Article Written by: Manu Shah
Photography by : Bijay Dixit, Unique Photo Images
IACCGH announces the Award winners for 2014 HOUSTON: The Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) began the countdown to its 15th Annual Gala 2014 by announcing the names of the award winners of 2014. One hundred and twenty five members and guests gathered at the upscale Mr. Peeples restaurant on 4th September to congratulate the IACCGH 2014 award winners. The underwriter of the celebratory reception was Dr. Lucky Chopra. IACCGH Advisors Dr. Renu Khator and Paul Hamilton, Past Presidents and members of the Board were also present. IACCGH Founding Secretary, Jagdip Ahluwalia, who currently serves as Executive Director, talked about the growth of the organization since its creation in 1999 while IACCGH President, Sanjay Ramabhadran announced the names of the award winners. The winners thanked IACCGH for this honor and looked forward to receiving the award at the 15th Annual Gala to be held on 27th September in Houston.
Gala Keynote Speaker, US Senator John Cornyn will be presenting the awards to the winners. The winners were selected for their diverse contributions in the fields of entrepreneurship, energy, education, healthcare and public service. They are:
Dr. Devinder Bhatia, a highly respected and sought after thoracic surgeon, philanthropist and the first Indo American to be appointed to the Texas Medical Board.
Sonal Bhuchar, the first Indo American to serve as Chairperson of Fort Bend Independent School District. A physiotherapist by profession, she has been a forceful advocate about the need for better educational opportunities and healthcare in the community.
The Entrepreneur Award of the Year goes to Pallavi and Pinakin Dinesh, who have transformed their Company, Amzer Corporation from a small organization to one with a global footprint. They manufacture, distribute and sell innovative accessories for smartphones and tablets.
Judge Ravi K. Sandill, 127th District Court judge for his distinguished law career. He is also the first Indo American District court judge to serve in Texas. In addition, he shines the spotlight on critical issues related to Houston in a weekly breakfast meeting.
GAIL (India) Ltd and its partners Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc., Cheniere Energy, Inc. and Dominion Cove Point LNG are being felicitated for their groundbreaking efforts in securing India’s energy needs and facilitating Indo US bilateral trade. Jayanta Sinha, President, GAIL Global (USA) and Gerry Morton, VP of Carrizo Oil and Gas, Inc. were present at the Reception.