2nd GARSHOM AWARDS: AWARDEE PROFILES
Garshom Pravasi Ratna Award
Mr. Joseph Melookaran is one among 2 Indian in the advisory council on Asian American Pacific Islands to the American President. He was appointed last May to the advisory council making him and only the 3rd Malayalee to have risen to such a post in America. He is among the leadership of the Republican Party and also a member of State Committee of the party. Mr. Joseph Melookaran is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He is the owner of accounting firm Melookaran & Associates, JMA Information Technology an IT firm and is in the director board of many other companies in USA. He is also the chairman of Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Kansas. He is hailing from Koratty in Trichur District.
Garshom Yuva Pravasi Award
PRIYA CHACKO MALAYIL
Ms. Priya is the international president of the World Malayalee Council Youth Forum. She has been an willing contributor to the activities of various Malayalee Associations worldwide. She rose to become the youngest secretary of Vienna Malayalee Association in 1997. She was the association secretary of World Malayalee Council from 1998 to 2002. She is constantly striving to bring forth opportunities for the youth of Non-Resident Keralites to come together & join hands to development on their talent & interests. Ms. Priya Chacko is working as a Scientific Assistant in Vienna University besides pursuing her research studies in Economics from Vienna University. Her family hails from Changanassery.
Garshom Pravasi Returnee Award
Mr. Baiju Radhakrishnan is a B.Tech in mechanical engineering from Trichur Engineering College. He is presently pursuing research in International Marketing Enterprises Management in Aligarh Muslim University. He joined Appllo Tyres in 1989 as an Engineer at their Baroda plant. He moved on to the International Marketing division in 1992. He rose to become the manager of this division in 1994. In 2001 he shifted from selling tyres to selling clothes. When he joined Lavino Kapon Cotton, a Mumbai based garment export company as Vice President, Marketing. He has been the Managing Director of Agreenco since October 2002. He has played a major role in guiding Agreenco to a multicrore, multiproduct company that promises to generate employment in thousands to the industry starved Kerala. Agreenco presently employs more than 600 people in various levels and location.