In a relationship that dates back to 2002, Suresh Iyer has gone from donor to president of Ekal USA. Iyer, who had a chance encounter with founder Shyam Gupta over 15 years ago, began as a volunteer of Ekal and later became chapter president, chairman of the board and now president of Ekal Vidyalaya USA. Ekal`s new president absorbed the importance of education and the spirit of service early in life. The family lacked monetary resources but made up in a mother`s determination to educate all six of her children. As they did well in school, she cleared out the balcony so they could coach other children who were not faring as well for free. These instilled values showed up time and again over the course of his life. After graduating and securing his first paying job at the Indian Space Research Organization as a scientist, the first thing Iyer did was to fund the education of several children who were academically good but couldn`t afford the fees in his school in Bangalore. After brief stints at Air India and Tata Consultancy Services, USA, Iyer started his own company, Infospectrum, in 2002 based out of Southern California. The company provides tracking software for aerospace maintenance as well as real time tracking of transportation assets.