Monday, November 30, 2009

Vibha Seeds sets up Rs 200-crore seed facility in Andhra Pradesh

Hyderabad: The Rs 500-crore Vibha Seeds Group ( Parchuri Vidyasagar Chairman and Managing director) has invested Rs 200 crore to set up a multi-crop seed processing facility at Janampet in Mahboobnagar district of Andhra Pradesh. The state-of-the-art centre, built on about 106 acres, is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. The company is engaged in private crop genetics and plant breeding researches. It undertakes crop improvement research programmes and reaches out to more than 20 million farmers across 19 states.

According to Vidyasagar Parchuri, CMD, Axis Bank and L&T are providing 80% of the funding as debts and the rest is from internal accruals. He said that plant has the capacity to process 1,200 mt of field and vegetable crops per day. It is claimed to be the world’s largest plant that includes an industrial scale biotech laboratory, a corn-cob drying facility, a cotton processing plant, warehouse packaging and cold storage facilities. The facility can roll out 100 trucks of processed seeds of over 190 products in 12 field crops and 18 vegetable crops, per day, he added.

Incidentally, the company is integrating biotechnology and genetic engineering with conventional breeding methods. Its gene bank includes 60,000 germ plasms of all its seed crops. The company has research farms on 800 acres, 15 R&D centres and 34 multi-location testing centres across the country. With cotton as its focus, the company has become the fourth largest cotton player, and doubling its sales this year from 25 lakh packets. It has over 11 Bollgard and 14 Bollgard II cotton hybrids for all the three cotton growing zones.

It is in collaboration with International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Asian Vegetable Research and Development Centre, Centro International de Mejoramiento de Maizy Trigo, International Rice Research Institute and Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics.

6 Kamma Corporators elected for GHMC

6 Kammas are elected as Corporators in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections

1) Edpuganti DhanaLakshmi P&T Colony
2) Attaluri Vijaya Lakshmi Srinagar Colony
3) Dandamudi Sobhanadri KPHB Colony
4) Manchikalapudi Bhanu Prasad Hyder Nagar
5) Boddu Venkateswaera Rao Qutbullapur
6) Kotta Rama Rao
Kapra

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dr N Varaprasad: CEO - National Library Board Singapore

Dr N Varaprasad
CEO National Library Board

Dr N Varaprasad has made many significant contributions to public service and education in Singapore. After 13 years teaching Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Singapore, he moved to educational administration and leadership positions. His 11 years, from April 1990 to 2001, as Principal/CEO of Temasek Polytechnic where he founded and built the institution to a major institution of13,000 students with a reputation for innovative teaching and progressive educational methods is noteworthy. The vibrant, creative and student-friendly atmosphere that characterize Temasek Polytechnic are attributed to his strong leadership.
Upon leaving the polytechnic, Prasad was appointed as the Deputy President of the National University of Singapore in Dec 2001, overseeing the corporate cluster of departments, such as the library, computer centre, student matters, occupational health and safety, quality management, arts and culture.


On 15 Sep 2004, he joined the National Library Board as its Chief Executive. The National Library Board is recognised world-wide for its innovations in delivering a world-class library system for Singapore. Within nine months he published the Library 2010 strategic plan for the NLB, laying out the directions for the next five critical years. He has also made corporate governance a key platform of his leadership.

Prasad also serves on the Boards of the Civil Service College, the Health Promotion Board, and the SIA Engineering Co Ltd. as well as other public and charitable organizations.

Dr Varaprasad has also published many of his research papers on urban transport planning and methodology in prominent scholarly journals and books. More recently he has given invited presentations on the future of public and national libraries and organizational excellence at various conferences.


Indies Pharma makes history

Jamaica: A commitment to quality and leadership in the pharmaceutical industry has landed the Montego Bay-based Indies Pharma (Dr Guna Muppuri, president and CEO) the prestigious 2009 Century International Quality ERA Award.

During the 11th Century International Quality ERA Convention in Geneva, Switzerland, Indies Pharma copped the award in the gold category in recognition of tech-nology, innovation and management -
marking the first time a Jamaican pharmaceutical company has won such an award.

"We were surprised that we were chosen for this award because, while you are aware that you are monitored locally, we were not aware the international community was also taking such a keen interest in our operations," said Dr Guna Muppuri, Indies Pharma's president and chief executive officer.

