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Dr. Kailas J. Rao

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Chairman and Chief Executive Offi...

Isle of Dogs Corp
N106 W13131 Bradley Way Suite 200
Germantown, Wisconsin 53022
United States

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Background

Employment History

  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Isle of Dogs Corp
  • Founder, Chairman and President
    Industar Digital PCS
  • Chairman
    University of Wisconsin-Madison School

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • PhD
  • MBA
  • Ph.D. , Business
    University of Oklahoma
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Isle of Dogs - Our Team
www.iodogs.com, 23 April 2014 [cached]
Kailas J. Rao, PhD - Chairman & CEO
In 1981, a time when personal computer systems were in their infancy, Dr. Rao founded Computers Unlimited of Wisconsin, doing business as Computer Bay, to sell personal computers, hard drives, printers, monitors and software to corporate business customers. Over the next eleven years, he developed a franchised network of 350 stores in 44 states and Canada, with annual network revenues of all the stores of over $500 million. Most of the franchises were value-added-resellers (VARS). Computer Bay marketed and distributed for industry leaders such as: IBM, Compaq, Epson, NEC, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and AT&T. He sold the business in 1992.
In 1993, with four partners, Rao established the boutique investment-banking firm GS2. GS2 specialized in asset management, brokerage, mergers and acquisitions, and investment banking for small to medium sized businesses. In 1995, he sold his ownership in GS2, which had grown to more than 60 employees and asset management level of more than $500 million.
Dr. Rao was a founder, Chairman and President of Industar Digital PCS, a digital cellular telecommunications company, established in March 1996. He partnered with Hughes Electronics, division of General Motors (US), Alcatel (France), Uniden (Japan) and Kanamatsu (Japan) with an investment over $135 million. He built wireless infrastructure in Wisconsin and introduced digital wireless technology. He later sold Industar to AT&T Wireless in 2000.
He founded Isle of Dogs in 2006 with his wife Becky to provide the first luxury dog grooming products to pet parents, grooming salons, and retail pet boutiques. Isle of Dogs offers products tailored to various dog skin and coat conditions and colors, just as human shampoos do.
Dr. Rao and his wife have hosted many fund-raising events benefiting charities and the performing arts, in Milwaukee, and provide 28 scholarships in four states for university student. As a member of the fund-raising committee for the Wisconsin Humane Society, Dr. Rao helped raise over ten million dollars for construction of a state-of-the-art facility, which was completed in 1999. The dog adoption wing of the Wisconsin Humane Society is named in honor of the Raos. Dr. Rao serves on various boards of philanthropic organizations as well as businesses, such as Children's hospital, Medical College of Wisconsin, Boy's and Girl's Club, the Public Museum, and was honored as the civic hero of the year in 2011.
In the pet industry Kailas serves on the board of the World Pet Association and also the Petco Foundation board.
His interest in Veterinary Medicine, the Humane Society, pet parenting, and the Raos' own stable of horses and kennel of Brittany show dogs, lead Dr. Rao to the establishment of Isle of Dogs Corp.
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Mrs. Rao has been involved in dog and horse shows since childhood, and currently owns and operates Rao Farms LLC, a horse farm and professional dog kennel, where she raises Appaloosas, Quarter Horses, and Nationally competitive Brittany's.
Chris Abele for County Executive » Newsroom
www.chrisabele.com, 17 Jan 2011 [cached]
Kailas Rao, President of Isle of Dogs
Victoria Advocate
www.thevictoriaadvocate.com [cached]
Becky Rao holds one of her Brittanys on her farm near Richfield, Wis. Rao talked her husband, Kailas, into buying the rights to her favorite dog shampoo and is now trying to market the shampoo, called Isle of Dogs, as a luxury pet brand.
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So her husband, Kailas Rao, bought the rights to her favorite British dog shampoo and launched it as a luxury brand - Isle of Dogs - that he hopes will be someday regarded as the Starbucks of the pet grooming industry.
"We want it to be a billion-dollar company," he said.
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Kailas Rao, a naturalized citizen who came to the United States from India more than 30 years ago as a student, made a fortune with two companies that he started after leaving a teaching post at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
His first venture, a computer store, expanded into a chain of Computer Bay franchise stores.He sold that company in 1992 for $67 million, and later used the proceeds, along with money from investors, to start Industar, a wireless communications business.
Industar was sold to AT&T Wireless in 2000 for $129.6 million, including the assumption of $93.9 million in debt.
Becky Rao, who owns and breeds show-quality Brittany spaniels, persuaded her husband to buy the rights to the dog shampoo at a time when Kailas Rao was looking for a new business endeavor.
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Kailas Rao, president and CEO of Isle of Dogs, holds a bottle of shampoo No. 12, one of the products the company offers.Rao, who attended Sam Houston State University and had a successful career in the technology industry, is now learning the ropes selling the dog products. "I told her to take up golf," he said, laughing, remembering his wife's pitch for him to make the pricey shampoo their new business.
Now, two years later, Kailas Rao finds himself front and center in his slick new $50,000 white-and-black trade show booth at dog shows, talking up the benefits of grooming products made with evening primrose oil and royal jelly.
