Raj Sr

Raj Natarajan Sr.

Chairman and Founding Partner
Email: raj@xceedventures.com
Raj Natarajan built a 15 single family home property management company into a national asset management company managing over $20 billion of failed real estate portfolio for financial institutions and government entities in the 1980s by creating a major industry disruption. The key ingredient to his success was to strategically position the company in the market, and capture business opportunities by offering free development of detailed asset plans to build long term mutually beneficial partnership relationship with the clients. This was accomplished by developing an efficient and simple logistical process for expansion, empowering his working partners and often resulted in delivering higher net present value to clients than specified in the original asset plans.

Over the last 25 years, Raj built a personal multi-million USD global real estate portfolio without any debt and investor funds, by using the human and capital resources effectively while positioning his projects in a unique market niche with timeless designs, quality construction and superlative customer service.

Raj’s holds an MS in Chemical Engineering and MBA in Finance from the University of Missouri. As an outsider to the real estate industry, he has succeeded by using common sense, always thinking outside the box, and then consulting with real estate experts to create the best possible solutions.

He has a great desire to bring his proven expertise to innovative and scalable companies in the USA, India and New Zealand, as their long-term partner, coach and mentor and empower them to become global organizations.

Professional Experience

2019 - Current
Chairman, Xceed Ventures and Xceed Ventures NZ Ltd

Venture Capital Company partnering with innovative companies with global expansion plans

2019 - Current
Chairman, Xceed Advisory and Xceed Advisory NZ Ltd

Provides management guidance to improve operations, market positioning, restructuring to scale and compete globally for innovative companies.

2019 - Current
Chairman, Xceed BioPharma, Inc.

Focused on discovery, development and commercialization of technology in healthcare.

2014 - Current
Chairman, Mint Museum Tower, Inc.

In the process of obtaining approvals to build a residential condominium tower in Museum District in Houston

2008 - Current
Chairman, Mint Homes International Companies

Taking the Mint Homes concept globally for offering turn around services for the stalled projects due to the current global financial crisis.

2009 - Current
Director, Bankovci, d.o.o., Croatia

Acquired 450 acres of agricultural land in Istria, for promoting agricultural tourism. In negotiations to acquire additional 2000 acres of surrounding land.

2009 - 2018
Director, Mint Traders, LTD, Hong Kong

Coordinates the purchase and clearing of building materials and furniture for global operations from China, Hong Kong and other southeast Asian countries.

2008 - 2018
Director, Mint Homes, KFT., Hungary

In negotiations to acquire historical properties for renovations in Budapest.

2008 - 2018
Director, Istra Mint, d.o.o., Slovenia

In negotiations to acquire resort properties in Portoroz

2008 - 2018
Director, Mentha Istra, d.o.o., Croatia

In negotiations to acquire resort properties in Porec and Island Hvar.

2006 - 2018
CFO, Woodrows Bar & Grill, Inc., Houston, Texas

A successful and well known Sports Bar in the Galleria area

2006 - 2018
CFO, Mardi Gras Grill, Inc., Houston, Texas

A successful and well established Cajun Restaurant in the Heights area.

2006 - Current
Director, Mint Tower Private LTD, India

25,000 SF service apartments in Mysore. Searching 150 acres of land in Mysore for township project.

2006 - 2009
Chairman, Earth Data Solutions, Inc., USA

Provides land surveying, land development, GIS and engineering services to commercial property owners, land developers, government agencies and utility districts in Texas. 2006-2008 Developed a master plan, formation of MUDs and detailed engineering for development and construction of 2,230 acres of Seven Oaks Ranch Development in Pearland, Texas.

2005 - Current
Director, Mint Homes Private LTD, India

Provides design, development, construction, marketing and Property management services to Mint Tower Private LTD, Rufi Investments & Real Estate Private LTD and Vaithi Holdings Private LTD.

2005 - Current
Director, Rufi Investments & Real Estate Pvt LTD, India

136 luxury apartment project, an urban resort, called The Retreat is under construction in Coimbatore This will be a landmark project in Coimbatore.

2005 - Current
Director, Vaithi Holdings Private LTD, India

Has acquired 45 uncompleted villas and apartments in Coimbatore for completion and re-sale. Searching for 300 acres of land for a township development in Coimbatore.

1993 - Current
President, Raj Development Corporation, USA A multi-use land development Company, with focus to develop value oriented neighbourhood enhancing projects.

