Founding Partner and Vice President, Tera Networks Inc. in Northville. Kallakuri is responsible for executing strategic planning, improving operational effectiveness, and leading strategic initiatives for the company, including its green initiative and philanthropic efforts. Tera Networks created Tera G, an initiative to help businesses find the “green” in their IT infrastructure. With more than 13 years of IT experience, Kallakuri has a vast knowledge of IT applications and infrastructure, which include technical architecture, design, development, and deployment. His background has helped Tera Networks become one of the fastest growing IT consultancies in the Midwest. As a consultant, he was responsible for the design and implementation of technical projects for multiple companies, including Barclays, Blazent, Freddie Mac, Ford Motor Co., and Meijer. Kallakuri is also a founding partner and vice president of Northville-based DataFactz, a provider of IT services, such as data warehousing and business intelligence, to clients that include Walt Disney, Volkswagen of America, Con-way Freight, Darden Restaurants, Food Lion, Interstate Batteries, and Ryder Systems. Tera Networks recently donated computers to the Children’s Center’s Young Adult Self-Sufficiency Program. Kallakuri received his bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from Bangalore University in India.

WHERE BORN: "India, and I moved to Michigan in 2000."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: "My uncle. He has an IT consulting business in New York and he’s the one I’ve always idolized. I am inspired by him for setting up a business and following his model and strategy."

LAST BOOK READ: "I usually read a lot of magazines related to IT like eWeek keeping myself on the cutting edge of the industry, and online newsletters."

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: "Hard working, committed, and more importantly, always learning something new."

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: "There’s a growing need for technology and technology is becoming more demanding every day. I have a really good perspective that the industry is going to grow much more significantly than what it is today."

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: "My laptop, not only just for work but a lot of it for technology. I can control several apps and functionality from my laptop."

FAVORITE PLACE: "Home with my family."

FAVORITE HOBBIES: "Listening to music, discussing music, collecting music."

FAVORITE FOOD: "Italian at Andiamo."

MY HIDDEN TALENT: "I play a lot of cricket here in Michigan, getting together with my friends. I’m a pretty good player."

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: "As a good businessman with good ethics and morals, with focus and objectives to help small- and medium-sized businesses, and more importantly, help the community; and as a good business owner who’s trying to create opportunities in Michigan."