Message from our Chairman


Dear Friends,

The nomination process for the 2017 Ellis Island Medals of Honor has now closed and I must say that I am very impressed by the level of excellence that each and every one of our nominees have achieved. I’m grateful for the assistance of my incredible Board of Directors and our many Ethnic and Professional Advisory Committees who I count on to assist in the vetting of these highly qualitied candidates.

While the nomination process is closed, the excitement is just beginning at NECO. We are now working hard on producing the best and most spectacular event for May 13th, 2017. Our 2016 event was special as it commemorated 30 incredible years as one of America’s most prestigious awards. 2017 will kick off our next 30 years and I promise you, the best is yet to come.

If you have been nominated, you should receive a letter this week asking you to fill out a few informational forms and requesting a photo for our use, should you be selected, in our Medalist Photo Brochure. Both the Nominee Information Form and the photo are important to the nomination process, so please return them as soon as possible. If you are having any trouble getting these back to us, please contact Adri at the NECO office.

I wish all our nominees well and I hope to see you all on May 13th on Ellis Island.



Nasser J. Kazeminy