Member Biography

Danny Gaekwad

Title: Owner

Organization: MGM Hotels, LLC

Committee Position: Second Vice Chair

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

Digvijay “Danny” Gaekwad is a first-generation American “Renaissance Entrepreneur” and community leader based in Ocala, FL. He is the founder and CEO of NDS USA Information Technology, an IT firm. Danny G Management, which owns and operates restaurants, hotels, car wash, apartments and camp ground and also consults hotel & restaurant companies from inception to operation.

In a business career spanning nearly three decades, Mr. Gaekwad has built over a dozen small-and medium-sized companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars, in diverse fields,such as convenience stores, real estate development, hospitality industry and information technology, among other areas.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, Gov. Rick Scott recognized him 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.”

He has been a member of the board of directors of Enterprise Florida, Inc., a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders, since 2009. He is also an executive board member of VISIT FLORIDA, the official tourism marketing corporation of the state. Other boards that he serves include:

Member of the board of director, Florida Chamber of Commerce, a hundred-year-old trade body that promotes a business friendly climate and jobs creations in the state
Chairman, Marion County Visitor and Convention Bureau
Chairman, Marion County Tourism Development Council
Vice Chairman, Marion County Planning and Zoning Commissioner

Mr. Gaekwad has been recognized at the local, state and national levels for his accomplishments in business, as well as for his community service, a number of times.

He graduated in political science from the prestigious Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Danny has been gifted with the same qualities of vision and broadmindedness that were displayed by his real ancestors as they built the Baroda state into a dynamic center for business and academia.