Ernst & Young recently revealed “Entrepreneur of the Year” regional finalists throughout the country and dozens of Indian Americans and South Asians appear on the list, most notably in New Jersey, where seven Indian American company heads were nominated.
Among the New Jersey Indian American regional finalists are Giri Devanur, Jaswinder Chadha, Navdeep Chadha, Shekhar Yerramilli, Krishnan Padmanabhan and Manoj Agarwal.
Devanur is the president and chief executive officer of Princeton, N.J.-based Ameri100, an enterprise technology management company, as well as a mentor in the executive master’s program at Columbia University. Previously, the Indian American served as CEO at GC Advanced R&D park in Bangalore and TCG-Ivega Corporation in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Chadhas co-founded Berkeley Heights, N.J.-based Axtria, a marketing and sales analytics solution company. Jaswinder Chadha serves as the company president and CEO while Navdeep Chadha is the vice president and chief technology officer.
Yerramilli and Padmanabhan co-founded Bridgewater, N.J.-based revenue analytics company daVIZta. Yerramilli serves as the company’s chairman and chief executive while Padmanabhan is the president and chief operating officer.
Makhija is the co-founder and chief executive at Global eProcure, a Clark, N.J.-based business management consulting company. The Indian American was a senior manager at Accenture from 1996 to 2000 up until he founded GEP. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Agarwal is the president and CEO at Jersey City, N.J.-based global consulting firm US Tech Solutions Inc. Prior to his time with US Tech Solutions, Agarwal served as a consultant at various companies, including Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, New York Institute of Finance, Lucent Technologies and Phillips Medical Systems.
Outside of New Jersey, numerous Indian Americans and South Asians were nominated as finalists. California – in the Northern California, Greater Los Angeles and San Diego regions – touted five finalists (See I-W May 19, 2016, http://bit.ly/1TJTaay).
In the Southeast region, Indian American and South Asians nominated include Georgia-based Simeio Solutions CEO Hemen Vimadalal and Georgia-based VDart Inc. president and CEO Syed Ahmed.
In the Southwest region, finalists include Access Healthcare chairman Anurag Jain, of the Dallas, Texas, area; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas-based Bioworld Merchandising Inc. president Raj Malik; Sulman Ahmed, founder and CEO of Dallas-based DECA Dental Group; Yasser Khan, founder and CEO of Dallas-based Plasma Business Intelligence Inc.; and Dallas-based WorldLink chairman and CEO Adil Adi.
Finalists in Florida are Aditya Patel, founder of Orlando-based InstaNatural, in the emerging category; and Tampa-based Benzer Pharmacy chief executive Manish Patel, in the retail and consumer products category.
The Midwest finalists include Chicago, Ill.-based ContextMedia co-founders Rishi Shah and Shradha Agarwal; Chicago-based General Growth Properties CEO Sandeep Mathrani; Schaumburg, Ill.-based Quadrant 4 System Corporation CEO Nandu Thondavadi and executive chairman Dhru Desai; and Chicago-based Saggezza Inc. co-founders Arvind Kapur and Socka Suppiah.
In the Ohio Valley region, finalists include R. Mukund, CEO of Cincinnati, Ohio-based Gensuite LLC; Powell, Ohio-based geoAMPS LLC president and CEO Yogesh Khandelwal; Louisville, Ky.-based Interapt CEO Ankur Gopal; Elkhart, Ind.-based Kem Krest president Amish Shah; and Louisville, Ky.-based V-Soft Consulting Group Inc. president Purna Veer.
Minneapolis, Minn.-based Field Nation CEO Mynul Khan is among the Upper Midwest regional finalists.
In the Central Midwest region, Park, Kan.-based DEG Overland co-founder and CEO Neal Sharma is among the finalists.
Among the Maryland finalists is Medisolv Inc. president and CEO Zahid Butt.
The Greater Philadelphia finalists include Jay Sidhu, chairman and CEO of Customers Bancorp Inc.; Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, president and chairman of Customized Energy Solutions; and IPS-Intergrated Project Services LLC CEO Dave Goswami. Winners are set to be announced June 9.
In New York, Biz2Credit co-founder and CEO Rohit Arora is among the finalists.
The New England finalists include Shabbir Dahod, president and CEO of North Reading, Mass.-based TraceLink Inc.
In the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region, Shri Thanedar, CEO and chief scientist at Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Avomeen Analytical Services; and Ravi Vallem, Northville, Mich.-based Reliable Software Resources Inc. CEO, were among the finalists.
Mid-Atlantic regional finalists are Reston, Va.-based Altuista Health CEO Ashish Kachru; Reston, Va.-based Amyx Inc. president and CEO Satya Akula; NIKA Architects and Engineers CEO Kabir Chaudhary; Leesburg, Va.-based PhishMe co-founder and CEO Rohyt Belani; and Fairfax, Va.-based Sevatec CEO Sonny Kakar.
Each region will announce the winners at separate gala events throughout June. The winners will all convene to Palm Springs, Calif., in the fall with the national EY Entrepreneur of the Year winner being announced Nov. 19. That winner will then be considered for the World Entrepreneur of the Year in June 2017.