Lighting Up a Growing Bond: The Indian American Impact on Business in North Texas and Beyond

Lighting Up a Growing Bond: The Indian American Impact on Business in North Texas and Beyond


Indian American CEO Council: a ‘catalyst for opportunities’

Launched in 2018 by two North Texas business leaders, the Indian American CEO Council aims to facilitate alliances between India and the U.S., acting as a “catalyst for economic and trade opportunities” to drive prosperity while strengthening “Indian American relationships with the communities they serve for future generations.”

Celebrating Indian American Day in Dallas—and seeing India’s colors lighting up downtown for the second year in a row—are just the latest signs that the IACEO’s mission is bearing fruit.

A community that’s ‘making a difference’

“We as a community are making a difference, and it has been recognized,” IACEO Co-Chair Arun Agarwal told Dallas Innovates. 

Agarwal is the Dallas-based CEO of Nextt, America’s largest bedding company. He’s been called the “King of Textiles.” and is also CEO of S2 Resources and Saffaire Investments. He recently launched Expo Bazaar USA, a new tech platform connecting Indian artisans to stores and designers across the U.S. Last month, Agarwal was tapped by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to join the Texas Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors

The lights of downtown Dallas glowed saffron, white, and green on Monday—the hues of India’s tricolor flag. It was a celebration of India’s 75 years of independence. But even more, it’s a beacon that spotlights India’s deep ties with North Texas and the entire U.S. through business, innovation, and shared values of democracy.

Mayor Eric Johnson made it official by declaring August 15th Indian American Day in the city of Dallas. And the Plano-based Indian American CEO Council has released a new study that shows why these ties are so important to North Texas business and the U.S. as a whole.

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