Akran Marketing's President and CEO, Raman Agarwal, honoured with the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC)

Top Quote Raman Agarwal, CEO of Akran Marketing, was honoured with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at The ICCC Annual Gala and Awards Night on June 11, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 16, 2011 - Each year the ICCC recognizes and honours the outstanding achievements of Indo-Canadians. An Advisory Board made up of regional business, academic and community leaders selects the Entrepreneur of the Year. The award recognizes individuals who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, business performance and personal commitment to their companies and communities.

    From the outset, Raman Agarwal's value-based leadership, conviction, passion, and drive have provided the impetus behind Akran Marketing transitioning into an industrial strength corporation. Key to Akran's success is its ability to increase efficiencies to satisfy traditional demand and to use innovation to deliver value that goes beyond cost savings to create new markets and satisfy new demand.

    "Innovation and responsiveness is what an entrepreneur is all about," Agarwal points out. "Akran demonstrates the importance of quick turnaround, exceptional quality, and in parallel with that, outstanding customer service. Our customers realize that we deliver on expectations and can give them all the promotional product branding capabilities they need now and in the future - and all within their budget."

    Agarwal's personal philosophy is to "Do good for the sake of it, out of altruism." "Measure your success, not by profits, but by the satisfaction you bring to your clients, employees, family and community," says Agarwal. He is a proponent of the view that companies need to bring value to the world by contributing to the communities in which they operate and by protecting the environment for future generations. This philosophy was formalized in establishing the Akran Foundation.

    The advice of Akran's CEO to new entrepreneurs: "Do what you do best. Do it with unyielding drive, passion and conviction, and do it better than anyone else in the world."


    Akran is an award-winning market leader in branding corporate logos on products. The company delivers innovative branding solutions including product sourcing and custom manufacturing, logo imprinting, etching and embroidery. With a North American network for sales and support, it specializes in sales promotion, premium incentive, employee award, corporate gift, trade show and specialty advertising solutions to enable the success of our clients in today's global economy.

    Akran offers all-in-one and modular outsourcing services, including marketing consulting, warehousing/distribution centre services, contact centre support, order fulfillment and eBusiness/eCommerce services. The company powers some of the most successful branding campaigns for fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and the education, industrial, retail and public sectors.

    David Wendt
    Executive Director, Marketing & Communications
    Akran Marketing
    12-2000 Thurston Drive
    Ottawa, ON K1G 4K7

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