1993 - 300,000 SF office building in Houston, Texas

1994 - 600,000 SF retail center in Mesa, Arizona

1995 - 450,000 SF office building in Scottsdale, Arizona

1996 - 700,000 SF office park in Houston, Texas

1997 - 118 apartments in Mesa, Arizona

1998 - 234 apartments in Tempe, Arizona

1999 - 38 villa gated residential community in Houston, Texas

1999 - 11 patio home community in Houston, Texas

2000 - 78 residential home community in Houston, Texas

2001 - 143 acre mixed use development in Houston, Texas

2001 - 18 residential lots in Houston, Texas

2002 - 274 unit storage facility in Houston, Texas

2003 - 525 unit Storage & Business Center in Houston, Texas

2004 - 105 residential home community in Houston, Texas

2005 - 12,000 SF Restaurant in Houston, Texas

2005 - 15,000 SF Auto body shop in Houston, Texas

2006 - 128 residential home community in Houston, Texas

2007 - 80,000 SF office/warehouse in Houston, Texas

2008 - 125 gated residential gated community in Houston

2018 - 250 residential lots Klein Orchard Subdivision in Houston

2018 - 40 Unit mid raise condominiums in Houston

2019 - 86 Townhomes in Houston

1992 - Current
Chairman, Mint Homes, Inc., Houston, Texas

1992 - 1997 Built and sold over 120 custom homes in Texas and Arizona with an average price of $800,000

1998 - 2008 Built and sold over 800 homes and 600 apartments in Texas and Arizona

1982 - 2003
President, TIPS In Real Estate, Inc., Houston, Texas
A commercial & residential brokerage and management company with a commitment to professional service.

1982 -1985 Specialized in acquisition and management of residential and commercial real estate for investors and marketed foreclosures for financial institutions

1986 -1996 Developed and implemented detailed market value protection plans, managed and marketed over forty billion dollars worth of residential and commercial properties all over the USA for financial institutions and governmental agencies such as OTC, RTC and FDIC

1997 - 2003 Managed and marketed investment portfolio of Natarajan Family Interests

1976 - 1981
Texas Eastern Corporation, Houston, Texas

1976 - Process engineer

1977 - Engineering Coordinator, Refinery expansion

1978 - Senior Staff in Research & Business Development

1979 - Coal Slurry Pipeline from Wyoming to Texas. Business opportunities in coal, gas and oil in China

1980 - Business Development Manager Commercialization of Zublin directional drilling technology

1981 - Specialty chemical company acquisitions

1974 - 1976
State of Missouri, Department of Natural Resources, Jefferson City, Missouri.

Environmental Engineer. Responsible for approving wastewater treatment plants and disbursement of federal and state funds for new and existing wastewater treatment plants. Major accomplishment was to reach agreements with the small neighbouring cities for regional wastewater treatment facilities.

Community Involvement

Believer in contributing time and 10% of profits to take on difficult challenges in the communities and make it a better place to live.

1993 - Chairman, India Cultural Center, Houston, Texas

1994 - Founder & President, South Asian Chamber of Commerce

1994 - Founding & Steering Committee, Imagine Houston 2020

1995 - Director, Asian American Coalition

1995 - Cofounder of US Asian Business Partnership

1995 - Chairperson, Business Development Committee, Northwest Chamber of Commerce. Houston, Texas

1996 - Chairman, Economic Development, Houston’s Great Northwest

1995 - 2001 Director, Northwest Chamber of Commerce Board

2003 Vice Chair, Strategic Planning, 1960 Area Community Alliance

2004 - Chairman, 1960/Champions Improvement Corporation

2005 - Chairman, Cypress Creek Museum of Fine Arts

1993 - 2009 Underwriter of programs to provide training in construction to 18 to 21 year old youth with felony records in Houston

2006 - 2009 Underwriter of programs to provide sanitation and water services for villages in India

Education

BS, in Chemical Engineering,

University of Madras, India, with honors and awards in 1970.

MS, in Chemical Engineering,

University of Missouri, Columbia, with honors and teaching and research scholarships, in 1974.

MBA, in Finance,

University of Missouri, Columbia, with honors & awards in 1976.

Personal Details

Date of Birth

February 17, 1948.

Birth place

Nagercoil, Tamilnadu, India

Citizen

USA

Indian by Birth, American by Choice and Texan at Heart.
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