Rtn. T.R. VIJAYAKUMAR
Rtn. T.R. Vijaykumar is a Rotarian who stands tall amongst Rotarians, a Rotarian to emulate and a business professional to look up to - A man of few words and a believer in action. A Rotarian with a clear vision and the will and commitment to make his vision reality.Born on October 23th, Rtn. MD. T.R. Vijaykumar is a second generation Rotarian, the illustrious son of an even more Illustrious father – namely Rtn. T.R. Raghavan and his gracious wife Rtn. Yamuna Raghavan.
He grew up in his ancestral village, Peringottukkara and attended the Government School there till his 4th standard. Later he continued his schooling at Model Boys High school, Thrissur till his SSLC and went on to join St.Thomas College, Thrissur for his Pre Degree Course. He went on to graduate in electrical Engineering from the National College of Engineering. Mysore. His father Rtn. T.R. Raghavan joined Rotary as a member of the Rotary Club of Trichur and was the guiding light and inspiration that led to Rtn. T.R. Vijaykumar joining the Rotary Club of Trichur in 1987. His younger son Rtn. Raj Krishnan joined the Rotary Club of Trichur, carrying the Rotary legacy of the family into the third generation
Rotary CareerHe joined the Rotary Club of Trichur in 1987 and rose up through the ranks over the years, culminating in the president-ship of the Rotary Club of Trichur in the Rotary year 1996-97. Always the enterprising Rotarian working to expand Rotary’s footprint, he formed and joined the Rotary Club of Trichur Central along with some Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Trichur and some Rotaractors of the Rotaract Club of Trichur In 1997. Moving up the Rotary ladder in the District, he went on to become Assistant Governor in 2015-16 and a District Director in 2018-19.
A born leader, organizing and chairing District events came naturally to him. Consequently , he chaired several District events and seminars, of which noteworthy are the District assemblies in 2001-02 and in 2020-21. Setting his eye on the international Rotary arena, he attended two international conventions – in 2018 at Toronto and in 2019 at Hamburg and was a member of the Rotary Family Exchange Program to North Carolina in 2015-16.
Ever the committed Rotarian, with a flair for executing large community service projects, he chaired two global grants– “ASHA KIRAN” - A Flood Relief Low Cost Shelter project which Constructed a total of 34 Low Cost Shelters at a cost of 2.10 crores between 2020 And 2022. And “NECTAR OF LIFE – Thrissur” – a Human Milk Bank Project – The first in the State of Kerala at a cost of 23.5 Lakhs. Rotary having always been an integral part of his life, Rtn. T.R. ijaykumar has found it a relatively simple matter to maintain 100% attendance throughout his Rotary career. And of course, he has ensured that the Rotary foundation received the commitment expected from every dedicated Rotarian - He is a Paul Harris Society member, a Second level Major Donor and a Benefactor.
Professional lifeRtn. T.R. Vijaykumar’s father, the illustrious Rtn. T.R. Raghavan, was a pioneering businessman and a business icon of Thrissur, who established the Elite group of companies which now has diversified interests spread over a wide range of businesses ranging from supermarkets, distilleries, packaged foods, flour mills, bakery products, textiles and pharmaceuticals. He cut his teeth in the family business, soon after graduating under the watchful eye of his father. He rapidly earned his father’s confidence which led to more responsibilities being entrusted to him in the family businesses. Rtn. T.R. Vijaykumar now stands at the helm of the Elite group of companies as it’s Chairman and Managing Director.
He holds the following designations in the Elite group of enterprises :
- M.D. Elite Supermarket Pvt Ltd.
- Director – Yamuna Flour Mills Pvt Ltd.
- Director – Elite Tasty Tots Pvt.Ltd.
- Director – Elite Foods Pvt.Ltd
- Managing Partner - Elite distilleries and beverages Co.
- Partner - Vivel Laboratories.
- Partner – Elite saree house.
- Managing Partner - Elite Fabrics
Professional lifeIt is said that professional success attracts multiple responsibilities from society.It is therefore not surprising that Rtn. T.R.Vijaykumar indulges in multiple social, cultural, educational and charitable activities aside from Rotary and his business commitments. He also holds / has held leadership roles in several business community entities in Thrissur. Let us take a brief glance at his other activities aside from Rotary and his businesses.
He is a Past President of Tennis Trust – Thrissur and Past Secretary of the Regency Club, Thrissur. He is also the Chairman – Sree Narayana Old age Home.
Charitable activitiesHe is the Chairman of T.R. Educational & Charitable Trust. which is engaged in educational support, medical support and other charitable activities for deserving persons.
The field of EducationHe has been a Managing committee member of Bharathiya Vidya Bhavan, Thrissur Kendra, since 2002.
Cultural activitiesHe is the Chairman of Navaneetham Cultural Trust – which works towards promoting Indian Cultural Art and Dance.
Business community entitiesHe is the President of the Kerala Distillers and Bottlers Federation and was the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Thrissur for the period 2018-19 & 2019-20 He is also a member of theTrichur Management Association (Affiliated to AIMA).
Personal passionsHis personal passions include walking reading and badminton. Rtn. T.R. Vijaykumar is happily married to Rtne Asha. She has been an Inner wheel Club member for over four decades and is a past president and has always been a staunch pillar of support for Rtn. T.R. Vijaykumar throughout his Rotary career.
His elder son Ravi Krishnan is a Business Graduate from Western Michigan University & a Post Graduate in Business Analytics and Intelligence, from IIM – Bangalore, and a member of Trichur Round Table. He is married to Rtn. Darsana – a member of Rotary E-Club Metrodynamix. They are blessed with a daughter – Avanya. His younger son Rtn Raj Krishnan is a Business graduate from western Michigan university and a Post graduate from the University of Edinburgh. Married to Neha - they are blessed with a son – Aryan.