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IACCGH Young Minds Panel

IACCGH Young Minds Panel

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: Two investors and one engineering professional offered some serious career advice to a roomful of students and young professionals at the NexGen by IACCGH Young Minds Panel. The event, held on April 18 at the University of Houston’s Cullen building, was organized and moderated by IACCGH’s Board member and Chair of […]

IACCGH Invites Houston’s Top Cop Art Acevedo

IACCGH Invites Houston’s  Top Cop Art Acevedo

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: On April 11, Houston’s top cop Art Acevedo delivered a strong message about “relational policing” and his efforts to build a rapport of trust with the community. As Keynote Speaker at the IACCGH Distinguished Lecture Series, Chief Acevedo’s impassioned address about his aim to serve and make Houston safe for everyone […]

Inaugural Houston India Conference Focuses on ‘Make in India’ Inside Story

Inaugural Houston India Conference Focuses on ‘Make in India’ Inside Story

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: Every public policy has an inside story. The inaugural Houston India Conference (HIC) at the Asia Society Texas Center on Friday, March 24, provided an economic and political backdrop behind India’s ‘Make in India’ campaign. The policy insights were provided by leading Indian journalists, Indian and US government officials, and academic […]

IACCGH Honors Asif Dakri’s Appointment to FDIC’s Advisory Committee

IACCGH Honors Asif Dakri’s Appointment to FDIC’s Advisory Committee

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: On February 27, IACCGH Executive Director Jagdip Ahluwalia welcomed “the roomful of friends and supporters” who had gathered to honor Wallis State Bank’s Vice Chairman and CEO Asif Dakri’s appointment to the prestigious FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporations) Advisory Committee on Community Banking. Consul General Dr. Anupam Ray, Chancellor and Chief […]

IACCGH Hosts Free Tax Seminar

IACCGH Hosts Free Tax Seminar

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: IACCGH’s Outreach Program – a tax seminar designed to educate the community on various tax issues attracted over 130 members of the Indo American community on Sunday, February 19, at India House. Held for the sixth year in a row, IACCGH Executive Director Jagdip Ahluwalia described the event as part of […]

IACCGH Welcomes Former CG and Former Ambassador Rinzing Wangdi

IACCGH Welcomes Former CG and Former Ambassador Rinzing Wangdi

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: When India’s Consul General Rinzing Wangdi came to Houston eighteen years ago, one of his objectives was to bring about a deeper, long lasting and transformative change in the economic engagement between the US and India. This vision led to the creation of the Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater […]

An Evening of Appreciation, Fun & Laughter

An Evening of Appreciation, Fun & Laughter

HOUSTON: In this era of media being cast in a negative light, an event of appreciation is always welcome. The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) held its annual dinner in appreciation of its media partners last Thursday, February 2, at Mayuri restaurant. The media partners who attended included the print media, radio […]

Top Healthcare Executives Share Some Life Lessons at IACCGH Meet

Top Healthcare Executives Share Some Life Lessons at IACCGH Meet

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: A woman powered leadership panel dispensed some compelling work/life advice at the IACCGH Business of Medicine Women’s Executive Leadership Panel on January 17, at the Hess Club. Sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health, the event saw an unprecedented turnout of over 150 members and guests with representatives from CHI St Luke’s […]

Role Model for Entrepreneurs: Swapnil Agarwal

Role Model for Entrepreneurs:  Swapnil Agarwal

HOUSTON: IACCGH member Swapnil Agarwal’s first brush with living in an apartment was when the 15 year old moved with his parents to a rundown Class C apartment complex in 1996. The teenager from India lived in what he describes as “a rough area” and an apartment that was broken into thrice. The experience seems […]

Chamber President 2016: Joya Shukla

Chamber President 2016:  Joya Shukla

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: Joya Shukla went from volunteering at an IACCGH event to being nominated to the Board of Directors to Chamber President all in the span of a few years.  In 2016, Joya put her heart into ‘chambering’ as her daughter calls it advancing the healthcare initiative, International Internship program, and events for young […]

A Dream and Tons of Determination

A Dream and Tons of Determination

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: In 2003, IACCGH member Khalid (Ken) Parekh waded into the tech world with $100, a dream and tons of determination. That determination won him the Houston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 Award not once but twice – a rare honor. Khalid’s success story as an immigrant is inspiring. At 18, he […]

Women Mean Business

Women Mean Business

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: Wood Group CEO Michele McNichol was once told she could never lead a project because she was a woman. Ingrid Robinson was singled out of 200 applicants for the position long held by Houston’s father of Diversity – former HMSDC President Richard Huebner. These remarkable women not only beat the odds […]

Karat 22 Raffle Nets Indian Training for Grads

Karat 22 Raffle Nets Indian Training for Grads

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: “The raffle sale was on all year long, from January,” explained Aku Patel, the founder and owner of Karat 22 Jewelers on Hillcroft, adding “They always sold tickets at every Chamber event.”  Of course, Patel was referring to the Indo American Chamber of Commerce of which he is a Board Director. […]

Supplier Diversity Lunch and Learn

Supplier Diversity Lunch and Learn

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: Certification brings visibility to a business and promotes growth. This was the message shared by 8 panelists at the Annual IACCGH Supplier Diversity event held at the Hess Club on August 23. The event which drew over 100 attendees is in the words of Executive Director Jagdip Ahluwalia “a continued commitment […]

NextGen Networking Mixer

NextGen Networking Mixer

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: How do you engage and involve the next generation of professionals in a cause you believe in? Twenty eight year old Narayan Bhargava – IACCGH Board member and NextGen Committee founder and Darel D’Souza, President, Pratham Young Professionals (PYP) had an idea. The two organizations teamed up to host the first […]

IACCGH Hosts LinkedIn Seminar

IACCGH Hosts LinkedIn Seminar

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: On July 27, over 50 IACCGH members and guests attended a highly engaging and informative seminar titled “How to make your Business Grow Using LinkedIn.” Organized by the Chamber at Madras Pavilion, the seminar sought to explain how the use of LinkedIn – the world’s largest professional network could power their […]

You are not Paraya Dhan for us Says New CG

You are not Paraya Dhan for us Says New CG

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: A soaking Houston officially welcomed the new Consul General Anupam Ray, his wife Amit Goldberg and family to the Bayou City at a community wide reception hosted by 22 Indo American organizations. Held on June 12, at India House, the CG met with leaders and key members of the organizations, delivered […]

IACCGH Shell Distinguished Lecture: “Leading in Times of Uncertainty”

IACCGH Shell Distinguished Lecture: “Leading in Times of Uncertainty”

HOUSTON: On May 4, the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston hosted Bhavesh (Bob) Patel, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies for the Shell IACCGH Distinguished Lecture Series. Prior to the lecture, in a special show of support for IACCGH, Houston […]

Houston’s Mayor Turner Re-appoints Sanjay Ramabhadran to the METRO Board

Houston’s Mayor Turner Re-appoints  Sanjay Ramabhadran to the METRO Board

HOUSTON: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has re-appointed Sanjay Ramabhadran to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (METRO) and the appointment for a 2-year term was confirmed by Houston City Council. He was previously appointed by Mayor Annise Parker and became the first Indian-American to serve on the METRO Board.  Other City of Houston appointees include incoming Chair […]

IACCGH Launches the International Student Internship Program

IACCGH Launches the International Student Internship Program

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: IACCGH Board member Narayan Bhargava cofounded an organization during his freshman year at UT which provided free consulting to struggling businesses in Austin by students who in turn gained valuable experience through solving real life business problems.  Today, this has become a premier student led organization at the McCombs School of […]

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