How Amit Bhandari kept rising above every challenge to fulfill his dream with BioUrja Group Featured

8:00pm EDT June 30, 2013
Amit Bhandari, founder, BioUrja Group Amit Bhandari, founder, BioUrja Group

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Amit Bhandari

Founder

BioUrja Group

Little has come easy in life for Amit Bhandari. He left his home in Indore, India, at the age of 17 to come to the United States and pursue the entrepreneurial instincts that were beginning to drive him.

Those instincts were strong, but they weren’t enough to prevent some tough times. Bhandari worked as a waiter to make ends meet as he attended school and got the education he needed to pursue his career path in the chemical engineering industry.

He also established a day care business, a real estate investment business and a convenience store along the way. All this time he was building up a cash reserve he would eventually use to start a company of his own.

He founded the BioUrja Group of companies in 2006, recognizing a need for a company that could address the significant logistical challenges oil companies and independent refiners face to reliably procure ethanol to meet federal mandates.

His keen eye for opportunity would serve him well as he continued to make wise decisions to build his presence in the industry. He took risks, including the mortgaging of his own home and use of his own personal funds to obtain a key strategic asset through a bankruptcy auction.

When those risks paid off, his company grew stronger.

Bhandari looks to build relationships with people to enable him to factor their perspective into those key decisions that need to be made. With everyone on the same page, execution becomes cleaner and efficiency increases, leading to an even stronger organization.

Through all the success, Bhandari has not forgotten the tough road he took to achieve success. He works hard to support mentoring programs that can help the next generation of talented leaders to get their chance to fulfill their potential and big dreams. And his staff is often right there by his side, reaffirming his instinct in developing great leaders.

How to reach: BioUrja Group, www.biourja.com