Good track record
The criteria on which the award is given includes excellence in leadership and business manage-ment, quality and excellence, business and brandname prestige and technology, innovation and expansion.

While Indies Pharma has only been in business since 2005, the company has managed to win the National Quality Awards by the Bureau of Standards twice in 2006 and 2008, with more than 30,000 companies locally vying for this award. In addition, the company won the Best New Business Award in 2006, presented by the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce; the Employment Creation Award in 2007, presented by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica.

Operating under the slogan 'Caring for the Nation's Health', Muppuri pointed out that the success of his company has been fuelled by the commitment and dedication to providing quality supplies, offering excellent leadership "with a passion as we want to see our people healthy".

Muppuri added: "A healthy nation is a productive one and we want to play our role in accomplishing that."

Indies Pharma is a unique pharmaceutical company that offers a comprehensive package of scientific, technical, medical education and pharmaceutical consultancy services in addition to its regional (Caribbean) and local marketing and distribution services to its multi-national principal drug manufacturers.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sipra bags Emerging India award

HYDERABAD: The city-based Sipra Labs Limited (Vemulapalli Satyanarayana Managing Director), an integrated Contractual Research Organisation, was awarded the ‘Best Emerging Company’ in the pharmaceutical and chemical sector at an awards function organised to give Emerging India Award - 2009.

The Emerging India Award is presented to boost the small and medium enterprenuers (SME) segment of India that employs nearly 70 per cent of India’s workforce and accounts for 95 per cent of the country’s industrial units.


The Emerging Company award was presented to Sipra Labs Limited Managing Director Vemulapalli. Satyanarayana and Director V. Srihari by Home Minister P. Chidambaram recently at New Delhi.

Monday, November 23, 2009

PANGULURI RAMAN SUBBA RAO - WISDEN CRICKETER OF THE YEAR 1961

Raman Subba Row Panguluri, the Northamptonshire Ex.captain ,  chairman of the Test & County Cricket Board and an ICC match referee and left-handed batsman, has for many years provided his critics with the perfect answer -- success. Because of his somewhat cramped-looking style when batting and a certain awkwardness about his movements in the field there are many who are ever-ready to leap to the attack whenever he is chosen for England. Nobody pretends there is elegance and fluency about Subba Row's batting, but it needs far more than a quick appraisal to realise his true worth.

Courage and team-spirit are important factors in cricket and Subba Row, as we will see, has these in abundance. And if anyone believes that batting is dull when he is at the crease it is suggested that a closer inspection be made.

Note particularly the times when he keeps pace with harder hitting and more stylish players and his willingness to upset the field by going for sharply run singles. Suddenly it may dawn on them that there are few more effective players in England today. When a field is set deep to check runs and most batsmen are pounding away with mighty hits, often straight to a man, Subba Row has the almost uncanny knack of finding all sorts of gaps with his superb timing and placing of the ball. His is an art not always appreciated.

Subba Row was born at Streatham in Surrey on January 29, 1932. His father Panguluri Subba Rao, Native of Bapatla village Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India, went to Ireland just before the First World War and, studying at Dublin University, became a barrister and Privy Councillor. His mother is English and he has a brother, Stanley, nine years his senior. The family were always interested in cricket and the two youngsters often played together in the garden at their home.

At his preparatory school in Croydon, where he stayed until the age of 12, Subba Row developed into a useful left-handed batsman and right-arm slow bowler and he captained the side in his last year.

On going to Whitgift School, Subba Row made the first eleven in 1947 and remained in it for four years, again showing his prowess as a leader by being appointed captain in 1950. For three successive years he headed the batting averages and his slow bowling became increasingly effective.

In 1949 he was second in the school averages and in 1950, when changing from off-breaks to leg-breaks and googlies, he finished first with 52 wickets at 10 runs apiece. Two exceptional bowling performances in his last year were nine for nine against Hurstpierpoint and nine for 27 against Incogniti. During this period Subba Row received a good deal of help from E.A. Watts, formerly Surrey, then coaching at Whitgift.

