Amit Kachru

From: Jammu, India  Current City: Maple Grove, MN
"You could say that I’m living the American Dream right now. I feel fortunate with what I have."
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When Amit Kachru first arrived in USA in 1993, he didn’t know how to drive a car but he knew he was on the right road. Life has been a series of adventures and travels for Amit – he has lived in various cities in India, Germany, Singapore and the USA, and has many stories to share, ranging from being on a hijacked plane to having a roommate pursuing PhD in Rap Music.

After completing his early education in India, he obtained his high school diploma from the International School of Singapore, as the valedictorian of the class. Amit came to the USA to study electrical engineering at the University of Kentucky. He worked his way through college and transferred to Texas A&M University to complete a degree in finance. In 2012, Amit earned his MBA from University of Minnesota, with the distinction of Carlson Scholar.

While receiving a student visa was an easy process for Amit, obtaining a green card was extremely challenging. At one point, he was told that he had a meager 5% chance of receiving a green card and would have to return to India. Despite these odds, Amit obtained his green card in 2004, with help from lawyers and sponsorship from his employer.

Currently, Amit is a finance leader for the Heart Failure business for Medtronic. In 2009, he was nominated on a special task force to create market development strategies for Medtronic in India. He helped develop the Made-For-India patient financing solution to help people in India access Medtronic therapies.

Amit is a proud Indian American and serves as a Director on the Board for India Association of Minnesota (IAM). He also serves on the Carlson Executive MBA Board of Advisors, and is the treasurer of Edgewater Estates Homeowner Association.

Amit lives in Maple Grove, Minnesota with his wife and daughter. He remains connected with India by travelling back to the country frequently, following cricket and watching Indian movies.

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