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FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN

Danny is recognized as a visionary, passionate leader and formidable change agent influencing industry, community and politics.

According to Larry Cretul, a Florida real estate broker, Republican politician, and Florida Speaker of the House of Representatives, "I've watched Danny take struggling things and turn them into successes. Where others run away, he runs forward."

Digvijay “Danny” Gaekwad is a first-generation American entrepreneur and community leader based in Ocala, Florida.

Born in Baroda, a former princely state in western India, as the son of a Judge and grandson of a Colonel in the Indian Army, he graduated in Political Science from the prestigious Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda.

Danny arrived in the United States with his wife Manisha in 1987 to live the American Dream. Three decades later, he is recognized as a visionary, passionate leader and formidable change agent influencing industry, community and politics.

Living the American Dream

Danny began his “American Dream” journey before he left India. While a political science major at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, he announced to his fellow students that he would someday have his picture taken with an American president.

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Life Should Be An Inspiration

Danny understands that supporting the community is of paramount importance and the lifeblood of success. Over the past three decades, he has championed many efforts to improve his hometown of Ocala, the state of Florida, and the United States.

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Renaissance Entrepreneur

Everyone that knows Danny realizes that he thrives on foreseeing the future and serving as a change agent, not only in business, but also in the diverse roles he has filled in his community.

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Recognition

Awards

2018 Person of the Year

Beginning with one convenience store Digvijay "Danny" Gaekwad built a real estate empire.

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NFIA Entrepreneur Award

Indian American Danny Gaekwad is honored and receives Entrepreneur award.

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Life Achievement Award

Bharat Gaurav recognizes unseen heros of India. One of India's most prestigious awards.

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2018 Golden Spoon Award

Sky Fine Dining made the annual list of winners for the 2018 Golden Spoon Awards by Florida Trend Magazine.

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2017 Pride of India Award

Celebrates enterprising spirit and cultural diversity and recognizes role models for the future generations.

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1 Million Jobs Recognition

Awarded the Certificate of Appreciation for helping create 1 million jobs in Florida between 2010 and 2015.

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