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The Satish & Yasmin Gupta Hall of Fame is celebrated each year with an evening of reconnecting, embracing and reminiscing for the inductees. Each inductee is presented with an award to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to celebrate the many accomplishments of our alumni and supporters. The ceremony is a place for friends, family and colleagues to celebrate the accomplishments of the award recipients.
2021 Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business Hall of Fame Inductees
Ramesh Bhatia, MBA '82
Former President & CEO of ATCO Rubber Products, Fort Worth
Founder of The Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation
In 1978, Ramesh Bhatia, Manager of Special Projects, led the move of ATCO Rubber Products and its 50 employees from Grand Haven, Michigan, to Fort Worth, Texas. While he would call it a calculated risk, the years proved the wisdom of the decision. When he retired as CEO 40 years later, Bhatia was proud of the journey to success. Today, ATCO boasts nearly 1,500 employees and sells products in more than 35 countries. While pursuing his MBA at the University of Dallas, Bhatia learned strategies to develop ATCO’s supply chain management system and rapid response with an overnight delivery network, leading the company to become the largest flexible duct manufacturer in the world.
Ramesh immigrated to New York from India with a degree in mechanical engineering and little money. Surviving on $1 per day, he ultimately found a job in an engineering consulting firm that valued his potential and loyalty. By recognizing his enthusiasm and motivation, the company provided him with project management opportunities in countries around the globe. Shortly after, he was recruited by ATCO.
Today, he and his wife dedicate their time to The Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation, which they founded in 2006 and is dedicated to making an impactful change around the world, funding innovative solutions and programs that enrich communities and serve the common good.