Christopher Che Honored as an ‘Outstanding American’ by U.S. Immigration

Christopher Che, President and CEO of the Che International Group, was one of four awarded the 2012 Outstanding American by Choice Award from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas on Feb. 22, 2012. Every year, USCIS recognizes naturalized citizens who have made significant contributions to both their community and their country. The White House recommended Che for this award.

“I am humbled to be a recipient of this prestigious award,” said Che. “I know that if you work hard in America and live with integrity and a commitment to your country, you will succeed.”

According to USCIS, the Outstanding American by Choice award recognizes the outstanding achievements of naturalized U.S. citizens. Recipients of this award have proven and demonstrated commitment to America through civic participation, professional achievement and responsible citizenship.

“I believe very strongly in giving back to the community through direct involvement,” said Che. “In addition to serving on President Obama’s Jobs and Competitiveness Council, I’m a board member of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and other local business groups. I consider my roles in these groups both a privilege and an obligation.”

Che was born in Cameroon, a country located in west Central Africa. He arrived in America in 1980 and was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1995. Che received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Wilmington College and received a Master of Accountancy from Miami University.

After more than 20 years of working in high-level financial and executive management positions, Che established the Che International Group in 2005. The Che International Group, headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, is a multinational holding company that specializes in acquiring, supporting and aggressively growing subsidiary companies. Its subsidiary companies are designed to span across diverse industries in order to serve a common customer base by offering total solutions. The company is a 100-percent minority business enterprise and is certified by the South Central Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council.

The Che International Group is parent company to Dayton, OH-based Hooven-Dayton Corporation and Akron, OH-based Digital Color International.  Hooven-Dayton Corporation is a 76-year-old provider of prime product labels, flexible packaging, promotional coupons and specialty printing solutions. Digital Color International is a 20-year-old provider of specialty folding cartons, specialty packaging, retail displays and commercial print and finishing.

Che serves as President and CEO at both companies. His responsibilities include setting business strategy and vision, building cohesive executive teams, properly allocating capital resources and creating a positive culture of sustainable growth.

Che International Group, LLC (CIG)–a multinational, 100% minority owned, holding company specialized in acquiring and growing quality oriented, innovative and scalable subsidiary companies in a variety of industries and serving a common customer base with “Total Solutions.” Visit CIG on the Web

Headquartered in Dayton Ohio, Hooven-Dayton Corporation (HDC) is a 77-year-old innovative supplier of high quality, flexographic and digital labels, coupons, short run flexible packaging and specialty printing. Specialty offerings include: lottery bet slips and receipt rolls; coinless casino slot machine tickets; high end special effects; variable data; numbering; and barcodes (including 2D, QR Codes and MS Tags, variable or static). Their products offer superior value, performance, and durability. Visit HDC on the web at

Digital Color International (DCI) is a 20-year-old provider of fully integrated, innovative printing and marketing solutions. DCI is headquartered in a 40,000 square-foot facility near downtown Akron, Ohio, and specializes in producing high-quality retail displays, packaging and folding cartons and offset print and finishing. DCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Che International Group, LLC, and is under the direction of President and CEO Christopher Che. DCI is a 100-percent minority owned business certified by the Northern Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council. Visit DCI on the Web