Four prominent Indian Americans have been awarded by a Houston based chamber of commerce for their outstanding work as entrepreneurs and for "building bridges" between India and the US. The awards were given by Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH).
The "Young Professional of the Year" was presented to Malisha Patel, 36, who is the chief operating officer of Memorail Hermann Hospital Sugarland. The Woman entrepreneur award was presented to Ms. Revati Puranik, CFO, Worldwide Oilfield Machine, a company that specialises in manufacturing oil and gas equipment and a member of The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) US largest such association.
Bhavesh (Bob) Patel, CEO LyondellBasell was awarded Business leader of the year, while entrepreneur of the year was accorded to Abezaar S Tayabji, founder and CEO Shipcom Wireless.
Lifetime Achievement awards were presented to the three Americans - Marvin Odum, former Shell USA president, Richard Huebner, former president Houston Minority Supplier Development and Dr John Mendelsohn, former president M D Anderson Cancer Center, for bridging barriers between India and USA.
Both countries were talking about issues such as defense, cybersecurity, and increase in trade. "When you do business in India you are essentially doing business with a country that is more like the US than many countries in the world", said Ray.
The Houston mayor Sylvestor Turner said the Indian presence in Houston makes it the most diverse city in America.