Member Biography

Danny Gaekwad

Title: Owner

Organization: MGM Hotels, LLC

Committee Position: Second Vice Chair

Term: 07/01/2013 to 06/30/2021

Danny Gaekwad is a first-generation American “renaissance entrepreneur” and
community leader based in Ocala, FL. He is the Founder-CEO of NDS USA, an IT
& Cloud Services company, and the Founder of Danny G Management, which
owns and operates various restaurants and hotels. He also owns DG Hospitality,
a hotel and restaurant management consulting company, and Danny Gaekwad
Development & Investments, which oversees his real estate investments.
In a business career spanning nearly three decades, Danny has built over a
dozen small-and medium-sized companies in diverse areas that include
convenience stores, real estate development, hospitality, and information
technology. Over the years, his companies have created thousands of jobs in
Florida and other parts of the United States, contributing hundreds of millions
of dollars to the economy. In 2016, Danny was recognized by then Florida
Governor Rick Scott with the “One Million Jobs” certificate of appreciation for his
contribution “in helping Florida job creators add 1 million jobs between
December 2010 and December 2015.”

In the past three decades, Danny has served in a variety of public, private and
non profit leadership roles including:
• Trustee, University of Central Florida Board of Trustees
• Executive Board Member, Enterprise Florida Board of Directors
• Executive Board Member, VISIT FLORIDA
• Governor, Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
• Chairman, Marion County Visitor and Convention Bureau
• Chairman, Marion County Tourism Development Council
• Vice Chairman, Marion County Planning and Zoning Commissioner
• Florida Governor-elect’s Transition Advisory Committee on the Economy
• National Government Affairs Committee Member, AAHOA

Danny has been recognized at the local, state and national levels on numerous
occasions for his accomplishments in business and community service including:
• Asian American Hotel Owners Association Chairman’s Award. (the largest
trade group of hotel owners in the world)
• Lion of the Year Award
• Leaders Leader Award, Marion County
• Community Service Award, Federation of Indian Seniors Association of North
• Pride of India Award
• Glorious India Chairman’s Award
• Lifetime Achievement Award, Bharat Gaurav
• Ocala person of the Year