People

Vijay Goradia, Pratham USA Founder and Chairman Emeritus


Vijay Goradia established Pratham USA in Houston in 1999 after an inspirational visit to one of Pratham’s urban literacy programs in Mumbai. He immigrated to America with a vision of developing an international chemical trading company—Vinmar International Ltd. is now a prestigious global company with 25 offices worldwide. Vijay is also founder and chairman of the Vinmar Group, Haverhill Chemicals and Lion Copolymer.

His companies have received numerous recognitions including the E&Y Master Entrepreneur Award and the US Department of Commerce E Export Award.

Vijay serves on the boards of Greater Houston Partnership, The Houston Technology Center, and American India Foundation. He is an advisor to the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston and currently serves on the International Trade Advisory Committee for the US Department of Commerce.

His family foundation has partnered with Sightlife USA to restore eyesight to those suffering from corneal blindness.

Vijay and his wife Marie,  a past president of the Houston chapter, have two children, Sapphira and Kevin.