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Ravin Gandhi is founder and CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings, one of the world’s largest suppliers of nonstick coatings to the $10B housewares industry. Its products are found on iconic brands such as Calphalon, KitchenAid, Farberware, George Foreman, Black and Decker, Wilton, Sunbeam, and Pyrex. In 2017, GMM was acquired by SDK, a $9B Japanese conglomerate, in what was the largest buyout in the history of the nonstick coatings industry.
Gandhi is also a venture capital investor. He was the first investor in KeyMe, a manufacturer of robotic kiosks that is revolutionizing the $8B locksmith industry, and was an early investor in Hester Biosciences, an animal health company that has subsequently gone public. Deals that Gandhi has led directly or invested in have raised over $350M in funding.
Gandhi frequently appears on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and Bloomberg to discuss business and politics, and he is a contributing writer for Fortune Magazine.
He earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from the College of Business at the University of Illinois, an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and is a certified public accountant. Gandhi serves on the board of Hester Biosciences, City Year Chicago, and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
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Raymond Chung has spent the majority of his career in the nonstick coatings industry.
Beginning in 1994, Mr. Chung was Founder and President of Multi-Mix Marketing, which was the exclusive distributor and sales agent in Southeast Asia for Coatings and Chemicals Corporation (CCC), a family owned supplier of nonstick coatings. CCC eventually became the sole supplier to most American cookware, bakeware, and electrical appliance manufacturers because of its pioneering use of high quality “non-branded” non-stick coatings.
Mr. Chung grew his sales operation very quickly, and within 4 years was handling almost $10 million of sales for CCC for the local market as well as export business. Mr. Chung built a logistics operation that was able to seamlessly bring in and stock coatings from the USA, and then ship to local Chinese customers as needed. Mr. Chung also hired a large technical service staff that was capable of servicing both large and small customers very quickly.
After CCC was sold to Akzo Nobel, Mr. Chung continued as an independent agent for ANNSC, working with company personnel as they built a facility in Dongguan, China. Mr. Chung’s expertise allowed the company to dominate the rice cooker market, the small electrics market, and was also instrumental in managing USA “specified” sales.
In 2007, Mr. Chung resigned from ANNSC and teamed up to form GMM with Ravin Gandhi, who he had worked with for many years at CCC and Akzo Nobel.
Mr. Chung holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of East Asia.