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Hanu Karlapalem

Hanu Karlapalem
Office: For Mayor, Madison City, Alabama
Party Affiliation:
City: Madison
State: Alabama

Professional Experience: Hanu has been a resident of Madison, Alabama for 16 years. He has over 28 years of work and entrepreneurial experience in business, engineering, information technology, and non-profit organizations. Currently he is the Founder & CEO of Vinhamz, Inc., a small business providing network solution services. He successfully founded and managed three small businesses in air ionization and air purification systems, industrial and commercial lighting, and oil reclamation.

Hanu is no stranger to hard work. He started his career as a shift Engineer in a steel pipe manufacturing plant. He worked as a part time Instructor in Management Information Systems and as an affiliate member of the graduate faculty at the The University of Alabama in Huntsville(UAH). He taught graduate school course in Data Communications and under-graduate Computer Applications in Business course.

Volunteer Service and Community Involvement: Hanu takes a pro-active role in community service. He has volunteered and held leadership positions in non-profit organizations where he provided visionary leadership and affected successful service. Currently he is an Advisory Council Member of Global Ties Alabama (GTA) - formerly International Services Council of Alabama, Inc. (ISC). GTA is a member of Global Ties U.S., which is affiliated to the U.S. Department of State. GTA promotes "Citizen Diplomacy" around the world "one hand shake at a time". Hanu served two consecutive three-year terms as a Board Member of ISC from 2007 to 2013, one as Vice-President. He is considered as a "Citizen Diplomat".

Hanu served two consecutive three-year terms as a Board Member of UAH Alumni Association also from 2009 to 2015.

Since 2008, he has been the Lead of the Alabama Action Center of Child Rights and You America, Inc. (CRY), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, which supports initiatives to create effective grassroots change movements that empower marginalized communities to build sustainable futures for their children.

Beliefs: Hanu believes that every child should have the opportunity to develop to their full potential and realize their dreams regardless of the child's race, faith, color, gender, orientation, wealth, social status, physical or mental ability. He believes in promoting a culture of diplomacy, civility, and non-violence by fostering the values of respect, tolerance, and peace.

Family: Hanu has a large and tight-knit family both here in the United States as well as in India. Hanu and Vidya have been married for 21 years. They have no children, but they devote as much time as possible in supporting the causes that help under-privileged children.

Hanu is the youngest son among 6 siblings. His father was a highly respected leader and humanitarian in Karlapalem, India. He was a High School Principal and Math Teacher, a farmer, and a small business investor in a cotton seed oil factory, a peanut oil factory, and a rice factory. Hanu's family also has a long history of government service as well.

Education: Hanu's father had a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Education. His mother pursued higher education on her own and passed that self-determination on to her highly educated children. Hanu's parents focused on high achievement and education for all of their children, who then passed along this attitude of self-determination to the next generation. Among Hanu's immediate family, there are 12 Master's and Bachelor's Degrees in Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Arts, Commerce, and Management. Hanu's commitment to education is unwavering.

Hanu has a M.S. degree in Management Information Systems from The University of Alabama in Huntsville(UAH) one of the best Universities in the U.S. He has an under-grad B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering (ranked in the Top 10 Best Engineering Colleges in India), currently Delhi Technological University, New Delhi, India.

Vidya received both Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the College of Engineering, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, a Naval and Port city on the east coast of India. She has over 24 years of experience in Software Development and she works for a global company.

Schoolmates, College mates, and Friends: Hanu always believes in the value of "surrounding yourself" by great people, as we are only as good as the company we keep. He takes much pride in the success of his classmates, college mates, and friends who are Business Executives, Diplomats, small business owners, CEOs, leadership coaches, Vice-Presidents of Global Companies, Entrepreneurs, Engineers, General Managers, Medical Professionals, Scientists, Additional Director Generals of Police, Inspector Generals of Police, Professors, Finance Secretaries of State and Federal Government officials in both the U.S. and India.

Hobbies: Music, sports.