Meet Satish Gupta, Founder of SB International Inc / Gupta Capital Group and Business Council for the Arts 2021 Obelisk Award Honoree for Arts Philanthropy.

Satish Gupta, 2021 Obelisk Award Honoree for Arts Philanthropy

Over 40 years ago, Mr. Gupta while at University of Dallas as a student, founded SB International, Inc., a company which has now grown as a part of a group companies having group turnover of over $1 billion in revenue, and is one of the largest manufacturers, processors, and distributors of oil and gas pipes in North America.

SB International, Inc. was listed in the Dallas Business Journal as one of the 100 fastest growing private companies in the Dallas Metroplex area for three consecutive years.

Satish gupta, founder of sb international inc / gupta capital group and business council for the arts (bca) 2021 obelisk award honoree for arts philanthropy

In addition to being a very successful businessman, Satish Gupta strongly believes in giving back to the community and has said that this is his passion. He has been a leading philanthropist in Dallas area for more than twenty years. 

Satish Gupta was born in India and completed his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Loyola College in Chennai in 1979.  He came to the United States to complete his MBA, which he earned in 1981 at UD-COB. In 2013, Satish graduated from the esteemed OPM executive education program at Harvard Business School.

Mr. Gupta is a dedicated advocate of promoting and preserving Indian culture in the United States. He is a man of vision and action, organizing and managing the DFW Indian Cultural Society.

Since 2006, Diwali Mela (Festival of Lights) has been DFW ICS’ annual, signature event. It is held at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park and draws 30-40,000 people each year. The festival is a true example of unity in diversity, where people come from far and wide to enjoy and learn about a new culture from a distant land.

Satish and yasmin gupta, satish gupta is the founder of sb international inc / gupta capital group and business council for the arts (bca) 2021 obelisk award honoree for arts philanthropy

His efforts are not limited to those mentioned above as he strongly supports additional arts and cultural events in Dallas. Those include ThinkIndia Foundation, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Symphony, and many more.

In addition to cultural contributions, he founded the Gupta Agarwal Charitable Foundation in 2007 to actively support education, public health, medical research, and cultural awareness.

Recently, he made a major contribution to the Baylor Scott and White Heart hospital in Plano for research purpose as well as an incredibly generous donation to establish a 50,000 sq ft business school at The University of Dallas, The Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business.

Mr. Gupta has received many recognitions for his humanitarian service and leadership. Those include Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leader Award, AACSB’s Influential Leaders Award, US India Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Community Service Award, KERA’s CEO program, and many more. 

Business Council for the Arts is thrilled that ThinkIndia Foundation nominated Mr. Gupta for a 2021 Obelisk Award and cannot wait to honor him alongside the eleven other deserving honorees. 

According to Obelisk Award chairs, Philip and Rebecca Silvestri: “Satish’s brilliance in business is matched by his depth of thought and generosity toward the cultural arts, particularly the arts of India.”

The 2021 obelisk awards presented by business council for the arts (bca)


The Obelisk Award honors businesses, nonprofits, and individuals, for their extraordinary support of arts and culture in North Texas. 

Philip and Rebecca Silvestri, publishers of community-connecting magazine Local Profile, serve as co-chairs of BCA’s 33rd annual Obelisk Awards. 

Presenting sponsors of the 2021 Obelisk Awards are Nancy A. Nasher + David J. Haemisegger.

Collector level sponsors are Capital One and Neiman Marcus Group.

Aficionado level sponsors are American Airlines, The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Atmos Energy, Baker Botts LLP, The Beck Group, Bourland Octave Management, Comerica Bank, Corgan, Fisher & Phillips, Gensler, HALL Group, Haynes and Boone LLP, Holland & Knight LLP, Jackson Walker LLP, Jones Day, Local Profile, Maintenance, Inc., McGrath Family Charitable Fund, NorthPark Center, Oncor, Parkland, PepsiCo, PwC, PZP BizConnect, RealPage, SMU | Meadows School of the Arts, Tolleson Wealth Management, UNT, UT Dallas, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Texas Instruments.

Catalyst level sponsors include the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Jane Nelson Institute for Women’s Leadership – TWU.

Advocate level sponsors includes Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld and Appreciator Sponsors include Albert Outdoor Advertising, Charles W. Eisemann, and Southwest Airlines. The 2021 Obelisk Award Media sponsors are Local Profile and Patron Magazine, and Design sponsor is Banowetz + Co. 

The 2021 obelisk awards presented by business council for the arts (bca)

Recipients of the Obelisk Award receive an original artwork created by Dallas glass artist Polly Gessell, underwritten by the Craig + Kathryn Hall Foundation. J Crawford Construction Systems, LP underwrites the photography. The 2021 Obelisk Awards graphics are a detail of Athor/Laurentia, 2019 by local Dallas artist Zeke Williams, represented by Erin Cluley Gallery. 

Sponsorships, tickets, and donations in recognition of the honorees and BCA programs can be purchased at


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Rebecca Silvestri

Rebecca Silvestri is the vice president of Sales & Marketing. She is also the wife of Philip Silvestri, publisher of Local Profile. In a previous life, Rebecca was a math teacher in London and the...