Organization of Chinese Americans Honors Allstate Employee Ben Lumicao with Community Service and Corporate Achievement Awards

NORTHBROOK, IL, Oct. 18, 2002- The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) honored Allstate employee Ben Lumicao today for outstanding contributions to his company and local community at the OCA National Asian American Corporate Achievement Awards held in Hollywood, Florida.

“OCA is proud to host this prestigious annual event to highlight Asian Pacific Americans who are breaking the glass ceilings in Corporate America, yet continue to maintain grassroots ties to their community,” said OCA National President George M. Ong.

“It is a pleasure to work at a company and in a law department where our General Counsel and the officers I report to show leadership and commitment to a diverse workplace not just with words but with their actions recognizing that diversity in the workplace can create real advantages in the marketplace, ” said Ben Lumicao, associate counsel, law & regulation, Allstate Insurance Company. “I accept these awards on behalf of the members of the Asian Pacific American community in Chicago that I have the pleasure of working with and serving.”

Lumicao, a Chicago resident, advises Allstate clients and its affiliates on regulatory, legislative and compliance concerns affecting property and casualty insurance operations. Appointed by the Mayor to chair the Chicago Commission on Human Relations Advisory Council on Asian Affairs, he also serves on the Board of Commissioners of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations. Lumicao is Co-Chair of the Filipino Civil Rights Advocates (FilCRA) Chicago chapter, engaging in activities to gain support of legislation to bring equity to Filipino veterans of World War II and recently testified before an Illinois legislative committee on behalf of the Asian American Redistricting Coalition about the effects of redistricting on the Asian community. He serves on the board of the Filipino American Network (FAN) and at the Leadership Center for Asian Pacific Americans as an organizer for the Chicago Asian Pacific American Community Leadership Program. Lumicao also served as Community Services Chairman of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area.

Established in 1973, OCA is a national civil rights advocacy and educational organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well being of Americans of Chinese and Asian/Pacific Islander descent. Headquartered in Washington, DC, OCA is engaged in networking with its 49 chapters and 38 organizational and college affiliates across the nation to develop leadership and community involvement.

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