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OUR TEAM

JAGDISH K. VALECHA – 

CHAIRMAN, FOUNDER & CO-INVESTOR

Soon after Graduation, J. K. Valecha was at the helm of affairs and got involved in the Infrastructure/ Construction Business. His ability in the field of evaluation of projects, planning the future course of action, and project implementation skills saw him taking challenges in setting new standards and getting cutting edge technology in the Civil Construction sphere. J.K.Valecha, with this risk taking ability and quick decision-making, made rapid progress in taking Valecha Group to great heights by bagging prestigious projects on a global bidding basis. The Valecha group has got interests in Construction, Power Transmission & Green Field Investment.

He is the prime mover in bringing GOLD”S GYM to India with a mission for GOLD”S GYM – “When Indians think of Fitness, they think of GOLD”S GYM”.

He is a keen sports enthusiast with special interests in water sports like skiing, kayaking, rafting and scuba diving. He cherishes the dream of making fitness a way of life with Indians.

JAGDISH K VALECHA
RAJESH ADVANI

RAJESH ADVANI – 

DIRECTOR, FOUNDER & CO-INVESTOR

On graduation with a Masters in Hospitality Management from Cornell University in 1996, Rajesh, a second generation entrepreneur, took over as head of the Sun-n-Sand Group. He brings with him his association with the hospitality field and heads the group with a view to consolidate its brand strength.

A hectic schedule does not keep Rajesh away from pursuing other interests. He is a health and fitness buff and an avid follower of cricket. He does not miss out his regular morning workouts, no matter where he is. He enjoys playing tennis, badminton and table tennis. The concept to provide world-class fitness standards in India was followed up with intense research across the globe culminating in the signing up with the leaders in fitness- GOLD”S GYM.

G. RAMACHANDRAN – 

DIRECTOR, FOUNDER & CO-INVESTOR

A mentor capitalist with impeccable entrepreneurial spirit and financial expertise has evolved beyond spread sheets and scripted success stories from new economy start ups like Tower Capital, Imageads Communications, Serena Spa, Karrox Technology, LMI learning, Isprava Luxury homes ,Gold’s Gym and Pop Up Technologies. GR (as he is popularly known) has had the unique ability of starting, scaling up and selling these companies to PE funds or MNCs as the case may be.

GR has been successful in exits having had attractive exits from the following :
Karrox technologies sold as a multi bagger by selling it to a PE -LUMIS Partners
Imageads communications was successfully sold to Percept Hukuhodo
Safehouse was successfully sold as a multi bagger to the biggest document storage MNC Iron Mountain of USA Serena Spa was sold to a PE at attractive valuations

Isprava luxury homes was sold to Godrej Properties ltd
Tower Capital was sold as a Business Transfer agreement at a attractive valuation to Royal Bank of Scotland
LMI has been sold to a HNI as part of the exit strategy of the original promoters
A perpetual quest to explore new horizons of a fast changing global scenario made GR go through a metamorphosis and turn in to a Mentor Capitalist for the last 15 years and now a full fledged professional entrepreneur with this venture. In his past avatar GR is a qualified Chartered Accountant from Price Waterhouse Coopers with over 20 years in Investment Banking, Consulting, Treasury management ,capital markets and Business Process Strategies & Organizational development with Ranbaxy Labs, Ernst & Young, J P Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Reliance Capital and the Times of India Group to name a few.

G RAMACHANDRAN
KARAN VALECHA

KARAN VALECHA – 

DIRECTOR, FOUNDER & CO-INVESTOR

A Bachelors of Management Studies (BMS) Graduate specializing in International Finance and Special Studies in Marketing, Karan Valecha began working with Global Financial Firm JP Morgan Chase (India) soon after graduation in the Corporate Planning and Analysis Team. In 2007, he began work on establishing ‘Club Privada’ as India’s premier yacht membership club – a startup venture. Today, he is an Executive at Valecha Group in the Business Development and Tendering Team whose target is to get INR 2500 Cr worth of projects for the company in the next 2 years.

He is a keen sports and fitness enthusiast and an avid follower of football. He has special interests in all adventure sports including scuba diving, skiing, sky diving, bungee jumping, rafting and anything Extreme!

SHRADDHA SHETH – 

VICE PRESIDENT – SALES, OPERATIONS & MARKETING

A graduate in life sciences backed by a post graduation in nutrition Shraddha started her career at the prestigious Breach candy hospital as a nutrition specialist.After a brief stint Shraddha joined the company in the sales department honing her skills in selling different products in the fitness industry to begin with .

In the last 13 years it has been a rounded experience having understood all aspects of the gym business now straddling various verticals including sales ,Training ,operations ,marketing and above all strategy

A constant engagement to keep the brand at the forefront as a leader has been the main focus and now spearheads the entire corporate owned gym business of the company

Shraddha is constantly seeking greater challenges and keeps herself fit as part of her passion to be a role model to youngsters in the organisation.

SHRADDHA SHETH
KARAN VALECHA

NIKHIL KAKKAR – 

VICE PRESIDENT – FRANCHISING & OPERATIONS

Nikhil Kakkar has been spearheading the expansion of Gold’s Gym, he has been associated with the brand for the last 8+ years.

Under Nikhils leadership India became the first country outside USA to have 100+ Golds Gym with a foot print in 70+ cities.

Nikhil takes total responsibility of Location Selection, Gym layout planning and Equipment procurement. He helps the franchisees with Presales planning including Staff recruitment & Coordination for training of staff.

Nikhil gives hands on support in Operations, Marketing & Sales to the Franchise Partners.

PRASHANT MACHWE – 

VICE PRESIDENT – FINANCE & ACCOUNTS

Prashant spearheads Finance & Accounts function of Gold’s Gym, India, he is associated with the brand for last 3 + years.

An astute professional in the field of Finance, Accounts, Legal, Human Resources and Implementation of ERP System, Prashant brings in an overall experience of 30 + years to Gold’s Gym, India. He is team a man with inspirational leadership qualities and avid follower of sound & fool-proof systems and processes.

Prashant is a Pro Table Tennis player having represented India in World Veteran Table Tennis Championship 3 times and is winner of many national and state level tournaments. A fitness enthusiast, he keenly follows lawn tennis, football and cricket.

PRASHANT MACHWE

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