Technology Entrepreneur Suresh Kothapalli '91MS
Joins Marist Board of Trustees
Suresh Kothapalli’91MS received the Marist College Distinguished Alumni Medal at the 2009 Graduate and Adult Commencement Ceremony.
Alumnus and technology entrepreneur Suresh Kothapalli ’91MS has been elected to the Marist College Board of Trustees.
“I am honored to join this group of distinguished men and women which has played such a vital role in leading Marist through a sustained period of tremendous growth,” Kothapalli says. “I look forward to working with my new board colleagues and contributing to the continued success of Marist, an institution that has played an important role in my own professional achievements.”
Kothapalli is the CEO of iSpace, the El Segundo, California-based company he founded in 2000 that specializes in information technology solutions and business process services for companies in the health care, entertainment, auto, and financial services industries. The company has been recognized five times by Inc. magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States.
“Suresh exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit and the technological and business acumen that characterize so many successful Marist graduates,” says Board of Trustees Chair Ellen Hancock, a longtime technology industry executive. “We look forward to welcoming him to the board and taking advantage of his great skills and intellect as we continue our work of making Marist one of the best institutions of higher education in the nation.”
Kothapalli earned a master’s in computer science and software development from Marist. He is a recipient of the Marist College Distinguished Alumni Medal, the highest award presented by the College to its graduates. It is given to graduates who exemplify the College’s ideals of excellence in education, the importance of community, and dedication to service. He received it in 2009, when he returned to campus to address the Graduate and Adult Commencement Ceremony.
Kothapalli is one of three brothers—the others are Rajesh Kothapalli ’92MS and Vinod Kottapalli ’94MS—to earn master’s degrees from Marist. Together, the brothers have been generous supporters of the College, most notably through a capital gift toward construction of the Hancock Center, which houses, among other departments and programs, the School of Computer Science and Mathematics.
Prior to founding iSpace, Kothapalli served as vice president and principal of D.P. Specialists, a Los Angeles-based IT services company, which he sold in 1999 to Metro, and also held technology consulting positions with IBM and the New York State Office of Mental Health. He earned his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the Biria Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India.
Through iSpace, Kothapalli supports numerous causes in Southern California and India. These include the Open Door Education Foundation, which works to increase the quality and quantity of college students who study technology; the Westside Center for Independent Living, which serves people with disabilities; STEM Advantage, which mentors, prepares, and inspires young women and underserved communities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math;and the Indian Cross and Round Table, through which iSpace has provided employee volunteers and donations to aid in flood relief and other efforts.