Local businessman, engineer and entrepreneur Paul Hsu was selected to serve as co-chair on President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) according to a press release from the White House sent out Thursday.

“I am absolutely honored,” Hsu said, of the opportunity. “This is pretty exciting for me. This will be the second time I’ve served the president.”

Hsu explained that in 2007, he served as a full-time associate administrator in government contracting under then president George W. Bush.

Hsu is known locally as the founder of the Crestview Technology Air Park, and founder of Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI) which serves the U.S. Department of Defense with electronics fitted for aviation, as well as battlefield electronics.

When appointed, Hsu’s role will be to advise the federal government in ways to improve the health, education and economic status of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Hsu, now a Shalimar resident, was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States in 1976.