Businessman with a Flair for Community Service!
Mayor Mark Luttrell proclaimed December 2011 as 1 Universe month for Shelby County!!!
Since January 2012, Sandeep Pednekar has been appointed on the Mayor’s Young Professional
The US based non-profit 1 Universe goes Global!
The first step is the setting of the 1 Universe’ office in London!
Sandeep Pednekar is result-oriented and overcomes obstacles with a positive attitude.
His engineering background bestows him an analytical and logical mind to manage challenging
projects by thinking outside the box. His pursuit of an MBA has also given him the
ability to spot business potentials and to take calculated risks towards success in
With advantage of strong educational and business foundation, passion for success
in diverse ventures and the ability to reach out to people from diverse backgrounds,
nationalities, races, and religions, he has gained phenomenal respect across the board.
Sandeep Pednekar is the host of the popular show 1-Universe aired on WUMR FM 91.7, affectionately called U92FM and streamed lived all over the
world! The show 1-Universe is based on the non-profit 1 Universe that goes beyond mere talks on Diversity and
Inclusion and gets people from all walks of life together under 1-roof to give back
to the community and bring about positive changes in the city, county, state, the
country and in fact the Universe. Hence the name 1 Universe!
Sandeep Pednekar is the CEO of Advent Enterprises, Inc, a firm that deals in Buying
and Selling of Hotels. He is also the Area Manager with COMAC. He is a connoisseur
in Commercial and Residential Real Estate with good knowledge in Mortgages. He has
a career exceeding a decade of accomplishments in the business of construction, hospitality,
and various facets of Commercial and Residential Real Estate. He has a proven record
of trend-setting achievements in business, non-profit, community and social spheres.
Being a CEO and Principal Broker of Advent Enterprises Inc. he has perfected the art
of Business Consulting and prides his expertise in real estate acquisitions. Managing
portfolios for private investors is his forte.
Sandeep is always on the lookout for new deals and market opportunities such as properties
for sale or foreclosure. His skills involve identifying new investors/buyers for investments
by negotiating/bargaining and collaborating details based on generated business, business
forecast, future economic trends and socio-cultural developments. He is efficient
in developing innovative financing techniques to facilitate successful completion
of deals. He is competent in locating sites for new projects based on city and/or
suburban forecasts, competitive assessment and trends based on market research. He
has been the President of Multi Unit Moguls & DASK, a real estate development and
construction firm. In this position, Sandeep worked on all complexities of housing
projects including managing banks and attorney issues including arranging financing
for investors. He orchestrated unique funding mechanism to handle foreclosure issues
and to manage and skillfully handle irate vendors and contractors.
Sandeep has successfully guided potential investors through EPA surveys, city/county
regulations necessary to avoid pitfalls. His expertise also involves analyzing financial
and business potential of an investment and planning economic forecast for clients
based on emerging opportunities for the region. Sandeep has successfully broken glass
ceilings by implementing comprehensive strategies and creating growth opportunities
for business partners, peers and employees. He precisely aligns client objectives
with business goals through planning, development, strategic implementation, and execution
of cost-effective solutions.
Sandeep is equally passionate about change for betterment of society and about creating
opportunities to help people from diverse backgrounds. He has successfully organized
fundraisers for non-profit events and has immense experience in promoting events through
different media outlets. While serving as the City Commissioner with the City of Memphis,
Sandeep has worked with undying perseverance to manage and motivate groups towards
goal- oriented projects. When working as a part of the City Mayor’s Office, City of
Memphis, he has diligently worked with representatives in the state Capitol, including
writing a bill, lobbying and having it signed into a law. Sandeep is a people’s person
with excellent social and inter-personal skills. He is a respected community leader.
He is the Co-Founder and Ex-Chairman of the Greater Memphis Immigrant Task Force.
He has served on the board of several leading and diverse organizations such as Leadership
Germantown Alumni Association, the Germantown Baptist Rehab Hospital, the YMCA and
the Taste of Memphis. He is associated with Leadership Memphis, the Ronald McDonald
House, Habitat for Humanity, Memphis City Schools, Metropolitan Inter Faith Association
and United Housing. He has also been involved in organization of several community
events such a regional beauty pageants and festivals such as the Memphis in May, International
Festival and India fest.
Sandeep has served as City Commissioner, City of Memphis, and Memphis City Beautiful:
It is the oldest government organization in the country that caters to several aspects
of keeping the city clean & beautiful
He has worked with the Mayor’s Office of Multicultural and Religious Affairs (OMRA):
It is the only city government office of its kind that caters to the issues of varies
cultural communities, races and religions.
