A Unique set of Experiences
Suresh Narayanan grew up in an entrepreneurial aerospace environment all his life thanks to the enterprising spirit of his parents. His mother and father came from South India which is where they met and got married. His father was a Concorde aircraft mechanic who immigrated to the United States with entrepreneurial dreams in mind and their mother was an accounting guru with a strong passion for the numbers in business. While working any job available to provide for their three sons, the Narayanan’s were living paycheck to paycheck in Miami, FL where they started their aerospace business which was in business over 25 years.
Suresh’s parents ended up shutting down their business which was not part of the plan and mainly due to 9/11's impacts on the industry. This left Suresh in disarray as he was in his undergraduate studies when this happened. This unfortunate circumstance pushed Suresh to work his way through school and learn from business owners on how to run a business while he worked in one. This life event fueled the chip on his shoulder to do anything it takes to succeed on his own which he still uses to fuel his passion for business.
Suresh received his bachelor’s in Science from Florida State University, as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University with a dual focus on Finance as well as Strategy and Entrepreneurship.
Suresh is a graduate of the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Leadership Dallas Class of 2015 as one of its youngest members and was honored to join the Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 recognizing bold innovators among North Texas business leaders. Suresh is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization “YPO” which is global leadership community of chief executives .
Suresh believes it is fundamental to maintain his big-hearted civic involvements and finds it very rewarding to share his signature “People First” mindset with his community. Suresh is the proud father of two sons, Ace(3) and Remy(1) with his wife Amber.
Suresh joined Aerospace Quality Research and Development MRO, LLC, (“AQRD”), in August of 2012 as a Partner and Vice President of Business Operations and worked his way to President. He worked aggressively and strategically to take AQRD from the start-up phases to a nationally recognized brand, achieving tremendous results in just a few short years.
To put it another way: AQRD eclipsed $20 million in sales from when the company first started. The amazing part of this was that it was done without ever having any debt or outside shareholders in the business which is extremely rare! Suresh even got his pilot’s license during the startup phase just to prove a point that he could learn how to operate an aircraft in a short period of time.
Suresh recently in 2021 stepped away from operating AQRD while remaining as a partner in the business. The reason for this was to pursue his passion for investing and partnering with other businesses to help them grow. Suresh also felt a gap between investors and aviation owners/entrepreneurs and wanted to bridge that gap with his background as an owner/operator as well as being an acquirer.