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CEO Tommy Hodinh Honored as a Participant in the Vietnam War Summit
MagRabbit CEO Tommy Hodinh honored as a Participant in the Vietnam War Summit “Power of a Picture” Discussion with Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographers David Hume Kennerly and Nick Ut
Tommy Hodinh was born and raised near DaNang Vietnam and remembers the day he witnessed U.S. Marines landing on DaNang Beach. The 14-year-old Vietnamese teenager felt a strong sense of safety and hope for the future as the kindness and generosity demonstrated by the Marines gave him his first taste of freedom and democracy.
Today, Hodinh is the Chairman of MagRabbit Inc. a global software company he founded 25 years ago with offices in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Hue, and his hometown of DaNang City.
Only four years after the landing of those soldiers, Hodinh moved to the United States at the age of 18 to attend the University of Texas at El Paso and says “I am personally so very grateful to the soldiers who risked their lives in the Vietnam War and also to the United States of America, which has afforded me with the opportunity to make the most of my life here in this country.”
Hodinh was honored to be asked by the LBJ Presidential Library and the University of Texas at Austin to participate in the Vietnam War Summit that was held April 26-28, 2016. Dignitaries such as Secretary of State John Kerry, and Henry Kissinger, former United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor and more shared their experiences during the Vietnam War.
Hodinh opened the panel discussion “Power of a Picture” and introduced Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnam war photographers David Hume Kennerly and Nick Ut who discussed how their iconic photographs of the war changed American feelings and were instrumental in bringing the war to an end. David Hume Kennerly is one of the youngest winners of the Pulitzer Prize, which he won for his photographs of the Vietnam War. Nick Ut started covering the Vietnam War when he was 16 years old. He won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his iconic photograph of Vietnamese children fleeing a Napalm bombing.