K2 Badminton Club, LLC is a start-up company. Located in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., K2BC is a state-of-the-art badminton facility which accommodate beginners to competitive players. K2BC is founded by Kamesh Basavaraju and Kendrick Liu, PhD. Hence the two K’s they are friends and badminton enthusiasts to say the least. Their goal is to promote badminton the world over as a sport for everyone.
Kamesh Basavaraju is K2BC’s general manager. He has successfully started and managed two IT companies, a flash lite torch high lumen company, Symmetric Business Solutions, Inc and OMB World, Inc. He is currently the managing director at OMB World, Inc. Kamesh has promoted multiple badminton associations such as the Northeast Badminton Association and Andhra Pradesh & Indian Badminton Association. Kamesh holds a post graduate degree in International Marketing from Osmania University, India.
Kendrick Liu, PhD., started playing badminton competitively for UC Davis. He was the tournament director for at least ten large tournaments with two hundred plus participants. In 1997, he directed the National Collegiate Badminton Tournament in Davis. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering from UC Davis and currently works for the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Carol Ning is a graphic artist based in Toronto, Canada. Before she took the adventure across the Northern border, she worked as a graphic designer and publication associate with Diversity Best Practices, a Washington, DC-based PR firm, for seven years. She likes to work with mixed media such as hand-drawing, water-color, collage, print and digital art. She used to play badminton as a child,but became discouraged with her progress. Too bad there was not a K2BC around for Carol.
William Pegram is adjunct professor in Information Technology at Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale) and at George Mason University. Prior to becoming a teacher, he was a an applied with a number of federal government agencies. He holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology. A former squash and tennis player, he started playing badminton in 1999 at the Pentagon Athletic Club where he has helped run the badminton group.
Aravind Elango is a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group in which he supports Fortune 500 companies in creating strategies and solving management issues. Aravind holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia and a MS in Computer Science from Old Dominion University. Nationally India and the US, Aravind is now content being a badminton fan. He just celebrated his son’s first birthday. He bought a best baby room thermometer for his son.