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Entrepreneur | Academician | Adviser
Mr. Sunil Shah’s spirit of enterprise took shape in the form of ‘Motivation Engineers’. Established in 1991, this fledgling enterprise created waves in the industry by launching a unique concept of ‘Utility Services Provider’ for the construction industry. ‘Vermiculite’ – a novel product for ‘over deck insulation’ was an instant hit. Today, having completed more than 15 lakh sq. ft of area for overdeck insulation covering big projects to small houses, Motivation Engineers & Infrastructure Pvt Ltd., continues to retain its No. 1 status in the country in that category.
Over the years, he has offered products, services, solutions and consultancy to several leading corporate houses and engineering industries of Gujarat. He has earned a reputation as an authority in the areas of Insulation at construction, Structure re-strengthening and Roof ventilation. In 1993, overwhelmed by the success of Vermiculite, he subsequently brought to Gujarat the non-braking Polycarbonate Sheets from GE Plastics. Here too, owing to his excellent reach and networking with institutional customers, he achieved the highest sales in the first year itself. BAOU – Suraksha Setu – Metropolitan Planning Committee etc.
It said that to bring change one should never be satisfied with the status quo. Only those who think big and think disruptive can herald change. For engineering industries in general and construction industry in particular, ‘Mr. Sunil Shah’ is a name that brings forth a vivid imagery of a specialist engineer. ‘A non-technical technocrat’ as he usually introduces himself, Mr. Sunil Shah lives by this very ideology of disruptive thinking. He firmly believes that thinking differently can make a huge difference. As a seasoned veteran, his rich experience of around 35 years has been a testament to his philosophy.
In 1993, overwhelmed by the success of Vermiculite, he subsequently brought to Gujarat the non-braking Polycarbonate Sheets from GE Plastics. Here too, owing to his excellent reach and networking with institutional customers, he achieved the highest sales in the first year itself.
These success stories in rapid succession were the stepping stones for 2 other relationships with principals such as Rebar System and Chemical Anchor Fasteners from Hilti-&-FISCHER-(MicoBosch) and Hitachi Koki India Ltd. Motivation Engineers was a distributor of Hitachi Koki India Limited for construction tools.
Today, Motivation Engineers & Infrastructure Pvt Ltd. is one of the leading engineering service providers and continues to offer out-of-the-box technology solutions to the industry. His passion for quality has resulted in an ISO 9001: 2008 certification from TUV SUD for Manufacturing, Supply and Installation of MBIENT turbo ventilator which is an unique status in this category of the product, in India. Currently he has forayed in diverse areas Mbientlite Solar day light, Mbientbrite Natural day light, HONEYWELL Air purifier and Home Security.
Prior to setting up MEIPL, Mr. Shah picked up the lessons of business through his ventureAutomation Engineers – which he established in 1981, immediately after his graduation. Starting off as a supplier of process instruments to sugar, textile, power, chemical, fertilizer, cement and pharmaceutical industry, Automation Engineers soon spread its wings. In 1984 it became the authorized agent for engineering giants like Mahindra & Mahindra and L&T Gould for their flow meters as well as test & measuring instruments. In 1986, it started manufacturing data logging systems for Institutional clients such as NDDB, GROFED and GUJCOMASOL. The big break however came in 1987, when Automation Engineers introduced the revolutionary Mist Cooling Systems for the sugar industry. This solution not only revolutionised the industry, it also enabled Automation Engineers to look beyond and think big.
Mr. Sunil Shah is dedicated to AMA. What is remarkable is that this dedication is unconditional. Consequently has been consecutively elected as a member of various committees since 1991 and has held positions of Hon. Joint Secretary and Hon. Secretary in 2001 and 2005 respectively. He has held the position of Chairman of Special Project Committee, responsible for setting up of World Trade Centre and few Special Golden Gujarat projects along with Govt. of Gujarat during 2008-09. He has been the Vice President during 2010-2011, elevating him to play a much more larger and responsible role.
Like a true leader, he has an eye for talent and believes in moulding and nurturing this talent into leadership material. As a result, people who have had the opportunity to work with him have grown into successful entrepreneurs. “The role of a leader is to develop new leaders” – is a tenet he believes and lives by. Nothing excites him more than technology and innovation. It is this passion for understanding technology and delving deeper that drives him in pursuit of innovation and path breaking concepts. An avid reader, he keeps himself abreast of the latest trends and happenings in the industry he works in.
A born leader, Mr. Sunil Shah is passion personified. An active member of the Ahmedabad Management Association since 1983, he has played a key role in the growth of the organization. From developing newsletters or bringing in new members to actively promoting AMA’s activities or sharing his knowledge and insight as a lecturer of the PGDBA course, his contributions to AMA have been invaluable. Prior to his exclusive involvement with AMA, he was Vice President of the prestigious Leo Club, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad.
360 degree with Society
Study at IIM A help him to think things differently, and soon got an opportunity to play a larger role to implement 360 degree formula for the society through his appointment as a Chairman of Revenue committee with Mahanagar Palika of Ahmadabad, by virtue of his being elected as a corporator from Ambawadi as a member of BJP
An Education Hub of Gujarat, Ambawadi, is known for IIM, ATIRA, AMA, Gujarat University, PRL etc. As Revenue committee head, he took an initiative to meet the all Tax department staff twice in a year one to one basis to improve the quality of services for Citizens. For the first time NON TAX REVENUE was focused and few uncharted path discovered and the department has now started activity in this area. First time AMC collected Tax more than target for two straight year. More than 12 lacs citizens were benefited from his initiative – Rented home Tax equivelent to own home Tax.
Sunil believes that it is only at Social Entrepreneurship one can use 360 degree formula effectively and its true spirit.
As Revenue committee head, he took an initiative to meet the all Tax department staff twice in a year one to one basis to improve the quality of services for Citizens.
First time in Gujarat at AMC, the Asset Manager post being created, equivalent to HOD to look after the Non Tax revenue generation for Corporation.
Reinvent the Innovation
Gujarat Innovation Society was set-up in 2011 under direct guidence of visonary leader the then C.M. of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi. GIS is the first and only initiative in the area of innovation. More than 2 lacs citizens has join innovation movement throgh unique self owth for innovation. Just in 8 years more than 100 individuals/corporates/institutes awarded for their innovations. GIS has received support and recognition from Govt. of Gujarat, various Universities, associations, chambers and also from NITI Aayog.
His vision and inspiration become a seed to create Gujarat Innovation Society, to facilitate the culture of INNOVATION amongst MSME and POST Graduate Student of Professional study area. GIS is travelling with a dream that every Gujarati become an Innovator. Today Gujarat is Fastest growing state which compete several Developed Nations in various fields in the same manner through Gujarat Innovation Society, Gujarat will become No. 1 in INNOVATION and Intellectual Property rights area in the world by 2040.
More innovation, at more locations, from more people who focus on more and smaller niches. Together, all new ideas will reinvent the social economy.