Born in Australia, Akaash Sharma’s first job was working in the warehouse of his family’s food distribution business.
“I learned the ins and outs of the business. I worked for about a year within the warehouse and then started managing all the operations there. After this I moved to the office and within six months took over the full operation of the business from the previous owner,” says Sharma.
In the business for five years, his key ventures would include the growth of the family businesses. “The growth of our distribution business involved an improvement of all our equipment and vehicles and the addition of new equipment and trucks. We moved to a new warehouse almost twice the size which not only included more space but improved working procedures. Other key ventures include the boost of imports under our own brand names. Since then we have established these brands amongst our restaurant and food service clientele and have recently begun supplying these in retail outlets,” he says, and adds that the single most important moment in his career in Australia was accepting the awards for grand champion for Sharma’s Kitchen after 20 years of work.
A different side
I believe: My favourite quote is from the Ramayan. It involves a scene where Ram explains to Laxman that in order to learn something from someone you must sit by the teacher’s feet not by their head.
What I love about Australia: The nice relaxed laid-back culture
What I love about India? The authentic food and culture
Favourite hang out in Melbourne: The beaches
A must-read: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
My advice to entrepreneurs: Stay determined. Success is not achieved by being the smartest entrepreneur or the quickest runner or the strongest labourer—it is achieved by the most determined
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