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Three Indian-Americans in Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40

Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen and Poornima Narayanan Email Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen and Poornima Narayanan
December 2017
Three Indian-Americans in Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40


(Left) Dr. Jyoti Sharma.

The Atlanta Business Chronicle’s annual "40 Under 40" awards features young professionals who have made it to the top of their professions and emerged as community leaders. This year’s awards, held on November 8, 2017 at The Foundry at Puritan Mill featured three outstanding Indian-Americans from the fields of medicine, realty, and digital marketing.

Dr. Jyoti Sharma M.D. (Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine) began her medical training at Emory University School of Medicine. She also trained at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Houston, Texas, and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She has received several honors including a national award for excellence from the American Heart Association. At Piedmont Heart Institute (Buckhead), Dr. Sharma has been at the forefront of establishing the Piedmont Women’s Heart Program to enhance women’s awareness of heart disease, a cause that she is passionate about.




Ashish Arya (left) brings the energy and focused mindset of an entrepreneur to his profession as a digital marketing strategist for some of the world’s best known brands. Currently with Pinterest, this Georgia Tech management graduate has worked with The Coca-Cola Company, developing e-commerce marketing strategies for North America. Earlier, he worked with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, where he was honored with the Starwood Circle of Excellence and the Platinum MARCM Award for Best Integrated Marketing campaign. He is an accomplished speaker, too. Ashish is keen that metro Atlanta continues to remain a thriving business hub of small and medium industries that will attract top talent from the state’s excellent universities.




Karim Shariff (right), a graduate from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, is an entrepreneur with a flair for helping businesses face challenges. In 2000 he founded Dixie Ice Company, a multimillion dollar packaged ice company. In 2011, he was recruited to turn around Solar Universe of San Diego, a startup solar integrator. Karim cofounded his current venture PacificPoint Realty, LLC in 2013, a residential real estate investment and development firm that has built stylish homes, condominiums, and town houses in Midtown, Old 4th Ward, and Reynoldstown. Karim leads the company’s day-to-day operations, overseeing every aspect from finance to asset management, planning, and development. He is equally dedicated to civic engagement and has been closely involved with nonprofits such as Leadership Atlanta, Dad’s Garage Theatre, and Atlanta Public School’s Governance Board.

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Dr. Jyoti Sharma

"Meet Dr. Jyoti Sharma"
Piedmont Healthcare
Published on Jan 20, 2014

Jyoti Sharma, M.D., graduated summa cum laude from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where she earned her undergraduate degree. She continued her education at Emory University School of Medicine and graduated with her medical degree in 2006. She completed her internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, N.Y., where she served as chief medical resident from 2009-2010. Prior to joining Piedmont Heart, Dr. Sharma completed her fellowship in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center, including specialized training at MD Anderson Cancer Center, in Houston, Texas. She received several accolades throughout her training, including a national award for excellence from the American Heart Association's clinical council on Women in Cardiology. Dr. Sharma is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography,nuclear cardiology and vascular interpretation. She is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Sharma enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

"Cancer Treatment and its Link to Heart Disease: What You Need to Know," with Jyoti Sharma, M.D.

"Dr. Jyoti Sharma"

Ashish Arya

Karim Shariff

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