My story begins half way around the world in a small town called Belgaum in southern India where I grew up. Growing up as one of six children in a low income family, I was taught about the importance of education and need for financial independence. I was enrolled in the local public school system and excelled due in large part to the wisdom installed in me by my mother Sulochana. I earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Karnatak University in 1973 and was ranked First in the Masters' program in Chemistry from the University of Bombay.
I came to the United States to continue studies. I earned a Ph. D. in Organometallic/Polymer Chemistry from the University of Akron in 1982. I did post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan from 1982-84. After the studies, I took a job as a researcher with the former Petrolite Corporation. Eventually I earned an MBA from Fontbonne University in 1987.
In 1990, I took the biggest risk of my life and purchased what was known as Chemir and Polytech Laboratories at the time. With god’s grace and hard work, I was able to grow the small company into a multimillion dollar business. Apart from flagship Chemir analysics, the Chemir group now includes Azopharma Contract Services, a pharmaceutical Product development company based in Miramar, Florida, IQsynthesis, a custom organic molecule making company based in St. Louis, Missouri and CAS-MI, a Paints and Coatings research and Analysis company based in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I have always insisted that my businesses are conducted within the requirements, spirit, and intent of the law.
I live in Miami, Florida with my sons, Neil and Samir, and wife, Shashi. Nowadays I find great challenge and satisfaction in buying and turning around smaller underperforming companies. I devote my time between cultivating new businesses, grooming young entrepreneurs and Thandedar Foundation which I set up together with my wife Shashi. It promotes Indian music, theatre and literature. The foundation also supports many charitable organizations that support the arts around St. Louis area. The foundation grants fellowships to writers and journalists who study socioeconomic and cultural issues. The foundation aims to foster interest in research about the problems and opportunities created by globalization and economic liberalization.