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Former Alcatraz Foundation Staff

Shindar, Pankaj

Born: 11/1/1962   Location: Gorakhpur, India

First Appearance: Wardens Chronicles First Edition   

Education: UC-Berkeley, Doctorate in Computer Science, 1980-1986

Work History: Head of Research and Development, DP Courier Communications, LLC, 1986-1990; Vice President of Research and Development, Courier Communications, Inc., 1990-1997; Acting President and CEO, Courier Communications, Inc., 1997-1998; President and CEO, Courier Communications, Inc., 1998-2002. President and Director of Research and Development, Courier Communications, Inc., 2002-Present.

Story: Against his family's wishes, Pankaj attends UC-Berkeley earning a Doctorate in Computer Science in only six years. By the time he graduates, Pankaj and Drake Moorland, a close friend and electrical and mechanical engineering major, hold patents for several new communication switches they have jointly developed.

Pankaj works laying the foundation for their partnership while Drake attends to his sick father.

There is some demand for their patents and the pair only has to find the best way to market their wares. Pankaj and Drake sign patent licensing agreements with the newly established networking company Frisco Systems and the baby Bell, Pacific Communications Group. Thus is born DP Courier Communications, LLC.

Realizing the vast potential for expansion in his homeland and taking advantage of recent loosening of restrictions on foreign investment, Pankaj works with some of his father's business contacts in India to get access to low cost manufacturing assets. Following several years of negotiations with Indian manufacturing concerns a deal is struck and DP Courier enters the manufacturing arena. Soon after the completion of their first Indian manufacturing facility in Gorakhpur, DP Courier Communications, LLC is absorbed by the newly established Courier Communications, Inc. The new corporate structure allows Pankaj to start learning the ins and outs of departmental and company management while still working in the company's research and development department. Pankaj avoids getting involved in the day-to-day company operations as much as he can, preferring to stay in the labs.

The duo soon finds themselves with a multimillion-dollar telecommunications company. Their product is not the top of the line, but is far better than anything else in its price range. Within a few years, the friends never have to worry about personal monetary matters again. Unlike some of the tech boom entrepreneurs, Drake and Pankaj choose a reclusive lifestyle avoiding the public spotlight.

Drake grows bored with the day-to-day drudgery of running a business and after speaking with Pankaj, they decide to take a field trip to India to scout new manufacturing center locations. Drake's mother Theresa joins them on the trip to India.

What started out as an extended business trip turns into several years with Pankaj and Drake staying in India.

On the business front, their fortunes continue to rise as Courier Communications lands a large telecommunications equipment contract with Southwest Communications, another of the baby Bells.

It is their business' growth, which presents them with a minor dilemma. Should they move back to San Francisco or should they continue to run the business from India? Pankaj tells Drake that he would miss his family but would follow Drake if he decided to move back to San Francisco.

After some consideration, Drake decides to leave India and return to San Francisco. Pankaj is true to his word and returns to the United States shortly after Drake.

Drake and Pankaj are a bit overwhelmed by the size to which their small company has grown. Construction is completed on the corporate headquarters building in downtown San Francisco shortly after their return from India. Each has a residential suite adjoining their respective offices constructed during the final build out stages of the construction project.

When Drake suddenly took a previously unannounced sabbatical, Pankaj was pulled from the labs and thrust into acting as the company President and CEO. There was a movement to remove Pankaj from these positions due to his inexperience. The issue was resolved when Armstrong Moorland attended Courier's 1998 shareholders' meeting and voted Drake Moorland's proxy in support of Pankaj as President and CEO.

Pankaj served several years in the role of President and CEO before stepping down as CEO and promoting Marcella Ethridge to the position. Pankaj created and assumed the position of Director of Research and Development. It is a role outside of the regular corporate structure and gives him a lab to hide in when he gets tired of being the company President.

Paranormal Community: Pankaj was acting Chairman of the Alcatraz Foundation when Drake Moorland went on sabbatical. He turned the chairmanship over to Armstrong Moorland at the behest of Drake.

Paranormal Community - Secrets: Pankaj Shindar is the advocate paranormal Marut. He was Mandrake's apprentice and is now one of the leading mystical paranormals in the Bay Area.

Cross References: Courier Communications. Moorland, Armstrong. Moorland, Drake.



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