Dr. Sonny Lee (we call him Sonny) was born in Korea and came to America in 1978. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of G.A.I.D.C. - Great American International Development Corporation. He is currently developing a 2.1 billion dollar commercial project in Korea to include: a major world class theme park, recreational amenities, 36-hole championship golf course, retail complex, 5 major resort hotels, and major film and television production studios.
At the age of 19, Sonny was the youngest member to be inducted into the Korean-Danish Society, an honorable, diplomatic organization, established to enhance relationships between Korean and Scandinavian members: Denmark, Sweden and Norway.
Sonny received his BBA/MBA from Pace University and earned a Ph.D. -in Marketing from Pacific Coast University. He is married with two children, and resides in New Jersey.
Sonny provided 26 round trip tickets in 2001 from Ulaan Baatar in Mongolia to New York for the participants of the Mongolian Festival in New York and Washington, DC.
Sonny has been awarded the Republican Senatorial Medal of Freedom, "the highest honor the Republican members of the U.S. Senate can bestow. " The Republican Senatorial Medal of Freedom has also been awarded to Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and General Norman Schwarzkopf.
Sonny Lee was awarded his second Medal of Freedom from National Republican Senatorial Committee on June 2003 and he was awarded the 2003 Businessman of the Year award from National Republican Congressional Committee.
He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Distinction, presented "in recognition of Outstanding Leadership and Vision" by the National Republican Congressional Committee.
He received the 2000 Businessman Of The Year Award, presented "in recognition as one of the top U.S. business leaders who has successfully integrated business and financial success with the support of Republican ideals."
In 1987, he became a recipient of the Paul Harris Award from the International Rotary Foundation, "in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between people of the world." In addition, Sonny has been an active member of the New York Rotary Club since 1990.