"It takes 5,000 primrose seeds to make one ounce," he boasts.The Isle of Dogs shampoo, in a package that is marble-spa-bath-worthy, sells for $18 for 250 milliliters, or about 8.5 ounces.
In a world where celebrities carry their pooches to parties as fashion accessories, it appears that Kailas Rao is again in the right place at the right time with this new venture.
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Kailas Rao didn't even like dogs, so the young couple acquired a cat.
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Even with two company launches and a doctorate in business under his belt, Kailas Rao acknowledges that this new venture into the world of packaged goods is a learning experience.But his experience, contacts and financial strength put him in a position to make it work.
After buying the formula in 2005, Kailas Rao began assembling a staff for the new business.He needed to hire an agency to create a brand image and to find a company to make and distribute the product.
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High-end human hair salons are another possibility, Kailas Rao said, reasoning that dog owners would want to buy a premium product for their dogs at the same time they purchase hair care products for themselves.
Again, a Packaged Facts report backs up his thinking.Citing American Animal Hospital Association surveys in 2003 and 2004, the research report says that 94 percent of pet owners believe their pet has human traits, and 67 percent have included their pets in holiday celebrations.
"They sky may be the limit when it comes to consumers' investing in the best pet grooming products available," the Packaged Facts report says.
Big box pet supply chains and mass retailers aren't on the agenda for Isle of Dogs, Kailas Rao said.Instead, he said he hopes to get his brand into high-end retailers who don't ordinarily sell pet supplies: Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale's.
"We're talking to them," Kailas Rao said.
Isle of Dogs: Team Members
www.iodogs.com, 12 Dec 2008 [cached]
Kailas J. Rao, PhD - Chairman & CEO
In 1981, a time when personal computer systems were in their infancy, Rao founded Computers Unlimited of Wisconsin, doing business as Computer Bay, to sell personal computers, hard drives, printers, monitors and software to corporate business customers. Over the next eleven years, he developed a franchised network of 350 stores in 44 states and Canada, with annual network revenues of all the stores of $500 million. Most of the franchises were value-added-resellers (VARS). Computer Bay marketed and distributed for industry leaders such as: IBM, Compaq, Epson, NEC, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft and AT&T. He sold the business in 1992.
In 1993, with four partners, Rao established the boutique investment-banking firm GS2. GS2 specialized in asset management, brokerage, mergers and acquisitions, and investment banking for small to medium sized businesses. In 1995, he sold his ownership in GS2, which had grown to more than 60 employees and asset management level of more than $500 million.
Dr. Rao was a founder, Chairman and President of Industar Digital PCS, a digital cellular telecommunications company, established in March 1996. He partnered with Hughes Electrictronics, division of General Motors (US), Alcatel (France), Uniden (Japan) and Kanamatsu (Japan)with an investment over $100 million. He built wireless infrastructure in Wisconsin and introduced digital technology. He later sold Industar to AT&T Wireless in 2000.
He founded Isle of Dogs in 2005 with his wife Becky to provide the first luxury dog grooming system to pet parents, grooming salons, and retail pet boutiques. Isle of Dogs offers products tailored to various dog skin and coat conditions and colors, just as human shampoos do.
From 1968-1970 Dr. Rao attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville TX, and graduated with his MBA. He earned his Ph.D. in Business with a major in Accounting with minors in Marketing and Finance in 1974 from the University of Oklahoma. He was a Professor from 1974- 1981 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dr. Rao and his wife have hosted many fund-raising events benefiting charities and the performing arts, in Milwaukee, and provide 28 scholarships in four states for university student.
As a member of the fund-raising committee for the Wisconsin Humane Society, Dr. Rao helped raise over ten million dollars for construction of a state-of-the-art facility, which was completed in 1999. The dog adoption wing of the Wisconsin Humane Society is named in honor of the Raos.
Dr. Rao serves on various boards of philanthropic organizations as well as businesses. He currently sits on the board of the Children's Hospital, Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Boys and Girls Club, UWM Business School, and Nova 1 as well as many others.
In 2004, Dr. Rao joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine's fund-raising team as Chairman. Efforts are on-going to raise 100 million dollars for a new school of veterinary medicine.
His interest in Veterinary Medicine, the Humane Society, pet parenting, and the Raos' own stable of horses and kennel of Brittany show dogs, lead Dr. Rao to the establishment of Isle of Dogs Corp.
Kailas J. Rao, PhD - ...
www.iodogs.com, 1 Mar 2007 [cached]
Kailas J. Rao, PhD - Chairman & CEO Previously Dr. Rao was a founder, Chairman and President of Industar Digital PCS, a digital cellular telecommunications provider established in March 1995.Kailas later sold Industar to ATT Wireless in 2000.From April 1993 to July 1996 Kailas was a partner of Glaisner, Schilffarth, Grande & Schnoll, Ltd., the parent of GS2 Securities, Inc., an investment-banking boutique based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.In 1981 Kailas founded Computer Bay, a retail computer company.By 1992 when Kailas sold Computer Bay, they had over 350 computer center franchises and resellers in 44 states and Canada. Kailas has a PhD in accounting from Oklahoma State University.
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