During the school holidays Subba Row continued his cricket with Old Whitgiftians before going to Cambridge. There, with coaching from J.C. Laker (Surrey) and A.E.G. Rhodes (Derbyshire), he made an immediate mark and gained a Blue as a Freshman in 1951 in a side which included P.B.H. May, D.S. Sheppard, J.J. Warr and R.G. Marlar. As a middle-order batsman and slow bowler he held his own comfortably and in the second innings against Oxford he took five for 21.

As his bowling began to deteriorate so his batting improved and the following year he finished third in the Cambridge averages with an innings of 94 against Oxford his best score. Subba Row really came to the fore in his last year at the University, heading their averages with 52.05 and also turning out for Surrey in 14 Championship games, finishing second with them. In first-class matches he scored 1,823 runs and his average of 50.63 made him fifth in the country.


That winter he toured India with the Commonwealth side and on his return things began to go wrong for him. He had only moderate success for Surrey and during the season tore a thigh muscle. He had thoughts of giving up the game and going into business, but Northamptonshire invited him to join them on special registration in 1955. He also found work with a firm of accountants in the county. His form began to improve and against Lancashire at Northampton he made 260 not out, the highest score in Northamptonshire's history.

Little was seen of Subba Row in the next two years for he was called into the R.A.F. in March 1956. He stayed there for two years, reaching the rank of Pilot Officer with recruit training and education his special subjects. He played for the R.A.F. and Combined Services and occasionally for Northamptonshire before returning full-time for the county in 1958.

Appointed captain, he came right into form and headed their averages. He also finished third in the country, his 1,810 runs including 300, the only treble century against Surrey at The Oval. It also broke his own record for Northamptonshire and his stand of 376 for the sixth wicket with Lightfoot became the best for any wicket for the county.

At the end of that successful season he was chosen to tour Australia and New Zealand but luck went against him and just before the first Test he broke a bone at the base of his right thumb and played little on the tour.

He recovered so well from that setback that 1959 became his most prolific season. He scored 1,917 runs and hit six centuries. That form earned him a place in the team to West Indies where he again did splendidly, averaging 54, although he once more hurt himself, cracking a bone in a finger towards the end of the tour.

Another injury came last season when he repeated the Australian trouble, a broken bone in the thumb. Even so he made 1,503 runs and finished top of the first-class averages with 55.66.

Subba Row obtained his first Test chance against New Zealand at Manchester in 1958. He scored only nine and did not get another call until the fifth Test against India at The Oval the following year. Then, pressed into service as an opening batsman, he made 94. In West Indies in 1959-60 he again had to wait for his chance but, brought in for the fourth Test at Georgetown, he hit 100 in the second innings. This was made with a cracked finger and came at a badly needed time for England.


Although he played two seasons for Surrey, he blossomed after moving to Northamptonshire and won the first of his 13 Test caps in 1958, making a hundred in his first Test overseas and then scoring centuries in the first and last Ashes Tests in 1961. His retirement at the end of that summer (after which he was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year)

Last season, against South Africa, he was a recognised member of the side, but again he had to change his batting order in the interests of the team. After scoring 56 and 32 at number four in the first Test he was asked to open the innings because of injury to Pullar. He replied with a 90 at Lord's. Because of injury he missed the final game.

So far, in eight Tests, he has averaged almost 47 which has been a most effective reply to anyone doubting his Test class. Also his courage in the face of injury and the way he has fought his way into the Test side despite a certain amount of opposition has been proved. So, too, has his team spirit, for at no time has he batted regularly in his normal position.

Subba Row believes in suiting his style to the demands of the game and to playing it to the best of his ability. At first he scored a large proportion of his runs with deflections and he favoured the leg-side. That is still the case, but recently he has developed more off-side strokes and he is particularly clever at pushing singles just clear of the in-field. His judgment of a run is first-class.

At Surrey, with Laker and Lock supreme, Subba Row had few chances to develop his slow bowling and nowadays he goes on only rarely with high-flighted leg-breaks and googlies which can still break a stubborn stand. As a fieldsman he prefers being close to the bat, usually in the slips or gulley, but he is equally good in the deep.


Subba Row feels that his tour of India with the Commonwealth side helped his career considerably for he learned to play on other types of pitches and under different conditions. His most miserable period was in Australia watching everything go wrong but because of injury being unable to do anything to help.

Subba Row enjoys captaincy because he likes to be in the game at all times and among his most pleasant memories are leading Northamptonshire to victories over the South Africans and Yorkshire, the Champions, last season.

