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Welcome new LAEDC Chair Praful Kulkarni and Vice Chair Chris Martin

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LAEDC welcomes incoming chair Praful Kulkarni and vice chair Chris Martin, and thanks outgoing chair Raul Anaya.

LAEDC Chair Praful Kulkarni of gkkworks


LAEDC Vice Chair Chris Martin of AC Martin

gkkworks’ Praful Kulkarni Starts Term as LAEDC Chair

Chris Martin of AC Martin starts term as LAEDC Vice Chair

LOS ANGELES (July 14, 2015)— The Board of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), a private, non-profit public-benefit organization whose focus is to attract, retain and grow businesses and jobs in the regions of L.A. County, has elected Praful M. Kulkarni, president and chief executive officer of gkkworks, as its next chair for fiscal year 2015, starting July 1, 2015. Mr. Kulkarni succeeds Raul Anaya, Los Angeles Market President for Bank of America.

“I am very excited to welcome Praful Kulkarni as the new Chair of the LAEDC,” stated Bill Allen, LAEDC’s president and chief executive officer. “His leadership and experience in the architecture and construction industry will help further LAEDC’s economic development mission, as we promote a globally competitive, prosperous and growing LA County economy. Praful is uniquely positioned, through his work both in the public and private sector, to lead LAEDC as we build consensus around the goals for the upcoming 2016-2020 LA County Strategic Plan for Economic Development and help more of our residents meet their basic human need for a job.”

Praful founded gkkworks in 1991 to fulfill his dream of establishing a professional services firm with a new paradigm that is rooted in an old and proven master builder approach. The gkkworks philosophy stems from the reality that architecture and construction are inseparable and applying a thorough understanding of each is critical to the success of any project. In this regard, gkkworks is structured to provide customized solutions through a comprehensive and collaborative process, whereby architects and construction professionals work side-by-side to deliver superior building projects. With a specific emphasis on building types that serve the needs of our communities, the firm provides services for education, healthcare, commercial and government facilities.

In addition to being the LAEDC Chair, Praful is an active member of the national board for the Design-Build Institute of America. He is also the proud recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his excellence and success in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to his business, clients, and the communities they serve. Additionally, Praful serves on the Community College Facilities Coalition, the Pepperdine University Emeritus Board of Visitors, and the Indian Institute of Technology Foundation.  Praful studied architecture on a full scholarship at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur. He received a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation to come to the United States, where he obtained a Masters of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He later obtained a Masters of Business Administration from the executive program at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

“The LAEDC has a long tradition of promoting business growth, job creation, and industry innovation,” said Mr. Kulkarni in a statement.  “I am excited to support LAEDC’s mission which at its core improves the health and well-being of our residents and communities.”

The LAEDC also elected Chris Martin, CEO and chairman of AC Martin to be the LAEDC’s vice chair.  Christopher C. Martin is the third generation leader of AC Martin, one of California’s most venerable architecture and design firms. His architectural work has contributed to the economic vitality of downtown Los Angeles, and as a civic leader he has devoted a significant portion of his time to critical issues facing the City and County of Los Angeles. Currently under development is the new Wilshire Grand Redevelopment Project in downtown Los Angeles, where Martin Project Management (MPM) is the Owner’s Development Manager.  As the CEO and President of MPM, Chris is resurrecting the role of Master Architect that Albert C. Martin Jr. and Edward J. Martin played in the creation of the modern downtown skyline.

“One need not look far to see the positive influence of Chris Martin in the Los Angeles region, with some of the most iconic buildings from our history and of our future benefitting from his vision,” stated LAEDC’s  Bill Allen.  “Chris understands economic development and the role of foreign direct investment in job creation and regional vitality.  He will be an essential asset to LAEDC’s mission and we look forward to his role this year, as well as fiscal year 2016 when he will be LAEDC’s chair.”

About the LAEDC      

As the Southern California region’s premier economic development organization, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) provides collaborative and strategic economic development leadership to promote a globally competitive, prosperous and growing L.A. County economy to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and communities and enable those residents to meet their basic human need for a job. We achieve this through objective economic research and analysis, strategic assistance to government and business, and targeted public policy. Our efforts are guided and supported by the expertise and counsel of our business, government and education members and partners. Visit

LAEDC Media Contact:   Lawren Markle / 213-236-4847 / [email protected]


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