everything behind in hopes of a better life.
Miki is available for speaking engagements on a number of topics and also has a new book to be published soon that will offer instruction and inspiration through the recanting of his life and his experiences in this extraordinary world we all call home. For more information visit http://www.mikinguyen.com