Originally a Girgaonkar, then a Thanekar and now a Detroitkar (since 2000), Satish has stayed close to his roots, yet has embraced each new experience as an expansion of his Maharashtrian ethos. It is this core ethos that over the years has made him an active organizer and participant in programs celebrating Maharashtrian culture. The Maharashtra Mandal of Detroit (MMD) has provided him a continuing context for his and his family’s cultural interests. He has participated in multiple and diverse cultural events. His organizational and cultural skills were formally recognized by the MMD when in 2015 he was invited to serve an annual term as the President of the Mandal. He has embraced this role with the same level of skill, professionalism and organization that have served him in his 30 years of experience, and that have led him to his current position as Vice-President and Client Partner for Larsen & Toubro Info-Tech. Principally he and his committee has established three fundamental goals for expanding the success of the Mandal over the coming year. These are to (a) expand publicity for the Mandal beyond Metro Detroit to the entire state of Michigan, (b) enhance propagation of and access to Mandal events, and (c) increase member enrollment in the MMD and participation in regular Mandal events. It is the combination of professional zeal and personal passion that will allow Satish to contribute to the success of the BMM in Detroit in 2017.