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Conference Chair: Theo Meyyappan
Master of Ceremonies: Sathu Alagapppan

Day 0 - Friday - Sep 29, 2023 (Check-in desk located outside Common Wealth Ball Room)
03:00 PM - 06:00 PM Check-in for the Conference and obtain Registration packet and Name Tags
07:00 PM onwards Social Hour and Networking Dinner (private group dinners at Aroma & Blue Iguana by topic of interest)

Day 1 - Saturday - Sep 30, 2023 (All sessions will be held in Common Wealth Ball Room)
07:30 AM - 08:30 AM Check-in
08:30 AM - 08:55 AM Lamp lighting ceremony and invocation followed by welcome address - NANBEN President Mark Chockalingam
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote address by Mr.Arun Alagappan, President of Advantage Testing on his entrepreneurial journey and why he chose this path vs a flourishing corporate career.
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM Prosper! Start and Finance your business
  • Product
  • Market Confirmation
  • Pitch to Investors
  • Building a Team
  • Access to Capital from the perspective of founders and investors
  • How can NANBEN help your start-up journey?
Moderator: Palani Palaniappan
Panelists: Ganes Kesari, Ravi Subramaniam, Siva Singaram.
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Business Ventures - Acquiring and Owning Franchises.
Presentation followed by Q&A.

Speaker: Bob Bernotas
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM Networking Lunch.
Entrepreneurship in North America (12:45 PM - 01:10 PM)
Interactive lunch-time presentation by Pichappan Pethachi, Founder and Past President of NANBEN highlighting a few Nagarathar owned Businesses.

01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Prosper! Optimizing your Long-Term Investment Portfolio
  • Current Investing Landscape including Macro trends, economic climate etc
  • Investing in Equities for the long-term. Active investing, alpha, stock selection, Mutual Funds, & ETFs
  • Fixed Income Investing - Opportunities in Bonds, TBills and CDs
Moderator: Mark Chockalingam;
Panelists: Chris Van Horn & Eric Randolph
02:45 PM - 03:00 PM Break
03:00 PM - 03:15 PM Achireum Overview by Dr. Ramesh Narayanan, Bathu Krishnan and Vish Arunachalam - Gold Sponsors
03:15 PM - 04:30 PM Protect! Retirement planning
  • Basics including 401k, Roth conversions, time-varying asset allocations
  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning
  • Leveraged Insurance Policy as a retirement vehicle for business owners
Speakers: Kanna Meyyapan & Eric Randolph
04:30 PM - 04:45 PM Business Opportunities in India for US based Entrepreneurs and Investors by Chocko Valliappa, CEO and Managing Director of Vee Technologies.
04:45 PM - 05:00 PM Break
05:15 PM - 06:15 PM Youth Business Battle Finale
Regional Finalists will present their pitch live to a panel of NANBEN Judges - VCs and Entrepreneurs

Session Lead: Muthiah Subash
06:15 PM - 06:30 PM NSNA Update by NSNA President Nagappan Sekkappan
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM Dinner and NANBEN Recognition of Volunteers
09:00 PM onwards Light Music

Day 2 - Sunday - Oct 01, 2023
08:30 AM – 09:15 AM Morning Keynote Address by Dr. Anand Annamalai
09:25 AM - 11:15 AM Two Break-out Sessions:

Session 1 - Real Estate (09:25 AM – 11:15 AM)
Hands-on Workshop on passive Investing by Mr. Omni Casey
Room: Common Wealth Ball Room

Session 2 - Principles of Investments in Secondary Markets (09:25 AM – 11:00 AM)
Principles of Investments - Investing in Equity, Bonds & Mutual Funds.
Speaker: Ari Strait

Youth Investment Presentations - Winning Strategies and Stock Selection Methods.
Speaker: Winners of Investment Contest (Adithya Ramesh & Arun Ramanathan).

Room: Virginia Suites Potomac/Blue Ridge

Customized Q&A Workshop 1: Cross Border Taxation (10:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
Speaker: Praveen Jain

Room: Virginia Suites - Shenandoah

Customized Q&A Workshop 2: Leveraged Insurance Policy (BLAP) (10:30 AM to 11:30 AM)
Speaker: Kanna Meyyappan

Room: Fairfax Room

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Two Break-out Sessions:

Session 3 – Cross-border taxation and Tax Strategies (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
India & US Tax Implications for Non-Resident Indians

Room: Virginia Suites Potomac/Blue Ridge
Speaker: Praveen Jain

Session 4 – Entrepreneurship Session (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
Serial Entrepreneur's Journey from Idea to Market - Startup, Growth and Expansion through Venture Capital Funding.

Room: Common Wealth Ball Room
Speakers: Ram Radhakrishnan & Subbu Meiyappan

12:45 PM – 02:00 PM Lunch and Farewell
12:45 PM – 01:15 PM Closing Address by Theo Meyyappan, NANBEN Conference Chair.

Let's evoke entrepreneurial traits of our Nagarathar community and facilitate & encourage Nagarathars to become successful entrepreneurs


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