“Giving back is a critical part of growing—it grounds you and provides a good perspective on life.”
In the Business of Serving
In hopes of providing better opportunities and education, Sri’s parents moved the family to the United States from India when he was 10 years old. They arrived in New Jersey, the place he calls “home.”
His career in the Air Force started upon his high school graduation, in California, when he was awarded the Air Force ROTC scholarship to attend Georgia Tech. Upon graduation from the Aerospace Engineering program, he was selected to attend a Joint Flight Training program with the United States Navy. Sri completed the 18-month program where he was selected to fly the very prestigious F-15E strike fighter jet. Sri was tasked to the Middle East and the Pacific Theatre on multiple deployments.
Sri then transitioned to a new role in the Air Force, serving as an instructor. This position allowed him to teach new aircrew how to fly F-15Es in its myriad missions. In 2012, he married his wife and three years later, they welcomed a beautiful daughter. After 10 years of active duty, and wanting to decrease time away from home, Sri became a full-time reservist. With his new-found “extra time,” he graduated from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and quickly joined the ScottMadden team. “I could not have accomplished any of this without the support of my family, especially my wife who has been a rock star,” he says.
TOP FLYBY: 9/11 Memorial
Although he has many memorable experiences while flying and serving his country, the most pronounced remains flying over the U.S. Open during a September 11th weekend—an event which called him into service. “It was a very emotional experience to fly in an F-15E 1,000 ft. above the Hudson River on that weekend,” he recalls.
What’s Sri up to Today?
Sri remains a Traditional Reservist serving in the Air Force, ready to serve his country. Sri explains, “Wearing a uniform and serving is truly a humbling experience.” When asked what keeps him in the military, he says, “I came for the jet, but stayed for the people. Similarly, with ScottMadden, I came for the consulting, but stayed for the people.”
When he’s not working, Sri enjoys playing tennis, running with his wife, spending time with his daughter, and traveling both by air and under water. Sri has more than 550 scuba dives from the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and the Red Sea. Sri also enjoys partnering with Habitat for Humanity for local volunteer work. He routinely takes part in community work as another outlet to serve. Sri explains, “Giving back is a critical part of growing—it grounds you and provides a good perspective on life.”