If you think the American Dream belongs to past generations, Andy
Nguyen's story will convince you otherwise. It’s a dream he believes
is still attainable by everyone.
Andy was born in 1966 in Vietnam, a country ravaged by war for decades. After the fall of Saigon, he witnessed, firsthand, the evils of communism as the country deteriorated into one large prison camp. Those who sought freedom and democracy were forced into hard labor where hundreds of thousands died. The communists nationalized industries, the press and even churches, while abolishing all private property rights. Those who could escape did, by any means possible. For many, like Andy's family, it was by boat, and it was a treacherous escape. At sea, they suffered from the elements and the dangers of pirates. The Nguyen family survived the voyage and arrived in the United States in 1981 to a new opportunities and new challenges. There was a new language and a new culture to learn, but Andy thrived with the gift of American freedom.
After finishing high school, he worked his way through college washing dishes. He also joined the Army National Guard, completed training in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer in the United States Army. Andy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business Management, completed Army officer training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and moved to Texas in 1992.
Andy's first private sector job after college was as a manager in a Fort Worth, Texas-based telecommunications company. Always looking for the next challenge, he started his telecom and information technology company, AIT Technologies, just six years later. Andy's strong entrepreneurial and technology backgrounds have been tremendous assets in identifying new job opportunities for Tarrant County residents.
Andy's story of success and service, made possible by the American Dream, didn't end there. In 2010, he was elected to the Tarrant County Commissioners Court, becoming the first Asian American elected to serve as a Commissioner of Tarrant County. Andy currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the Tarrant County Housing Finance Corporation and is a member of both the Public Employees Benefits Cooperative Board and the Tarrant County Industrial Board. Furthermore, as chair of Tarrant County's eGovernment Committee and co-chair of its IT Steering Committee, Andy is leading the digital strategy to assist in managing the county's resources more efficiently and serve its constituents more effectively.
In addition, Andy serves on the Arlington-Mansfield Salvation Army
Advisory Board, the Salvation Army Finance Committee, the Board of
Directors of Catholic Charities of Fort Worth, and on the Catholic
Charities of Fort Worth Mission Effectiveness Committee.
He is also the founder and Board member of the Southeast Tarrant
Transportation Partnership, a non-profit organization with the primary
focus on improving mobility and economic opportunities in southeast
Tarrant County and an active member of the Arlington Rotary Club. He
is also involved with Arlington, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Kennedale
and Mansfield Chambers of Commerce.
His past service includes being on the Board of Directors for United Way Tarrant County and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG). Andy served on the Board of Directors of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, where he still serves as an Ex-Officio Board Member. From 2002 to 2009, he also served as Chairman and President of the Vietnamese-American Community of Tarrant County and received the Community and Leadership Award from the Tarrant County Asian American Chamber of Commerce.
Andy knows firsthand that there are no barriers for any American with good principles and a strong work ethic. He remembers his roots and has also found ways to assist his fellow immigrants to succeed in America. One of the ways he accomplishes this is through his weekly talk show every Friday on Saigon Radio - 1600 AM.
Andy lives in Arlington with his wife, Julie Vu, and their three children.
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