Raj Natarajan Jr has 15 years of experience operating across 4 continents and has been responsible for projects in the Real Estate, Hospitality and Information Technology sectors. He has a deep understanding of operations from the frontline to management and brings a solution driven orientation to the scaling of enterprises.
He grew up steeped in the family business of Real Estate Asset Management and Development and could punch out a house by the ages of 10. He currently holds key management positions with family owned companies such as Raj Development Corporation, Mint Homes, Earth Data Solutions, Earth Data Surveying, Earth Data Engineering and is responsible for providing support and guidance for operations and IT.
In addition, he provides operational continuity for all new ventures. In 2005, Raj was tasked with diversifying operations and spearheaded an expansion into India. This was the firms first overseas project and included the acquisition of land, creation of operating infrastructure, and the construction of a multi-unit residential project. As a company committed to “Quality and Integrity without Compromise”, he had to navigate the challenges of operating ethically in a country where majority of the real estate business is done in a corrupt environment marked by bribes and black money. The first project, The Retreat in Coimbatore won 2012-2013 International Property Award as the best multi-unit project in the Asia Pacific region competing with the best projects from 23 countries. His hard won experience of maintaining transparent and ethical business practices while operating in complex varied situations has provided invaluable insight about how to scale globally with integrity.
Additionally, over five years he worked his way up to Vice President of Earth Data Solutions, a firm offering GIS, civil engineering and surveying in Houston, and in the process learned the planning, engineering design and infrastructure development required to develop land. During this time, Raj oversaw the successful implementation of enterprise wide IT systems, to support the development of a GIS platform, that was first licensed and then eventually spun off, and profitably sold.
Currently, Raj is overseeing the development of 36 acres into 250 residential lots and the development of 9 acres into 86 townhome lots in Houston, as well as managing real estate assets in Croatia and India. He is actively developing plans for low to zero carbon building methodologies, as well as models for the construction and financing of affordable housing. Further, he has built a team in India under Vaithianadan Information Solutions that offers BPO, IT support services, and software development to offshore firms.