A charming, quiet personality, liked by everyone with whom he comes into contact, Subba Row behaves perfectly on and off the field and he always looks to be trying to do his best. In fact he is a real credit to the game of cricket.

2 Kamma MPs are Richest in the present Loksabha

The richest MP in the present Lok Sabha is Nama Nageswar Rao (Chairman and MD Madhucon Projects) of Telugdesham Party from Khammam seat in Andhra Pradesh. The worth of assets declared by him is about Rs173 crore. The third richest MP is Lagadapati Rajagopal (Lanco group) of Congress from Vijayawada with assets worth Rs122 crore.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Mohandas Narla elected for the Executive Comittee of The American Society of Hematology

WASHINGTON, November 19 - The American Society ofHematology, the world's largest professional society of blood specialists, welcomes five new officers to its Executive Committee, the governing body ofthe organization. The officers will begin serving their terms in January 2010.

Mohandas Narla, Vice President for Research, New York Blood Center, is the Directorof the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute and heads the Laboratory of RedCell Physiology at New York Blood Center. His primary research focus is thestudy of the structural organization of blood cell membranes in health anddisease and on regulation of blood cell production.

3 Kammas in Forbes India's 75 richest list

Rank: 34
Lagadapati Madhusudhana Rao (43) Net Worth $ 1,670
Net Worth: $1.67 billion Age: 43 Marital Status: Married Hometown: Hyderabad
U.S.-trained engineer, chairs Lanco, infrastructure group with interests in power, construction and property development. Family fortune based on two-thirds stake in flagship Lanco Infratech. Currently has nearly 8,000 megawatts of power projects under implementation and an order backlog of $3 billion in construction business. Is developing Lanco Hills, a 100-acre township in Hyderabad that is awaiting approval for a 121-story tower, billed as country's tallest. In June, group shifted corporate headquarters from Hyderabad to Delhi. Older brother L. Rajagopal reelected member of parliament in May.


Rank: 59
Divi Murali (58) Net Worth $910
Net Worth: $910 million Age: 58 Marital Status: Married, 2 children Hometown: Hyderabad
U.S.-trained scientist and one-time partner of pharma tycoon K. Anji Reddy (No. 64), he started Divis Laboratories in 1990 as a drug research firm. Company now makes generics and does custom manufacturing for big pharma companies. Also produces nutraceuticals that are used in food products and animal feed. Company derives 90% of its revenues from exports, mainly to the U.S. and Europe where sales have slowed. Spends weekends at his organic farm near Hyderabad where he lives.


Rank: 74
B.G.Raghupathy (56) Net Worth $710

Net Worth: $710 million Age: 56 Marital Status: Married, 4 children. Hometown: Chennai
Former marketing executive, he struck out on his own in 1985 as a subcontractor for state-owned Bharat Heavy Electricals, India's largest maker of power equipment. Partnered with Germany's GEA Energietechnik to manufacture equipment used in thermal and nuclear power plants. After GEA itself got acquired, he fought to retain control and bought out the German partner in 1993. Rechristened company as BGR Energy Systems and scaled up operations. In 2007, won contract for a gas processing plant in Iraq. Last year took company public, raising $94 million. Has forged link with China's Dong Fang, a power equipment maker, to jointly build for contracts. Recently hired the former chairman of state-owned thermal power producer NTPC, to help him run BGR.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fortify Acquires UCA Services, Inc. to Extend its Managed Services Offerings

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 18 -- Fortify Infrastructure Services, (Fortify) ( Rajkumar Velagapudi, President & CEO) a leading provider of IT services, announced its acquisition of New Jersey-based UCA Services, Inc., (UCA), a Managed Services provider offering Data Center and System Management Services. In acquiring UCA, Fortify strengthens its capabilities and expertise in its fast-growing IT Infrastructure Services practice.

Founded in 2003, UCA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NetFabrics Holdings, Inc., with offices in Parsippany, New Jersey and St. Louis, Missouri providing value-add services to Fortune 500 customers all around the United States. With more than 80% repeat customers, UCA brings a strong installed base of dedicated customers and partners in areas such as infrastructure managed services, data center operations, server and desktop management services, and help desk operations.

