Aug 19, Colombo: Susantha Shan Sisilchandra, a young entrepreneur born in Sri Lanka, received the ‘International Businessman of The Year Award’ from the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce in Dallas, Texas.
Dallas Mayor, Mike Rawlings, presented Shan with the award at a ceremony held at the Western Galleria Hotel in Dallas, Texas, USA on July 28, 2011.
He is the first native Sri Lankan to receive the International Business Award in Texas as well as in the USA. It was also the first time a young Sri Lankan business Entrepreneur was recognized by an American Business Chamber in the USA.
Shan was judged along with other young Asian Americans from Texas on outstanding leadership and international accomplishments.
In 2007, he was also presented “The Exceptional Performance by a Young Professional” award at the 5th Annual Sri Lanka Foundation Awards Ceremony held in Los Angeles, California.
After migrating to USA to work as Project Manager in 2001, he was looking for an opportunity to start his own business to promote a unique Sri Lanka product. In 2004, Shan had the idea to form his own company and introduce a new organic based growing medium product to the greenhouse industry, and created what is now known as RIOCOCO.
He is the President and Co-Founder of Ceyhinz Link International, Inc. headquartered in Irving, Texas, a company based on ethical and ecological standards.
Shan, an old student of Nalanda College, was the Head Prefect of the school in 1994.