Who we are
GKM Associates, LLC, located in Johns Creek, GA, is a business coaching & consultancy firm that provides advisory services to small and midsize businesses.
Ramesh Barasia, Owner & CEO, is a certified business coach. His focus is to coach business owners/CEOs for them to achieve more money, time and happiness. He advises business owners in making businesses work for them rather than they working for their businesses. He provides personal coaching and consulting to business owners in developing and implementing strategies and game plans.
Ramesh is familiar with the challenges of small and midsize businesses, having started several from scratch – a business division within AT&T; a start-up in Norcross (with funding from AT&T and VCs); and The Alternative Board North Atlanta – a business peer group advisory services firm.
Ramesh has extensive business coaching, consulting and advisory experience. Over the years, he has helped businesses grow, gain market share, increase profitability, and improve cash flow.
Ramesh has lived in Johns Creek for the past twenty years. He is active in SCORE (Part of Small Business Administration), a voluntary organization for small business mentoring and coaching. He has been on the Board of Leadership North Fulton; where he was chairman of Project Committee. He has been a member of Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GNFCC), has been a member of Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and was on the Board of conexx (American Israel Business Connector, previously known as, American Israel Chamber of Commerce).
He is a strategically minded but operationally driven business coach with outstanding accomplishments. His expertise is in sales, marketing, biz dev, strategic planning, business turn-around, and mergers & acquisitions. He has business consulting experience in delivering results in start-up, small, and medium business environments.
Ramesh worked up the corporate ladder at AT&T (NYSE: T) and Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) where he held several leadership positions in sales, marketing, and business development including President of a business division. Afterward, for the next twelve years as CEO, he led successful turnarounds at Comverse Inc. (Nasdaq: CMVT), a mid-size technology business; Radware Inc. (Nasdaq: RDWR), a Data Center Solutions business; and IQMAX, a start-up healthcare business.
Ramesh received Master of Engineering from Cornell University; Doctorate in Management Science from Syracuse University; and Advanced Management from Harvard Business School. He has received four design patents.