After graduation with a Masters in Hospitality Management from Cornell University in 1996, Mr. Rajesh Advani, 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 Mr. Rajesh Advani 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 workout. He enjoys playing tennis, badminton and table tennis. He had a 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.
A cornerstone of the growth and development at the Valecha Group is Mr. Karan Valecha. With a degree in Business Management, he is involved in the Finance, Business Development, Legal amp HR matters at Valecha Engineering limited and plays an important role in the strategic amp brand building of Gold's Gym all across India. Youthful amp dynamic, Mr. Karan Valecha is always looking at newer opportunities across the start-up universe by lending his varied knowledge and experience across sectors. 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
Mr. Nikhil Kakkar journey so far, from a person selling medicines to making the country fit by making Gold’s Gym the leader in India in the fitness industry, has been a fascinating one. Leading him to travel to more than 150 cities globally and look at fitness as a way of life. Mr. Nikhil Kakkar never thought of selling opening gyms would land up in his dream job when he joined Gold’s Gym as a franchising head for the Northern region over 12 years back and within five years he was given the responsibility to handle pan India franchising. In his role as franchising head he has taken the brand to a whole new orbit in the last five years, under his leadership India became the first and the only country outside USA to have more than 150 gyms with a foot print in 95 cities. Now Mr. Nikhil Kakkar spear heads the entire organization from Business development, Gym operations, HR, Finance Technology. Looking at adding training of people to gear up to the ever expanding fitness market and expanding to neighboring countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives is the next goal for him in the coming years.
Mr. Prashant Machwe spearheads Finance Accounts function of Gold’s Gym India, he is associated with the brand for last 6+ years. An astute professional in the field of Finance, Accounts, Legal, Human Resources and Implementation of ERP System, Mr. Prashant Machwe brings in an overall experience of 30+ years to Gold’s Gym India. He is a man with inspirational leadership qualities and avid follower of sound fool-proof systems and processes. Mr. Prashant Machwe 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.
A graduate in life sciences backed by a post-graduation in food & nutrition Ms. Sheth started her career at the prestigious breach candy hospital as a dietician.
After a brief stint, Ms Shraddha Sheth joined the company as a nutritionist honing her skills in counselling leading to selling different products in the fitness industry. In the last 17.5 years, it has been a rounded experience having understood all aspects of the gym business now straddling various verticals including business expansion, training, operations, marketing, fitness education and above playing a role in growing the brand.
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, spearheading edu tech path , expansion of curriculum by partnering with international educators and plays a role in making the brand omni channel since the pandemic has struck . Ms Shraddha Sheth is constantly seeking greater challenges and keeps herself fit as part of her passion to be a role model to youngsters in the organization.