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Awards and Recognitions


President's “E” Award for Exports

May 21, 2018

Applied Membranes Receives President's E-Award Applied Membranes, Inc. is proud to announce receiving the President’s “E” Award for Exports, presented by U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, at a ceremony in Washington, DC on May 21, 2018. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition that a U.S. entity can receive for export activities. 

United States Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, writes: “Applied Membranes has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Awards Committee was very impressed with Applied Membranes’ more than 500% growth in exports over the past four years, which supported a 20% increase in employment. The company’s development of a domestic project to use as a prototype for a project in the Middle East was also particularly notable. Applied Membranes’ achievements have undoubtedly contributed to national export expansion efforts that support the U.S. economy and create American jobs."

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Special Congressional Recognition

2016

In 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives presented Applied Membranes, Inc. with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.   Congress Member Scott Peters of the 52nd District, California writes:  “Congratulations on being named Small Business Exporter of the Year!  This accomplishment reflects your steadfast contributions to San Diego’s economy and your work to build a brighter future for small businesses.”


Senate Certificates of Recognition

2016

Applied Membranes Receives Senate Recognition Applied Membranes Receives Senate Recognition Gil Dhawan of Applied Membranes, Inc. was proud to receive two certificates of recognition from the California State Senate on May 5, 2016.  Senator Joel Anderson presented a certificate "In special recognition of your unyielding commitment to providing quality employment opportunities and promoting economic development in our community."  State Senator Patricia Bates of the 36th District presented a certificate "Commemorating your achievements with the Small Business Association and the North San Diego Small Business Development Center."


Certificate of Appreciation - State Board of Equalization

2016

State Board of Equalization Certificate of Appreciation Applied Membranes, Inc. was honored with the California State Board of Equalization Certificate of Appreciation.   Diane L. Harkey, State Board of Equalization, Fourth District, Chair, Business Taxes Committee, writes:  "On behalf of the California State Board of Equalization Fourth District, congratulations on receiving the U.S. Small Business Administration San Diego District Office and the North San Diego Small Business Development Center 2016 Small Business Award."


Exporter of the Year

2016

Applied Membranes is Small Business Exporter of the Year 2016 Applied Membranes, Inc. was named Small Business Exporter of the Year for 2016.  Gil Dhawan, president of Applied Membranes, Inc., was presented with the award by U.S. Small Business Administration San Diego District Office.  The SBA Exporter of the Year winners are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Increased sales, profits and/or growth of employment because of exporting. 
  • Creative overseas marketing strategies. 
  • Effective solutions to export-related problems, including trade financing, payment, and currency issues; market-entry and logistical challenges; cultural differences, etc.
  • Demonstrated encouragement of other small businesses to export. 
  • Volunteer assistance to other small businesses entering the export market.
  • Cooperation with other businesses in the creation of export trading companies and/or introduction of unique trading relationships, products or services.

Special Congressional Recognition

2001

Applied Membranes Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition Congressman Darell Issa, U.S. Representative for California's 49th congressional district, presented Gil Dhawan of Applied Membranes, named Small Business Exporter of the Year in 2001, with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.  The certificate is in recognition of Applied Membranes' outstanding and invaluable service to the community.


Governor's Commendation

2001

Applied Membranes Governor CommendationCalifornia Governor Gray Davis presented Gulshan Dhawan with a Commendation on May 24, 2001.  Governor Davis writes "It is a great pleasure to recognize you as the United States Small Business Administration honors your invaluable contributions to the Golden State.  I salute your hard work and commitment to excellence.  Your dedication to the San Diego community has made a positive and lasting impact.  On behalf of the people of the State of California, I extend best wishes for continued success."


Exporter of the Year

2001

Applied Membranes Exporter of the Year AwardFor the second year in a row, AMI was named the Exporter of the Year at the 24th annual World Trade Center Awards.  Applied Membranes is proud to have again received this prestigious award. Last year Applied Membranes exported its products to over 80 different countries all over the world.  Gil Dhawan, president of Applied Membranes, Inc., was presented with the award by U.S. Small Business Administration San Francisco Regional Office.   

The SBA Exporter of the Year winners are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Increased sales, profits and/or growth of employment because of exporting. 
  • Creative overseas marketing strategies. 
  • Effective solutions to export-related problems, including trade financing, payment, and currency issues; market-entry and logistical challenges; cultural differences, etc.
  • Demonstrated encouragement of other small businesses to export. 
  • Volunteer assistance to other small businesses entering the export market.
  • Cooperation with other businesses in the creation of export trading companies and/or introduction of unique trading relationships, products or services.

Exporter of the Year

2000

Applied Membranes Exporter of the Year Award Applied Membranes, Inc. was named the xporter of the Year at the 23rd annual World Trade Center Awards.  Applied Membranes is proud to have received this prestigious award and feels honored to be selected from a list of other very successful companies.  Last year Applied Membranes exported its products to over 80 different countries all over the world.  Applied Membranes president, Dr. Gil Dhawan, thanked all the hard working company staff and its representatives worldwide.

The SBA Exporter of the Year winners are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Increased sales, profits and/or growth of employment because of exporting. 
  • Creative overseas marketing strategies. 
  • Effective solutions to export-related problems, including trade financing, payment, and currency issues; market-entry and logistical challenges; cultural differences, etc.
  • Demonstrated encouragement of other small businesses to export. 
  • Volunteer assistance to other small businesses entering the export market.
  • Cooperation with other businesses in the creation of export trading companies and/or introduction of unique trading relationships, products or services.

San Diego Board of Supervisors Certificate of Appreciation

1983

San Diego County Certificate of Appreciation Applied MembranesDr. Dhawan of Applied Membranes, Inc. was proud to receive a Certificate of Appreciation from the Board of Supervisors, County of San Diego, California in gratitude for outstanding service to the County of San Diego as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee - Water Independence Project.   Board of Supervisors Chairman Paul W. Fordem writes:  "The sense of the board is that your efforts and findings were most significant, and that we should now move ahead to develop solutions."

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