Shri Thanedar is an author and entrepreneur. Born in India, Thanedar worked odd jobs to help support his family throughout high school. He came to the United States in 1979 to pursue a doctorate degree at the University of Akron.
In 1991, Thanedar bought Chemir/Polytech Laboratories. By 2005, the company’s totaled revenues were $16 million and it employed 160 people. In 2011, Thanedar sold Chemir and launched his own chemical testing laboratory, Avomeen Analytical Services. In 2016, he sold a majority stake of the business to the private equity firm High Street Capital.
Thanedar was named the EY “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the Central Midwest Region in 1999, 2007 and 2016.