Mr. Sugiyama is a member of DHR’s Consumer, Media & Entertainment, Diversity, Healthcare, Financial Services, Sports, Education and Real Estate practices.
Before joining DHR International, Mr. Sugiyama was vice president and account director for Leo Burnett USA, and a former director of North American business development at iLeo (now “Arc Worldwide”), Leo Burnett’s Marketing Services group.
Mr. Sugiyama began his career as director of marketing, advertising and sales for a regional restaurant company. He made the successful transition from marketing to finance & operations when he ran a nine unit / 700-employee chain as president and CEO. Since then, Mr. Sugiyama has served as EVP of a 5,000-employee service company and President of a real estate development company.
At age 27, Mr. Sugiyama became one of the youngest directors of a major U.S. pro sports team when he was named to the board of directors of the former world champion Chicago Bulls.
Among his many affiliations, Mr. Sugiyama is a member of the National Advisory Board of Positive Coaching Alliance and the Board of Directors of the Japanese American Service Committee.
In addition, he has served of the advisory council of the University of Illinois – College of Commerce and Business Administration and was named one of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” in the nation.
He is a graduate of Michigan State University.