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2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award

Ravin Gandhi is founder and CEO of GMM Nonstick Coatings, one of the world’s largest suppliers of nonstick coatings to the 10 billion dollar housewares industry. Its products are found on iconic brands such as Calphalon, KitchenAid, Farberware, George Foreman, Black and Decker, Wilton, Sunbeam, and Pyrex. Each day, over 40 million Americans use GMM Nonstick Coatings in their kitchens. In 2017, GMM was acquired by SDK, a 9 billion dollar Japanese conglomerate, in what was the largest buyout in the history of the nonstick coatings industry.
Ravin is also a venture capital investor. He was the first investor in KeyMe, a manufacturer of robotic kiosks that is revolutionizing the locksmith industry, and he was an early investor in Hester Biosciences, an animal health company that has subsequently gone public. Deals that Ravin has led directly or invested in have raised over 500 million dollars in funding.

Ravin frequently appears on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and Bloomberg to discuss business and politics, and he is a contributing writer for Fortune Magazine and Entrepreneur.

Ravin also has a passion for filmmaking, and wrote, directed, and produced the 2021 thriller film "100 Days to Live." The film was shot over three weeks while he remained CEO of GMM. The film won "Best World Premiere" and "Best First Time Director" at the San Diego International Film Festival, was distributed by Cinedigm, and subsequently acquired by Amazon Prime Video. The film made it into the top ten films on Apple TV, is available in 60 countries, and holds a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

After graduating from Glenbrook South in 1990, Ravin earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the College of Business at the University of Illinois, an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and is a certified public accountant. Ravin serves on the board of Hester Biosciences, City Year Chicago, and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

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2021 Distinguished Alumnus Award