Board Members

Aditi Joshi


Aditi Joshi serves a dual role of  Project and Business Development Manager at WebTek Interactive, a Google Premier Partner based out of  Austin & Salt Lake City. Upon arriving in Austin in 2006, she co-founded Redesigned Marketing which merged with Webtek in 2011. Originally from India, Aditi brings with her experience from being the Channel Program Sales Specialist & Channel Certification Program Manager for the Middle East and North Africa region for Hewlett Packard. Aditi received her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Mumbai, India followed by a MBA in Strategy and Marketing from  the University of Wales, United Kingdom. She is fluent in English and Hindi and also has studied French and Arabic. She believes in equal opportunities and that bringing people together can only make the world a better place, two principles she incorporates in her everyday life.  She is the President of the Austin Chapter of the United Nations Association ( nonprofit arm of the United Nations), and the Secretary for the Asian Asian Community Healthcare Initiative. In 2018, she co-founded the JoshiMiscall Family Foundation to advocate for human & animal rights.

Deepak Burman

Former President

Deepak Burman is president and owner of Progressive Manufacturing Technology, Inc. He has worked in Hi-Tech for more than 25 years, moving to Austin 19 years ago. He is an active Rotarian, serving as president and board member of the Austin University Area Rotary Club, as a board member of both the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce (GAACC) and the Austin Area Manufacturing Association (ARMA), and a charter and board member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE Global). Deepak mentors high school students in math and science, is an Austin Fit marathon training group coach, and has finished 11 full marathons and 23 half marathons.

Issam 'Sam' Bakir


Issam "Sam" Bakir, a Certified Financial Planner, has been president o TNT Financial Services, Inc., since 1989, and president of TNT Asset Management, LLC since 2010.  He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and worked in the Middle East as a consultant in the oil and gas industry.  Returning to Texas, he made a career shift to the financial industry.  Sam co-founded the Austin Associate Society of The Institute of Certified Financial Planners and served as president for three years.  He has been a member of the Round Rock Momentum Club for over ten years, and serves/has served on the board of Goodwill Central Texas, The Greater Round Rock Community Foundation, Texas Asian Foundation, the Rotary Club of Austin - University Area, and the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce.  He is a history buff as well as a world traveler.

David J. Firestein

David J. Firestein proudly holds a decorated career as a U.S. diplomat from 1992–2010, he specialized primarily in U.S.-China relations. Among the honors he garnered during his diplomatic career were the Secretary of State’s Award for Public Outreach (2006) and the Linguist of the Year Award (1997). Toward the end of his State Department career, he served as an elected member of the Board of Governors of the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the union and professional association of the United States Foreign Service; in this capacity, he represented and worked to advance the interests of several thousand State Department constituents. He also served as the elected president of the large community associations of the U.S. embassies in Beijing and Moscow.

Kannan Kaliyur


Kannan Kaliyur has been the CEO of Connecttel, Inc. since 1996.  He has over 30 years of experience in the technology area.  He has founded multiple companies which includes a sports broadcasting company that was acquired in 2018.  He has a M.S degree in Electrical Engineering from UT Austin and an MBA from St. Edwards University.  He serves on the board of the Austin Community College Foundation, Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce and a number of startups.  He has served as the President of TiE Austin.  He enjoys running and hiking and has completed a number of marathons and half marathons and has also hiked the Grand Canyon multiple times.

Nick Barriero

Nick is the Co-Founder of Clay Imports, a web-based company that specializes in the design, production and, direct to consumer, sales of handcrafted tile. He also is the co-founder of The Tile Press, Austin's premier source for professional tile installation. While developing Clay Imports, and seeking out skilled tile artisans, Nick built strong relation with crafters and manufacturers in Mexico, Morocco and Turkey. In addition to sourcing materials internationally, Nick worked with U. S. based designers to revise traditional products, modifying them just enough to appeal to today's consumer. Nick serves on the executive board of Mexic-Arte, the official Mexican American fine arts museum of Texas. Nick's interest in developing relationships between The US and Mexico have led him to chair the Austin-Saltillo Sister Cities Committee, a community led organization that promotes friendly relations and understanding between the citizens of Austin and cities around the world. For both organizations, Nick assists primarily with annual festival planning and fundraising. The Mezcal Moto Rally is an annual event that Nick founded and coordinates. In line with Nick's interest of developing relations between the US and Mexico, MMR is the three-day motorcycle group rally race from Austin, TX to Oaxaca, Mexico. Nick graduated with a bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. Prior to graduating, he studied abroad in Bogazici University and lived in Istanbul, Turkey for one year, where he met his wife, Canan Kaba. Nick and Canan work together on everything. Canan contributed to every accomplishment listed above. As often as possible, Nick likes to ride his bicycle. He finds satisfaction in planning long journeys on his bike, for days, sometimes weeks. Nick has ridden his bicycle across Italy, from Adriatic Sea to Pisa. He has done cross country bicycle tours in Mexico, Spain and Turkey. Nick enjoys drinking beer and visiting breweries. Most notably, Nick organized a group brewery tour that consisted of visiting 22 central Texas breweries in 24 hours, drinking one beer at every brewery. Considering the logistical planning, this is Nick's greatest achievement of 2019. Nick's Mayan Zodiac is the deer.