Under his leadership, the association prospered to more than 20,000 members in 100-plus countries, with an annual convention that typically draws 25,000 to 30,000 attendees. He earned the highest PMA honor in 1996, when he was named recipient of the prestigious PMA Hall of Fame Award.
During his years of service to the organization, he received numerous awards, including the Golden Needle and Obelisk Awards from photokina, the biennial trade fair in Cologne, Germany; Man of the Year by the Photographic Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA); membership in the Frontier Club for contributing internationalization of the Japanese photographic industry; life membership in the Buck Rogers Group; the Golden Tripod Award from the Photographic and Imaging Council of Australia; the American Jewish Committee Ehrenreich Human Relations Management Award; and the Guild of Photographic Dealers “Person of the Year” Award; and the Japan Photographic Enterprises Association Outstanding Leadership Award in 2001.
Since retirement, Pung was elected to the board of directors of Ritz Interactive Inc., Irvine, California, USA.
He is survived by his wife Charlene; three daughters, Julie Pfeffer, Tammy Pung, and Lisa Francisco; a son, Mark Pung; seven grandchildren; and three sisters: Rosie Thomas, Monica Bailey and Lee McNary.