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Telugu Times Honors Exemplary Entrepreneurs at the Second Edition of Business Excellence Awards 2024 in Dallas

The Telugu Times, a prominent publication serving the Telugu diaspora in the United States for over two decades, celebrated the second edition of its Business Excellence Awards on June 2024, recognizing the outstanding contributions of Telugu entrepreneurs in Dallas.



Mr. Dayakar Puskoor, CEO of Dallas Venture Capital, for Venture Capital and Investment.
Mr. Dayakar Puskoor, CEO of Dallas Venture Capital, for Venture Capital and Investment.


Sri D. C. Manjunath, Consul General of India, graced the event as the Chief Guest, lauding the Telugu community's significant impact on both the U.S. and Indian economies. Highlighting the growing remittances to India and the community’s robust participation in diverse sectors, Manjunath praised the Telugu Times for its role in fostering a sense of unity and purpose among Telugu Americans.


Mr. J. A. Chowdary, Former Adviser of IT&C to the Government of Andhra Pradesh, attended as the Guest of Honor. Reflecting on his tenure at the Software Technology Park of India (STPI) in Hyderabad, Chowdary noted the platform's pivotal role in advancing the careers of many IT professionals. He commended the award recipients for their remarkable achievements and contribution to their respective fields.


The prestigious awards celebrated an array of leaders across various industries:

  • Mr. Srikanth Gaddam, CEO of ERPA in Columbus, Ohio, for IT Services.

  • Mr. Dayakar Puskoor, CEO of Dallas Venture Capital, for Venture Capital and Investment.

  • Dr. Yogi Chimata, of Dallas Renal Group, for Hospitals and Healthcare.

  • Mr. Anil Sunkara, Producer at AK Entertainments in Dallas, for Cinema and Entertainment.

  • Mr. Bala Indurthi, President of Sankara Netralaya in Atlanta, Georgia, for Community Service.

  • Ms. Geetha Dammanna, CEO of Dammanna Law in Dallas, for Legal Services.

  • Mr. Ramesh Gadiraju, of A2B Sweets & Restaurants, for Hospitality.

  • Mr. Kiran Pasham, President of Splash BI in Atlanta, Georgia, for IT Products Development.

  • Mr. Vijay Borra, CEO of DFW Lands in Dallas, for Real Estate.

  • Mr. Maheswara Kas, CEO of KK Software Associates in Columbus, Ohio, for IT Staffing.




Mr. Srikanth Gaddam, CEO of ERPA in Columbus, Ohio, for IT Services.
Mr. Srikanth Gaddam, CEO of ERPA in Columbus, Ohio, for IT Services.



In his opening remarks, Chennuri Venkata Subba Row, Editor and CEO of Telugu Times, reflected on the genesis of the Business Excellence Awards, an initiative aimed at recognizing and showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit and achievements within the Telugu community. “Telugu is one of the fastest-growing languages in the USA, with nearly a million Telugus residing here. They are an integral part of the American fabric, operating numerous businesses, restaurants, and theaters. Telugu movies often premiere in the U.S. a day before their release in India. The burgeoning number of Hindu temples further signifies the deep-rooted cultural connections,” Subba Row stated.


The initiative not only honors business leaders but also underscores the thriving relationship between the Telugu states and the U.S., built on strong people-to-people ties, shared democratic values, and cultural exchanges. Subba Row highlighted the necessity of such awards to reflect the vibrant contributions of the Telugu community, especially in the technological sector, a growth attributed largely to the post-Y2K influx of Telugu professionals.


First launched in Milpitas, San Francisco in June 2023, the awards have now made their successful second appearance in Dallas, Texas. This annual event continues to celebrate the dynamic presence of the Telugu diaspora in the American business landscape, reaffirming their significant role in both local and international spheres.


For over 21 years, the Telugu Times has remained a cornerstone for the Telugu community in the U.S., providing insights and fostering a sense of identity and pride among its readership.

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