To Fortify, this acquisition is a great addition of expertise in providing end-to-end infrastructure services to customers in Financial Services, Life Sciences, Health Care and Hospitality sectors. "This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to continue to build on the success of Fortify's fast-growing IT Infrastructure Services practice by expanding the depth of services we can provide to our customers," said Rajkumar Velagapudi, President & Chief Executive Officer of Fortify.

About Fortify
Fortify is a leading provider of IT services. Focused on delivering strategic information technology solutions that address the complex business needs of its clients, Fortify uses its own on-site/offshore outsourcing model to provide infrastructure services; application services, and business process outsourcing. Find additional information about Fortify
at www.FortifyIS.com.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bharat Biotech inks pact with Orissa govt to set up Rs 100 cr ‘Konark Knowledge Park’

Bhubaneswar: A knowledge park is coming up here at an estimated cost of Rs 100 crore. This is the first public private partnership integrated industrial park by Government of Orissa and Bharat Biotech International [BBI] (Dr.Krishna Ella Chairman and MD).

Work at the 100 crore ‘Konark Knowledge Park’ at Mouza-Andharua near the state capital here began today with the ground breaking ceremony held here on Sunday. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presided over the function and planted a sapling and unveiled details of the park named as Konark Knowledge Park.

The project aims to boost investments in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals in the state of Orissa. When completed, this infrastructure will create world-class, state-of-the-art research and development enterprises in an exceptional environment designed to foster novel approaches to healthcare and its delivery.

The state government has allocated 64.86 acres of land (30 acres in Phase I and 24.86 acres in phase II) including 10 acres of land for development of Biotech Incubation Centre through a Special Purpose Vehicle [SPV] for development of an integrated industrial park to attract and promote biotechnology, pharmaceutical and information technology industries here. The land for park has been allocated in the form of a long term lease to the SPV named Konark Knowledge Park Pvt. Ltd.

The SPV will execute the Lease cum Development Agreement with Orissa Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO). The project is expected to be completed over a period of 8 years.

Addressing the gathering, Mr Patnaik said his government is keen to develop Mouza-Andharua, as a major Biotech, IT and Pharma hub in the state. “This PPP project demonstrates my government’s vision to successfully collaborate with the private sector to not only create world class infrastructure but also create new avenues for jobs and increase investment in our local economy”, he remarked.

BBI chairman Dr. Krishna Ella asserted that the park would accelerate the growth of entrepreneurship in the area of Biotech, Pharma and IT and help nurture local talent in the areas scientific in addition to technology based research and development. “This is a symbolic and a great moment as we start the construction of the Konark Knowledge Park”, he said.

Orissa Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) will provide all external infrastructure facilities, such as four-way lane roads to the gate, uninterrupted water supply, uninterrupted power with 33KVA sub-station, sewage etc to facilitate rapid development of internal infrastructure.

BBI has successfully developed an integrated Agri-Biotech Park in Bangalore and establishment of Genome Valley BioPharmaceutical cluster located in the outskirts of Hyderabad.

Madhu Koneru: Young NRI Entrepreneur

 Madhu Koneru
Group CEO: MEC Holdings (Singapore and Indonesia)
Executive Director: Trimex International FZE (Dubai)
Managing Director: RAK Minerals and Metals investments (RMMI - Dubai)
Director: Padaeng Industries PLC (Thailand)
Director: Al-Ghanem Trading and Contracting Co Ltd., (Jordan)
Director: TJ Shipping and Logistics (Dubai)

Under Madhu Koneru’s strategic guidance, MEC Holdings, an affiliate of Trimex Group, a global minerals and metals conglomerate, has established a unique framework of companies to bring to fruition their vision for Indonesia, and subsequently other countries in the region such as China and India. MEC Holdings includes MEC Coal, MEC Infrastructure, MEC Agriculture, and the MEC Foundation.
As the Group CEO of MEC Holdings, Madhu Koneru, 34, leads pioneering investments in the future of Indonesia. With the country’s abundant resources and strategic location it will play a key role in supplying the world’s energy needs whilst at the same time providing sustainable growth opportunities for its people.
MEC Coal a JV with Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Government invests in and manages large-scale coal projects in Indonesia. MEC Coal is developing one of the largest green field coal mines in Asia, located in East Kalimantan Province of Indonesia. MEC Coal has also tied up with NALCO for setting up a 1400 mw captive power plant and aluminium smelter.

