Issue 12 2020

CEO MONTHLY / ISSUE 12 2020 7 Breaking Barriers in Real Estate As far as Mr Upadhya’s leadership goes, it continues to drive the business’s success almost as much as the nature of his work itself. His parents once told him that “If you did nothing wrong, then you have nothing to worry about.” It is this ethos that drives the company culture that Mr Upadhya puts into place at PPGE daily. At the heart of everything that this outstanding CEO oversees is the drive to do what is right for the investors and development partners. Mr Upadhya leads decision making by the question of “What is the right thing for the investors and the partners?” Answering these questions is a crucial part of the company culture, and lead into the core values of trust, transparency, and excellence. Breaking Barriers All this success is not to say that PPGE and Mr Upadhya have not experienced their fair share of challenges over the years. One of the challenges that the firm faced early on in the business was, in Mr Upadhya’s own words, “the look of the team”. A minority-owned firm in a predominantly white male- driven industry was met with uncertainty at first, and some potential investors even went as far as telling Mr Upadhya that his co-founder should not present pitches due to the colour of his skin. Undeterred, Mr Upadhya and Mr Chambers presented together, with their talent and professionalism shining through the lens of bias and prejudice, they earned the investors trust. As PPGE pushes forward with its mission to diversify the colour and gender of money, it will continue to face hurdles of access, but its commitment to each other, its investors, its partners, and the mission enable it to blow through any obstacle that comes its way. It’s about the team Every good leader knows that they are only as good as their excellent team surrounding them. PPGE’s success and the success of Mr Upadhya himself is genuinely due to his team. Mr Upadhya has surrounded himself with diverse and exceptional talent that help to break these barriers. There is no way that the company could grow to be a global private equity firm in such a short time without the team or Mr Upadhya’s excellent leadership. Their hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence is what sets the firm apart. Overcoming Challenges Whilst 2020 was a challenging year for many businesses worldwide, PPGE took the global pause to grow and develop internally. It brought in a business coach that helped the team with leadership and communication development. This internal work has brought the team closer and even more committed to the purpose and future. During this slower period, Mr Upadhya and PPGE also doubled the communication with investors and partners, thereby deepening the relationships. Heading into 2021, the firm has investments in a medical office plaza, office park, and multi-family apartments lined up. Ultimately, the global pandemic of 2020 has impacted so many people. Many have lost family and friends to the pandemic, and global economies have been decimated. One of Mr Upadhya’s favorite quotes is “Within every difficulty lies opportunity” by Albert Einstein. Mr Upadhya continues to strongly believe that there is an opportunity to come in this, and the world can come out of this pandemic in a better place as a global society. Mr Upadhya’s leadership has successfully guided PPGE through one of the most financially difficult times in modern history. Continued success is sure to be on the horizon, or as Mr Upadhya loves to say, “have faith, success is imminent.” Contact Details Company: Platinum Premier Global Equity, LLC Website: