The Georgia Indo American Chamber of Commerce (GIACC) organized a summer networking social on June 22, 2017 at The Buckhead Club. Sponsored by UBS Financial Services, the event was well attended and included special guests from the Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce who spoke about their trip to India. “Desktop Yoga” was also a topic, as well as making donations to overseas charities.

Jan Paul, executive director of Leadership Sandy Springs, speaks about her visit to India with the Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce at the GIACC event hosted at The Buckhead Club.Sandy Springs’ leadership included Tom Mahaffey, president/CEO, Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce; Jan Paul, executive director of Leadership Sandy Springs; Jim Kelley, CPA, board member of SS Chamber; and Charan Singh, M.D., board member of SS Chamber.

​Mahaffey and Paul spoke about their recent trip to India where they met with industry leaders and explored future business and tourism opportunities in Mumbai and New Delhi. Singh also shared his experiences and the very positive steps being taken by the chamber to make Georgia a lucrative destination for investors. Additionally, Paul spoke about Bollywood’s bustling film industry as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs empowering the youth of India, many of whom are coming to Atlanta to further their studies and careers.

IMG 8148​“Desktop Yoga” was demonstrated by Mona Shah and Nalini Mehta of TLEX in honor of International Yoga Day. The TLEX program (Transformational Leadership for Excellence) is a customized course offered to companies, that uses the basic tenets of yoga and breathing exercises to help increase productivity, efficiency, and employee wellness.

​​Langley Respess of UBS, a new GIACC corporate member, spoke about the wealth management firm and its work with the Indian community, assisting in various issues related to cross-border financial transactions and wealth planning. He spoke specifically about donor advised funds that can be used by U.S. families to make tax deductible donations to overseas charities, including charities in India.

“The Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce’s trip to India to explore future business opportunities in India is a true testament to the unified success the State of Georgia and India can achieve,” said Sonjui Kumar, GIACC’s chairperson and partner at KPPB Law. “The opportunities and relationships that the leadership of Sandy Springs forged in their trip is exactly what GIACC aims to foster in Georgia.”

In its mission, GIACC protects, develops, encourages, promotes, and fosters trade, business, financial, or professional interests and commercial relations between India and the United States, including specifically Georgia.

The original story appeared in the August 2017 issue of Khabar magazine.