CHICAGO: A front ranking Indian American business entrepreneur Dr. Deepak Vyas has been elected chairman of the prestigious Missouri District Export Council at the historic elections held recently. It is for the first time that an Indian has bagged this honor in Missouri and for Dr. Vyas this is yet another feather in his cap.
Dr. Vyas has been Vice- Chairman, Missouri Export Council from 2008 until now. He was the first Asian Indian ever to be nominated by the USA Secretary of Commerce in the country and privileged to serve the National Board of Export Council. He is also first Missourian ever to be elected to National Export Council in 2008 and serves on various committees at National level including Trade Policy and National Export Initiative.
“We are witnessing history in making today in the leadership of Dr. Deepak Vyas as Chairman of Missouri Export Council,” said Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. Lauding the contribution of Dr. Vyas to the City and County of St. Louis, Charlie A. Dooley the County executive said that with Deepak Vyas heading the Export Council, “St. Louis Region will have leadership and determination to make St. Louis an international business hub”
In the same vein St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay observed, “The City is proud to witness yet another history today, in electing Ambassador Dr. Vyas, long time resident, philanthropist, civic leader and businessman as our next Chairman of MODEC.”
“He is the first Indian American in St. Louis to have this honor and indeed does Indians proud,” said Ashwin Patel, a businessman from St. Louis.
Dr. Vyas has notched remarkable gains for his company Redberri Corporation, a diversified company with business interest in Pneumatic Tools, SOA – Redberri software and Private Equity Company. St. Louis Business Journal named the company as the largest minority owned firm in St. Louis region.
Some of the world’s major financial institutions depend on it. Redberri has reported a handsome jump in its revenue by 340 percent since Brunswick Corp. divested its software division to it in 2005. Vyas has since diversified its application for use in telemedicine, medical education, pneumatics and electronic health records.
Vyas isn’t focused solely on building his business. He has worked to build links between Indian and American businesses. In 2006, Vyas worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce to organize the largest official delegation of U.S. businesses to be hosted by the Indian government. He also helped orchestrate the largest delegation of Indian businesses to come to St. Louis. He has also helped establishing the U.S. India Business Center in St. Louis. “By bringing the U.S. India Center to St. Louis, bypassing the mega-cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, we will bring thousands of jobs here,” he added.
“Conducting international business requires a long period of cultivation of relationships, and Deepak has really opened the doors for those relationships among St. Louis businesses,” said Cory Simek, a director of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
When Vyas first came to St. Louis from southern India 25 years ago, there were just 45 to 50 families in the Indian community, which met each month on the Washington University campus. As president of the India Association of St. Louis, Vyas helped establish a community center in West County.
“When we picked the land to build the community center, it was on over five acres of land, and we thought, ‘Oh this is too big for us,’” Vyas said. The hall, which was built to accommodate 500 people now is too small for the 2,000-plus families that use it. Vyas’ other notable contributions include establishing the first India Festival in St. Louis and consecrating the Hindu Temple of St. Louis.