Mr. Dheeraj Gupta (Head- FAI Certification Committee)
Dheeraj Gupta, inceptor Jumboking Foods Private Ltd is a 1974 born, self-made entrepreneur and visionary with a degree in Hotel management and catering technology from IHM Mumbai and a degree in Finance from Symbiosis.
He founded Jumboking in August 2001 and has led the company to profitability with healthy doses of innovation; both in the manner of presenting the product (the first ever wrapped vada pav); to innovations such as cheese grilled, schezwan and butter jumboking.
The most interesting aspect of this growth story is that Dheeraj has made many millionaires on the way to creating Indias most respected indigenous fast food company. His firm belief in franchising and more recently the ‘development agent model’ that he has evolved for outstation markets such as Bengaluru and Aurangabad engage rich local entrepreneurial energy into the brand that is Jumboking.
With a slim product line, a robust supply chain and a powerful brand name, Gupta has what it takes to usher a revolution in the retail space and is well on course to taking the brand national.
An avid runner in personal life, Dheeraj takes part in marathons across the world to keep fit. Deeply spiritual; his ability to work target by target has been the defining factor of his work towards building superbrand Jumboking.
Awards & Recognition
- Mar-07: Award for New Concept in Franchising by FAI
- Mar-07: Award as Innovative Franchisee model by FAI
- 2008: Featured by BBC as Asias most promising business model.
- 2009: Case study by Knowledge@Wharton
- 2010: Invited to be on the jury- ET Retail Awards
- Jan-11: Invitee-Retail Leadership Summit 2011
2011: Voted Top 100 Franchise Opportunities of the year 2011 (The Franchising World)