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Gaurav "G" Patel

At 10 years old, G and his family moved to the Morehead City, North Carolina. Upon his arrival to the United States, G spoke no English. Twenty-one years later, Patel has become a staple name in the Triangle dining scene, owning six top-ranking Triangle restaurants and employing more than 300 people in the area.

His journey as an entrepreneur began when G moved to the Raleigh to pursue a degree in business at North Carolina State University. Through the duration of his education, G directed his attention to the area’s potential for business opportunity and decided to begin the foundation of Eschelon Experiences in Raleigh. Since his business’ conception in 2006, G has grown his company at a staggering rate and has set the standard for the restaurant industry in the Triangle area. His vision for Eschelon is to encompass a business model that focuses on the importance of people.

In addition to his business ventures, the president of Eschelon demonstrates the importance of civic responsibility by working closely with nonprofit groups including the Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities, Raleigh City Farm, Band Together, and Hope for Haiti Foundation.

In 2015, G was presented with a 40 Under 40 Award from the Triangle Business Journal. This award recognizes 40 individuals under the age of 40 who have provided great contributions to their organization and to the community.

Patel’s work endeavors would not be possible without the support of his loving wife, Julie, and their daughter Zara. G also enjoys traveling and mentoring young minds.