Investor *Sales and Marketing Pioneer * Author* Technology Champion *Philanthropist * Leadership Mentor
Mr Subhakar Rao’s career has mirrored his five main professional passions: Entrepreneurship, Leadership mentoring, Sales & Marketing Coaching, Incubation and Investments. In each, he has been uniquely successful in creating value measured in business generated as well as champions and leaders created(Sales &Marketing magazine called him “The Man Who pioneered Marketing Outsourcing industry”). From 1993, he supported numerous companies that created multiple thousands of jobs and today he manages the Champions Group of companies with over 2700 champions on the team. In 1995, he co-founded the Surapaneni Foundation and QIS Educational Institutions and initiated numerous colleges and charitable activities with Schools. A Top BITS, Pilani graduate in Computer science, Mr. Subhakar Rao Surapaneni completed his M.S. at the Wayne State University, USA & has numerous honorary certifications & degrees.
Subhakar Rao is also Chairman & Chief Coach @ Champions Group- which is a Multi National Global Conglomerate with numerous growing global enterprises in the portfolio of the group. To see a few of the new age companies in the group -checkout Champions Yacht Club , Champion Marketing Ventures , Champion Vehicles , Champion Prefabs , Champion Luxury Resorts , Champions Infratech , Champions Travel Club , Champion LandZone , Digital Marketers , Social Evoke , Election Campaigner, Strategic Services , CMO marketing summit, IP momentum , Champions Educational Trust , Champions Entertainment , Young Champions Camp , Champion Superior Capital etc. He also heads Sales & Marketing forums and works towards improving global sales and marketing education; and heads a Charitable Champions Educational Trust & Foundation along with being the driving force behind the Young Champions Educational Academy & Champions Lifelong Learning Society
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Named one of the “100 Most Influential Global Sales & Marketing Technology Leaders” by Marketing Times, Subhakar Rao is celebrating over two and half decades of driving global business change. It was in 1992, while he was doing his Masters in Wayne State University that the entrepreneurial bug caught him. That was when he began a search for Technology and IT solutions that played a large a role in his life as his better-known innovations in sales & marketing outsourcing. Nearly a decade after in 2002, Mr. Rao started numerous Champions Group Organizations and Champions Educational Trust- dedicated to accelerating funding for education. Through broad range of charitable activities the focus of this Trust is centered on orphan kids and superior computer education.
A decade earlier, He founded the Surapaneni Foundation and QIS Educational institutions that made investments and grants to create QIS Institute of technology, College of Engineering and later expanded to other business college and schools. In 2002, he formalized his previous education oriented by merging the Surapaneni Educational Academy to form the Champions Educational Trust which has continued contributions to improving education. Champions Group of companies are also involved with and donating several hundred computers yearly and helping numerous educational institutions including School, Engineering College & Bachelors Colleges. Now in its 12th year, the Foundation has worked closely with donating computers to more than 100 schools and institutions. Over the past decade, he has supported extensive programs in such areas as physically challenged job creations, assistance to families of children in low income groups, youth programs and worldwide research on online communication techniques enabling a greener world.
Mr. Subhakar Rao was also a founder of SMEI India, a non – profit, sales & marketing think tank in India. He has been instrumental in bringing to India Numerous top Sales and motivational trainers like Brian Tracy, Neil Rackham, Jack Canfield, Barry Trailer, Willis Turner, Lesley Everett, Jeff Hayzlettt, Harry Beckwith, Stephen Covey, Robin Sharma, Ron Kauffman etc
As an Investor and Incubation champion, Mr. Subhakar Rao’s skills are in making organizations more efficient, dynamic and democratic by innovating a wide range of organic growth techniques previously unused by most companies. This financed much of the early growth of IT outsourcing and Marketing outsourcing industries. “Subhakar Rao is a formidable innovator and we’ll all from the Outsourcing Industry will be in his debt for a long time following his footsteps regards setting up Global Business cost effectively. He has set up business models where Organizations can grow significantly without needing onsite presence”
“Mr. Subhakar Rao’s contribution to the explosive economic growth experienced by the Marketing and Technology Outsourcing Industry in the past 20 years is one of the greatest achievements of modern global entrepreneurs.”
His most important work was training and creating numerous Marketing and IT entrepreneurs who launched these ideas for building companies that became engines of marketing outsourcing industry. Based on his initiatives, Subhakar Rao was determined to focus, first, on cash flow rather than reported earnings; and second, to consider human capital part from India and across the world a part of the balance sheet. This was in a decade when Outsourcing was in its nascence stage and it was assumed by those who are biased that Indians are replacing American jobs.
In 1997, the US immigration department charged him with visa paperwork/ reporting violations in a case that continues to engender controversy. He admitted conduct that resulted – during a brief six months period in his 20+ years in Outsourcing world – to plea on a single count of violation. Although such conduct had never before (or since) been prosecuted – a fact rarely mentioned in sensationalized and fabricated visa case reports on the web – he resolved the case without a trial to prevent further impact on his family. After paying $450,000, he resumed his entrepreneurial work and moved base to India to no longer be dependent on crazy visa regulation cases and as he didn’t want to continue expensive and unproductive litigation.
Mr. Subhakar Rao and his team created what is today a major part of the structure of Marketing Technology Outsourcing firms based on their innovations in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. These innovations – now taken for granted and followed by numerous marketing outsourcing outfits – powered job growth for hundreds of thousands in India and are now helping grow firms around the world.
Conscious of obstacles faced by first time entrepreneurs Mr. Subhakar Rao has, in the last few years, invested resources and time to identify young entrepreneurs and incubation opportunities. Mr. Subhakar Rao’s entrepreneurial zeal and major initiatives have won him all round recognition and awards. These include in the category of Digital Freedom for fighting against internet communication censorship, GoGreen Email Marketing initiatives and challenging global visa legislations that stifle digital work freedom.
He graduated from St. Johns High School as topper in the CBSE Exams and a gold medal winner, A summa cum laude graduate of the Loyola College where again he topped the charts, He went on to pursue a B.E in Computer Science at the prestigious BITS, Pilani rated among the Top 5 Engineering institutes in India. He graduated ahead of the rest of his class and was the one chosen by BITS to send to USA for a Internship program. He also has a Masters Degree from Wayne State University, USA. He has received honorary certificates and degrees from business and marketing schools; he teaches frequently about leadership and marketing management issues.
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