White House Invites Sushi Master To Sit With First Lady For President Obama’s Jobs Speech

White House Invites Sushi Master To Sit With First Lady For President Obama’s Jobs Speech

Obama Foodorama: White House Invites Sushi Master To Sit With First Lady For President Obama’s Jobs Speech

The Guest List for First Lady’s box: 23 invitees include founder of Hissho Sushi; AmEx & GE CEOs; elected officials, small business owners, members of the military…

First Lady Michelle Obama has invited 23 special guests to join her in her box this evening for President Obama’s address to a Joint Session of Congress, where he will unveil his multi-billion dollar “The American Jobs Act.” Mrs. Obama’s guest list includes General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt; American Express CEO & Chair Kenneth Chenault; Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and currently CEO of Revolution; Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley; Los Angles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, as well as small business owners, members of the military, and some good ol’ American citizens. Mrs. Obama, a known sushi lover, has invited a master of the craft to join her for the 7:00 PM speech: Philip Maung, an emigrant to America who founded Hissho Sushi, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina (Maung, above).

Maung, whose company is very familiar to sushi fanatics, emigrated to the US from Burma after he was forced out of medical school after less than a year by a Burmese law that prevented ethnic Chinese from enrolling, according to his bio. He arrived in the US with $13 dollars in his pocket, according to the White House, and founded Hissho Sushi in 1998 in his dining room, joined by his wife, Kristina. They now have 200 employees, and train sushi chefs, distribute sushi ingredients across the US, and operate more than 400 sushi bars around the country. The company headquarter are in a 46,00 square-foot state-of-the-art facility in southwest Charlotte, which not uncoincidentally is the city that will host the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

“The company has grown consistently in the past decade, including a 62 percent increase in revenues last year,” the White House notes. “Today, Hissho Sushi is a dynamic foodservice and distribution company.”


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One of those core values relates to servitude and giving back. Over the Thanksgiving holiday last year, Hissho Sushi employees in Charlotte volunteered at the Charlotte Rescue Mission. During 2011, Maung would like to open the kitchen for people in need during the holidays. “We try to be good citizens and give back. As Hisshonians, we love to encourage others. We want people to come to us when they’re down,” says Maung.
As for other plans, Philip Maung is in the process of establishing 30 more locations in the U.S, and has a goal of hitting 1,000 restaurants nationwide. “There could also be a possibility of going international. Timing is everything,” Maung says.

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Founder and CEO, Philip Maung, attends Presidential address as a guest of White House

Philip Maung, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hissho Sushi, was recently recognized by the White House for his visionary leadership in tough economic times and had the honor attending the President’s address to a joint session Congress as a guest of First Lady, Michelle Obama, on September 8th, 2011.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for our accomplishments.” Maung said “The fact that we have been able to succeed and grow in a difficult economic environment is a testament to our corporate culture and the dedication of our employees and chefs. In addition, we would not exist today were it not for our retail markets and their loyal partnership and, of course, the many thousands of people who enjoy eating Hissho Sushi every day.”

Philip Maung

Philip Maung is a small business owner and founder of Hissho Sushi, a 200-employee company headquartered in southwest Charlotte that trains sushi chefs and distributes ingredients for the food across the country. The company was founded 13 years ago. The company has grown consistently in the past decade, including a 62 percent increase in revenues last year. Philip Maung arrived in America with just $13 in his pocket and a dream of making a new life. He pursued the emerging supermarket sushi industry and spent years learning every facet of the sushi business. In 1998, Philip and his wife Kristina pooled their finances to form Hissho Sushi and founded the company in the family dining room. The company began providing fresh sushi daily to supermarkets and cafes. Today, Hissho Sushi is a dynamic foodservice and distribution company managing and operating more than 400 sushi bars across the U.S. Their 46,000 square foot, state-of-the-art headquarters are located in Charlotte, NC.

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