By Ravi R. Ponangi
Atlanta, GA: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, in an executive order issued on June 8, has reappointed a long-time Republican Party activist, Narender G. Reddy to the Board of Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) for a five-year term ending in June 2017.
Initially appointed in year 2003 and reappointed in 2007 by former Governor Sonny Perdue to the board of GRTA, Narender Reddy has been serving it for the past nine years. Also, he has been serving on Atlanta Regional Commission’s Environment and Land Use Committee (ELUC) since 2004.
A resident of Metro Atlanta for the past 27 years, Narender Reddy is an investor and broker of commercial real estate for the past 20 years.
Narender Reddy works in commercial real estate, specializing in apartment complexes, shopping centers, motels and speculative land investments. In addition to his political activism, Narender Reddy has served many Indian-American associations in various capacities.
He, along with four partners, opened the federally-chartered Quantum National Bank in Suwanee, Georgia, in 1995, the first Indian-American owned bank in the Southeast. He served on its board as director from 1995 to 2001. He has served as president of the Indian-American Cultural Associa-tion, Atlanta. He is a founding member of the Indian Professionals Network, the Georgia Indian American Chamber of Commerce and the American Telugu Association. He was president of the Indian-American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE Georgia Chapter), an organization dedicated to encourage political activism among Indian-Americans. He is the vice president of the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale, Georgia.
Narender Reddy founded Georgia Indian American Republican Council (GIARC) in 2003 to propagate the ideals of Republican Party among Indian Americans and enroll them as friends of Republican Party.
As chairman of Indian American Forum for Political Education, (Georgia Chapter) since 1995, he has been working tirelessly to get Indian Americans participate in the mainstream political arena by getting involved in the election campaigns and casting their votes.
In the Republican Party, Narender Reddy has been recognized as an important leader at the state and national levels. His friendship with Congressmen and Senators was very useful in his successful lobbying for the passage of the US–India Civil Nuclear Bill in the Congress.