GOPIO awards and annual banquet

Every year, GOPIO hosts an Awards Banquet to honor Indian Americans who have made outstanding services and have made significant contributions in their field of specialization. It gets wide coverage in the media.

Award of Excellence Gala Banquet

Our signature event of the GOPIO Virginia Gala Award of Excellence Banquet & Celebration of the 4th Anniversary was successfully conducted on April 30. 

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Past Events

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Mayur Mody

Mr. Mayur Mody is the founder and board member of the American Diversity Group since 2013. He has begun his journey with the American Diversity Group to bring together the diverse group of people to build and sustain healthy community and enriched lives through interated medical practice, education and awareness with the purpose of purpose of empowering communities to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.

Sant Gupta

Sant Gupta has been living in Northern Virginia for the past 22 years. He immigrated to the US in 1969 to undertake graduate studies in Electrical Engineering. He has worked as an Engineer, Sales executive, Marketing and Product management. Along the way, he earned an M.B.A, with a major in Marketing and Finance. Currently, he works for a defense-oriented electronic equipment manufacturing firm as a Business Development Executive.

Mayur Shah

The story of Mr. Mayur Shah is a very interesting and inspiring story. Born on 19 April 1960 in Bharuch. He came to the US in September 1999. He started his journey and understood different accent started working at Bloomingdale and left the job in six Month. Then join Chevy Chase bank as sales associate and after two years become Branch Manager at chevy chase Bank as manager till 2005. He switched his carrier in January 2006 and join mortgage division as a loan officer, specializing in, “First time home buyer” and helping people to achieve their dream home.


Vatsala Mehra

VATSALAMEHRA, winner of the Best International Woman Ghazal Singer Award and the Best International Sufi Singer award, has been acclaimed worldwide for her diverse repertoire that includes 17 CDs/Albums, recorded with major music companies in India. Ms Mehra was honored with an award by the Government of India for her contribution in projecting India’s musical tradition in the U.S. amongst many others such as IFAB Best International Sufi Singer award May, 2019 and Global Film and Music festivalAward, March 2022

AWARDEES of 2021

Prof. Ram B. Gupta,

Dr. Ram B. Gupta is a Professor and the Associate Dean for
Faculty Research Development in the College of Engineering at
the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. At VCU he helps faculty develop world-class research in all its engineering disciplines. During the last seven years (2014-2021), he helped increased the sponsored research by 400%. Previously, Gupta served the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) as director of the Energy for Sustainability program. Currently, he provides expert help to NSF in its Engineering Research Centers program. Development activities.

Mr. Korok Ray

Korok is an Associate Professor at the Mays Business School of Texas A&M University, and Director of the Mays Innovation Research Center. He is a labor economist who researches the future of work. In particular, he investigates how computer science and machine learning can create better electronic labor markets that will become ever more common in a networked society.

Prof. Indrajit S. Saluja

Founder editor and publisher of The Indian Panorama, a digital weekly with headquarters in New York, Prof. Indrajit S Saluja is a serial editor of
newspapers and magazines. After moving to the US in 2003, he has contributed significantly to the growth of Punjabi media. He is responsible for starting four Punjabi publications: Shane-e-Punjab (2004), Punjabi Duniya (’04), Apna Punjab (’05), and Punjabi Patrika (’07). He has been a well-known anchor onRavi Punjabi TV andJusPunjabi TV.