WWJ Closeup, August 2019

Ashish Rathi
National Sales Manager
Shakti Pumps USA LLC
Longwood, Florida

THE BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED?
Success begets success, so keep doing your best every day.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL SELF?
I wish I could bottle up the energy I have during the day and give it to my family. A lot of times I’m exhausted by the end of the workday and struggle to give quality time to my family.

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?
Travel. Being the national sales manager for Shakti Pumps, I’ve had the opportunity to travel all around the world—36 countries and 48 states in nine years to be precise. All thanks to Shakti Pumps.

BEST GREEN TECHNOLOGY?
Solar pumps. Water is life. Even today there are places which are not connected to grid power and people have to walk as much as 25 miles to get freshwater. We have installed thousands of solar pumps in these areas. Once the pump is running, it puts a smile on faces.

SOLAR PUMPING HAS INCREASED IN USE OVER THE YEARS. THOUGHTS ON ITS FUTURE?
Solar energy is the future. World Bank, International Solar Alliance, and other nongovernmental organizations are funding millions of dollars’ worth of solar pumping projects. Bangladesh has decided to change all its electric- and diesel-driven pumps to solar pumps by 2025. I’m certain that other countries will soon make the shift.

FAVORITE PART OF TALKING WITH ATTENDEES AT GROUNDWATER WEEK OR STATE SHOWS?
Apart from meeting and knowing new people, the positive outlook that they have for a new year related to business always gives me a boost. I always enjoy talking to them about their future plans.