Helped the office in Organizing festivals of “Community in Love”, “International Fest”
and “Diversity Day” at Memphis City Hall; Worked on Title VI Committee and Public
Relations Committee for the Mayor’s office. He was part in promoting city events through
several media outlets to make a positive impact. Directed people towards free government
Co-Founder and Ex-Chairman, Greater Memphis Immigrant Task Force:
It is a non-profit organization set to compliment the Mayor’s office to address issues
With the GMITF group arranged English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for immigrants,
arranged and coordinated free legal services; guided immigrants to government and
other free services, driver’s permits, etc. Promoted events through all media outlets
and promoted the causes and objectives of the organization. Worked with political
bigwigs as well as City and County officials to implement and celebrate a combined
Diversity day and a Diversity Conference to go beyond mere talk on diversity to promote
REAL Diversity through recreation, food and serious understanding by implementing
inclusion of diversity. At state level helped GMITF group campaign for a bill on legal
adoption and have successfully crusaded to make it into a TN law. This involved getting
several non-profits, for-profits, legal, religious and political leaders on board
to share the morals of the cause and support the efforts towards changing the existing
laws making a paradigm shift.
Board Member, Taste of Memphis: It is a non-Profit organization promoting tourism
and highlighting the variety and assortments of restaurants in the city.
Steering Committee Member and Judge, Memphis In May International Festival: It is
the biggest non-profit organization in North America hosting and honoring the arts,
culture of several countries around the world and promoting bilateral businesses with
Served on the Steering Committee for India and Holland and as a Judge on several panels;
promoted tourism. He has invited celebrities from various fields including arts, cultural
performers from a foreign country, and political bigwigs from Washington D.C. as well
as Hollywood stars to events. Worked with the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce (now
Greater Memphis Chamber) to promote business and exchange commerce between Memphis
and the honored countries.
Community Board Member, Germantown Baptist Rehab Hospital
NCCJ and Diversity Memphis: Part in organizing international festivals and Diversity
Walks to promote racial harmony and tolerance
Helped in organizing International Fests through Germantown Rotary Club
Arranged Volunteer packages/associated with/promoted/participated in the following:
Memphis City Schools: Mentoring Kids through “Our Children Our Future”
Metropolitan Inter Faith Association (MIFA): Meals on Wheels (Delivering Food to the
old and feeble);
Facilitator, Common Grounds: Handling race relations in Shelby County
Habitat for Humanity: Building affordable housing with no interest or profit for low
United Housing: Building Low Income houses through affordable lending. Worked with
Economic Development corporations and promoted housing fairs through various outlets.
Facilitator, Ronald McDonald House: Arranged for groups to volunteer for kids being
treated for cancer at St. Jude. Coordinated fundraising activities for the cause of
this non-profit organization
Leadership Memphis and Leadership Memphis Alumni & Leadership Germantown and Board
of Leadership Germantown Alumni Association
Have successfully inspired business, socio-cultural, religious and political leaders
to get on board with a vision to bring about positive changes in the local neighborhoods,
city, county and state levels. Have got media heavily involved with the causes I am
Economic, Community and Cultural Contributions: President and Trustee, India Association
of Memphis: Served as President while I was a full time student at the University
of Memphis pursuing MBA with major in Management Information Systems (MIS). Invited
the youngest US representative for the very first function and started my stride of
being featured on TV programs and news broadcasts on all channels and print media.
Served the as President twice and Trustee for three years and handled various roles
including editor of newsletter, marketing and introducing innovative ideas for the
non-profit, skillfully handling trustee, committee and membership concerns, financing,
budgeting, logistics and over all administration.
Founder, Chairman & Host, Regional Miss India USA Beauty Pageant: First and only event
of its kind promoting self-confidence and volunteerism through Beauty Pageants in
Five states (TN, MS, AR, KY and AL); successfully promoted event through all media
outlets with political, business, socio-cultural leaders. Sandeep handled logistics,
funding, advertisements, promotion and successful execution of pageants even without
charging entry tickets. He has been offered to conduct beauty pageant nationally.
Board, YMCA: Healthy Kids Campaign; Youth leadership Program; Multicultural achievers
Program; We Build People Campaign; Adopt A School Initiative; Applying for government
and private grants.
Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce: International Business Council; Knowledge Enhancement
National Contribution: Memphis Council for International Visitors
International Contributions: Founder and Chairman: Advent Bureau of International
Civic Contributions: CAAP Inc: (Cocaine and Alcohol Awareness Program Inc) Guiding
addicts to a drug free life;
COMEC (Commission on Missing and Exploited Children);
Women against Domestic Violence: Helping battered women and assisting against domestic
Other Civic Contributions & Community Services: Honoring the heroes of 9/11; Veterans
and Men & women currently in the US services at the Isaac Hayes Jazz Club in Peabody
Place; Promoting varied culture and Heritage from different parts of the world
Public Relations Officer, Arya Samaj
Sandeep’s involvement in business and altruistic endeavors has lead to: Invitation
from the Chief of Recruiting Head Quarter of the US Naval Base and to a US Nuclear
Sub; Invitation from the India Ambassador to US to meet with the Prime Minister of
India on several occasions. Invitation from Memphis Chamber to meet with Ambassadors
from different countries; invitation to attend swearing in ceremony of Governor at
the Capitol; present with Governor while signing predatory lending bills; Inter faith
meetings and seminars; Invited by rotary clubs; Prestigious clubs, etc.