The Shah File Featured

8:00pm EDT August 26, 2009

Born: Mandvi-Kutch, India, 350 miles north of Bombay in the desert region 

Education: Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University


First job and what it taught you: Development engineer in Cleveland. I learned how to communicate with everyone from factory workers to peers, supervisors and customers. 

What’s your definition of success?

Success is a fun journey. Think of driving a car on a freeway. So many are ahead of you, and if you look in the rearview mirror, so many behind you. The truth is: Each one wants to reach his own destination, so no one is ahead or behind. It’s always fun going up the mountain. And when you reach the top, you see many more peaks yet to climb.

Your workday is off to a bad start. How do you turn it around?

Think something positive. Touch a few steps where the outcome is positive, then go back to the divisive or negative part.


What’s your favorite part of your job? 

Coaching an employee — when the employee achieves the results beyond his own dream and becomes another source of energy.


What’s your proudest accomplishment? 

Innovating one of the oldest professions in the world. Helping over 100,000 people around the world in 35 different countries.

Where we’ve seen the company’s stone: In 1981, M S International Inc. won the contract to provide black granite for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.


If you weren’t in your current position, what might you be doing instead?

I am a mechanical engineer. I would probably be retired by now.