About Me

I am an accomplished business executive turned professional coach with a proven leadership track record across multiple industries. I have had a vast career identifying new market opportunities across US, European and Asian markets and have developed and launched new businesses in hardware, software and cloud products across retail and business channels both in business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets.  I have brought a blend of creative, strategic thinking with tactical, operational skills and international marketplace experience in driving rapid growth strategies across my various innovation roles. Now I am paying that success forward to help corporate executives, small business owners and people who believe they have more to manifest in the world around them, realize their fullest potential.


 

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

CEO, Openversa: Cofounded enterprise software startup; built product, commercially launched,  brought to early revenue and raised seed capital for an innovative Internet-of-Things (IoT) cloud solution.

Director Product Innovation, Universal Electronics: Led innovation teams in the creation of a new software product that helped quintuple company stock price.

Senior Product Manager, Belkin International: Launched Apple mobile accessories division that grew into a $200M business, pioneering a new Voice of Customer process that displaced incumbent competitors.

Entrepreneur-in-Residence Belkin International: Created a new smart home brand (WeMo), the first-to-the-world mass-consumer-grade home automation. Founded Conserve division, an energy conservation product line for both retail and smart-grid utility markets.

Global Product Manager Chrysler LLC: Led Chrysler product development teams in creation and development of new $2B global compact car project.

International Management Associate, DaimlerBenz: Recruited as part of Daimler’s top talent training program and held leadership roles in the US, Germany and China. Underwent 5 weeks of intensive executive & leadership training at Mercedes Benz headquarters.

Associate Consultant, AT Kearney: Developed engineering offshoring program for major tire manufacturer.

Consultant, Delco Remy: Developed Asia market entry strategy for Tier I automotive parts supplier.

Powertrain Systems Engineer, Roush Industries: Programmed engine control software and tested vehicles in hot weather, cold weather, altitude, engine labs and test tracks for Ford Special Vehicle Team (SVT).


EDUCATION

MBA Marketing & International Business; University of Michigan, Ross School of Business (Graduated with Distinction)

BS Mechanical Engineering; Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering


CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Professional Coach - UC Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute

Certified Yoga Teacher (200 hour) - Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh, Himalayas, India.

Certified Ayurveda Instructor: Perfect Health; Ayurvedic Lifestyle - Chopra Center (In Progress)

Certified Meditation Instructor: Primordial Sound Meditation - Chopra Center


BOARD ROLES

Beach Cities Health District - Board of Directors

Chai Energy - Advisory Board

Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram - Board of Trustees

USC Masters of Business for Veterans - Board of Counselors

LA Cleantech Incubator - Advisor


PERSONAL

I was born and raised in Hong Kong to Indian parents, then lived in Canada, and then moved to the US for college. I have traveled to over 40 countries for both work and fun, and in addition to English, I speak German, French, Bengali and a smattering of Hindi and Mandarin.  I love hiking, and completed the Southern California rite of passage of climbing Mt. Whitney (the homepage image).  I have also hiked solo in the Himalayas for four days, met enlightened Himalayan Masters in their caves, and trekked to the glacier where the source of the mighty Ganges River emerges. I have also experienced my fair share of adventure travel including traveling on the roofs of buses, hiking through minefields, trekking in war zones and getting dangerously lost in the Himalayas. I once test drove a car at 164 miles an hour for about 20 minutes before the differential caught on fire! Now, in my settled down years,  I am a devoted husband and father of three wonderful children - the adventure indeed continues! For fun these days, I love to garden, bicycle, hike and fix things around the house!


Vish is a successful entrepreneur who’s always had the heart of a coach and is now honoring that superpower. :)
— Human Resources Executive, Consulting Firm