Mr GBK Rao, our Chairman and Managing Director, is the founding life-force behind Pragati. He was born into an agricultural family of Repalle, Guntur Dist., Andhra Pradesh. A Mechanical Engineering by training, a successful Design Engineer by talent and an entrepreneur by inclination, he established his first venture, known as Mech Fab Engineering Works, in 1980 at Pimpri, Pune. He manufactured pressure vessels, dryers, reactors and the likes here, and won many accolades from MNCs for manufacturing large, pressure-resistant shells and high speed steel. Then, there was no looking back. He came back to Andhra Pradesh and gave shape to his great vision through his brain-child, Pragati Resorts, taking over as its Chairman and MD.
Today, he is a member of the Industry Advisory Committee of the Government of Orissa, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Indo-American Chambers of Commerce, Tourism Development Committee, Indian Association of Amusement Parks and Industries (IAAPI), Federation of Indian Herbal Industry (FIHI) and many more prestigious associations. He’s known to deliver the most unique talks when he’s invited to do so. Apart from spreading love to humans, nature and animals alike, he is a visionary who is always up to new ventures.
Mrs G V Kumari, Mr GBK Rao’s wife, is not only the woman behind the successful man, but also a passionate business person herself. She went on to study Financial Management while pursuing her post graduate in Commerce. Mrs GV Kumari joins Mr GBK Rao as the Director of the Pragati Group, but even before that she had been his incessant support. Her perfectionist bent of mind complements Mr Rao’s intelligence and passion in a beautiful synergy.
Mr Ajay Chandra, Pragati’s Joint Managing Director, is the epitome of everything that Pragati stands for. Born to Mrs GV Kumari and Mr GBK Rao, he grew up in an environment rooted in tradition but well-versed with the modern. He is qualified as an Industrial Engineer and chose Australia for his MBA. Equipped with the latest and the global, he joined his parents and followed in their footsteps of returning to his roots. He is known to add the strategic angles to all Pragati initiatives.