From mines to market has been the vision at MEC Infrastructure, a JV with RAK Government. The company has obtained Indonesia’s first private railway license to develop a 130 kilometre integrated freight corridor from the mine site in Muara Wahau to the port in Bengalon. Integration with the rest of the group ensures reliable supply of coal to customers in a cost efficient manner without interruptions. MEC Infrastructure has obtained a port license to develop suitable facilities for the export of coal and import of varying raw materials in Bengalon, East Kalimantan Province of Indonesia. The port will be the region’s first fully integrated facility to load vessels using an automated conveying system. Port development is concurrent with the development of mines and the railway project.

Completing the suite of companies is MEC Agriculture which aims to utilise the by-product of coal mining to create a healthy agricultural framework, developing local land and providing local jobs.

Supporting the developments taking place in Indonesia, the MEC Foundation is being set up to enhance the lives, living standards and education of local communities throughout Indonesia.
Prior to establishing MEC Holdings, Koneru played an important role in growing the Trimex Group. His intrinsic involvement in the company’s core business activities has seen RAK Minerals and Metals Investments (RMMI), a Trimex joint venture, evolve into a trans-global $2 billion conglomerate, expanding into Africa, Europe, India and the Middle East. As Trimex’s Executive Director, his entrepreneurialism and assertive leadership were instrumental in developing the strategic partnerships and cogent blueprint that ultimately led to MEC’s launch.
Koneru is a member of the Board of Directors in Trimex Group, RMMI, Padaeng Industries PLC , a zinc mining and Smelter Company that owns the only zinc smelter plant in Southeast Asia, Al Ghanem Industrial Company Kuwait and TJ Shipping and Logistics.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Bhaskara Rao Jasti, AAPS Fellow 2009

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is pleased to announce its 2009 AAPS Fellows. An individual is granted the honor of being named AAPS Fellow after making sustained remarkable scholarly and research contributions to the pharmaceutical sciences such as original articles, scientific presentations at AAPS Annual Meetings, and/or patents.

Bhaskara Rao Jasti, Ph.D. is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, at University of the Pacific. His lab is studying the influence of ionic species, predictive models in oral mucosal drug delivery, and he is designing micelles with cell adhesion receptors (integrin ligands) for the targeted delivery of chemotherapeutic agents. He is a founding member and has served as Chair of the AAPS Bay Area Discussion Group, and has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and co-edited two books.

Surya Yalamanchili runs for Congress in Cincinnati

November 10, 2009: A former reality TV contestant is looking to spice up Cincinnati-area politics by mounting an independent congressional campaign for a seat currently held by Republican Jean Schmidt.

Surya Yalamanchili, 28, a contestant on the 2007 edition of Donald Trump’s "The Apprentice," calls being on the show "a lot like politics."

"These shows are all about posturing and playing gotcha and backstabbing and being incredibly opportunistic to get what you want," says Yalamanchili. "If that doesn’t describe the modus operandi of the Republican and Democratic parties in Washington, I don’t know what does."

Yalamanchili, who filed a declaration of candidacy last month with the Federal Election Commission, says he’s seeking office as an independent because he can’t stand the constant bickering between the two parties.


"I believe the average American can win a congressional district as an independent, if they are willing to talk to voters," he says. "At no other point has there been such dissatisfaction and anger with what is going on in Washington and how little our elected officials are representing their constituents’ views."

Yalamanchili grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Cincinnati after graduating from college to work as a brand manager for Proctor & Gamble’s "Olay" lotion franchise. After his stint on Trump’s show, Yalamanchili worked for a number of Internet social media companies, including LinkedIn.

There’s already a crowd vying for the seat Yalamanchili wants. Schmidt is seeking re-election. She’s being challenged in the GOP primary by Warren County Commissioner C. Michael Kilburn.
The Democratic field includes
David Krikorian, who sought the office last year as an independent, and state Rep. Todd Book.

Yalamanchili believes his background in brand management and social media will serve him well on the campaign trail, and the last two syllables of his name will also be a hit in chili crazy Cincinnati. His campaign website is: www.votechili.com.

For the record, Yalamanchili says his preferred Skyline Chili order is a 5-Way inverted, with the cheese on the bottom so it melts.