Sevatec’s Sonny Kakar named EY entrepreneur national finalist

Meet a Sikh doing some high-tech work for US government. Arvinder “Sonny” Singh Kakar from Sevatech has just been named US national EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Award in the Technology category.

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| Fairfax, US | 20 Dec 2016 Asia Samachar |

Sevatec Founder/Chairman Arvinder “Sonny” Singh Kakar – PHOTO / Washington Business Journal

Arvinder “Sonny” Singh Kakar, the man behind a 14-year old company providing the United States with some high-end technology services for immigration and cybersecurity, emerged as one of the national finalists at the 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award.

Kakar, the Chairman/Founder of Sevatec, Inc, was named one of four finalists for the national EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 Award in the Technology category.

“He has made a tremendous impact on both the industry and the community,” said Y Entrepreneur Of The Year Mid-Atlantic Program Director Dan Kotter in a statement.

In June 2016, Kakar was made eligible for the national award by being awarded the Mid-Atlantic Regional winner of the Entrepreneur Of The Year in the Government Services category.

Every week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) processes thousands of immigrant visa and naturalization petitions, and Sonny Kakar helps the agency operate more efficiently.

As the founder and CEO of Sevatec, a Falls Church, Va.-based high-technology services firm serving markets such as homeland security and law enforcement, Kakar focuses on ways to simplify labor-intensive workflows, such as the I-90 visa process, according to a report by news portal Washington Executive.

In 2003 Kakar launched Sevatec — named after the Punjabi word seva, inspired to serve. Initially, Sevatec assisted the federal government with services like management consulting, strategy and training.

He soon expanded Sevatech into technology services that address immigration, cybersecurity and critical infrastructure. Kakar grew Sevatec organically and profitably by staying competitive with new products and services. The company now employs nearly 350 people.

”If a customer has an issue, we make it our issue,” he says in a quote prepared for the award.

Sevatec providers Agile Development and DevOps, Data Sciences, Cyber Engineering, and Cloud solution for the federal government.

Kakar extends his service philosophy to employees with Sevatec’s Tech Fellows professional development program and to the community with SevaTruck, a nonprofit food truck that provides free meals to homeless children and veterans.

In an interviwe with Washington Executive in September 2016, he was asked what was a turning point or inflection point in your career? His reply: “In January, I made a trip to my native India on a charitable mission to make knee and hip replacements available to those in need. While I was there, I saw socioeconomic conditions in my hometown that made me realize that there was more for me to do. That was when I made the decision to step down from the day-to-day operation of Sevatec and hire a CEO. This allowed me to pursue more social responsibility initiatives, such as SevaTruck, our nonprofit food truck with the goal of combating hunger in our nation’s capital, especially among children and veterans.”

For Kakar, that work with CIS ramped up in April 2014, when Sevatec was awarded a prime contract to support the agency’s Data & Business Intelligence section, the same portal reported in another story.

In addition to customer focus, Kakar ensures that Sevatec focuses on philanthropic efforts. Many of those efforts help dispel misconceptions about immigrants. Kakar, who is a follower of the Sikh faith, the world’s fifth largest religion, originating out of India, supports human rights groups such as Sikh Coalition, Amnesty International, SALDEF and ENSAAF, among other organizations, to create awareness and promote tolerance.

Every week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) processes thousands of immigrant visa and naturalization petitions, and Sonny Kakar helps the agency operate more efficiently. As the founder and CEO of Sevatec, a Falls Church, Va.-based high-technology services firm serving markets such as homeland security and law enforcement, Kakar focuses on ways to simplify labor-intensive workflows, such as the I-90 visa process.

A big focus for Kakar, an immigrant himself, is pinpointing snags in the workflow process. “We’re using some fairly advanced business intelligence to identify bottlenecks based on predictive and historical data analytics techniques,” says Kakar. “CIS brought us in to dig into their data and improve their efficiencies, which will ultimately allow well-intentioned immigrants to come to this country and build a life for themselves.”

For Kakar, that work with CIS ramped up in April 2014, when Sevatec was awarded a prime contract to support the agency’s Data & Business Intelligence section. “

In addition to customer focus, Kakar ensures that Sevatec focuses on philanthropic efforts. Many of those efforts help dispel misconceptions about immigrants. Kakar, who is a follower of the Sikh faith, the world’s fifth largest religion, originating out of India, supports human rights groups such as Sikh Coalition, Amnesty International, SALDEF and ENSAAF, among other organizations, to create awareness and promote tolerance.

The US-leg of the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 National Award gala was held in Palm Springs, California on 19 Nov 2016.

 

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  1. Congratulations to Arvinder “Sonny” Singh Kakar for his success. Now my hope and prayer is that he will use his expertise and knowledge to mentor other Sikhs/Others as part of his DASWAND.
    Sikhs are great individually. Now let people like Arvinder make the Community great as was the objective of DASWAND.
    Gur Fateh

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