Rtn. P. Gopalakrishnan,
Rotary International District 3000
Rotary Club of Karur Texcity, Tamilnadu, India.
P. Gopalakrishnan, DGND, affectionately called GOPS, is a cool and simple person who practices professionalism by his thoroughness in planning and execution through team work.
Born on 2nd October, 1971, Rtn. P. Gopalakrishnan is a Computer Science Graduate with a flair for textile entrepreneurship and Rotary leadership. He is a first generation entrepreneur who has held many positions in textile export industry.
After graduation he chose to be a textile entrepreneur and rose to be a leading home textile exporter of Karur. He is presently the CEO of Metro Fabrics, Karur, engaged in manufacturing and exporting Home Textile Piece Goods to Europe, America and Asia. Having taken off globally, GOPs could establish a lead among first generation entrepreneurs. Naturally he was invited to membership and subsequent leadership in textile bodies at the local and national levels.
He has held the following positions in his vocation both at the local and national levels most significant of which are: National Chairman, Handloom Export Promotion Council; Managing Committee Member of Federation of Indian Export Organization and also of National Institute of Designing (all under the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India), and Chairman, Confederation of Indian Industries, Karur Chapter.
Joining Rotary on 30th June, 1999, GOPs has completed 15 years of service as a Rotarian and going strong in the 16th year when he has become DGND. He was the President of Rotary Club of Karur Tex city during the centenary year of Rotary, 2004-05. For balanced activities of his Club he received eight awards including Best Club Award. He also received a special award from TRF Chair for promoting contribution to The Rotary Foundation. He was the instrumental in finishing the construction and inaugurating the Rotary Hall for his Club. He also arranged an intercity meeting with Rotary Club of Singapore and has since ensured regular international activities for his Club. He held various positions at the District level from 2005 to 2014. He has been most regular in attending all District events since 2000. At the peak of this Rotary career he has been unanimously elected District Governor of our District for 2017-18.
Having served as Chairman of District Rotary Foundation Seminar, Chairman of District Global Grants Sub Committee, District Rotary Foundation Chairman, and also District Chairman for Annual Programme Fund, he has gained a rich experience in The Rotary Foundation.
Rtn. P. Gopalakrishnan thinks locally and acts globally both in business and Rotary exemplifying Rotary Code of Conduct that a Rotarian is a model citizen by his ethical practices. Born to win he is bound to succeed.
As GSR he started an all women Rotary Club, Karur Angels in 2008 in which his wife Neelvathi joined as a charter member. She led the club as President in 2011-12 carrying out projects in the areas of health and education and thereby winning all the coveted awards at the District level.
Gopalakrishnan and Neelavathi have two sons G. Piranesh and G. Jeyesh, who are at school and raring to go ahead in life. The Gopalakrishnans form a cute little nest of singing birds of the self same Rotary feather.