Sujata literally grew up at GBS Linens. When she was 16 years old, her dad, Pravin Mody, the founder of GBS Linens, gave her the keys to a used Nissan Sentra and said ‘I’ll see you at work on Monday’.
Throughout her teens and years in college, Sujata was given the full GBS Linens tour and got the opportunity to experience every job at GBS Linens. She learned quickly what it took to run a business!
After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of California, Irvine, she decided to join the family business full time. A few years later she decided to go back to school part time to enhance her business knowledge and received her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of California, Irvine in 2000.
Sujata is one of those people who can say she has been with her current employer her whole working life!
The words that she lives by are ones her dad and her mentor, said to her many years ago- ‘Be STRONG. Be strong mentally, physically, spiritually, and financially’. These are the words that guide her day to day and inspire much of what she does. Her love of learning new things, reading personal growth books, working out at her favorite CrossFit gym, and volunteering in the community are all inspired by this goal of developing herself into a strong person.
First and foremost in Sujata’s life is her family. She and her husband, Ashesh, have two amazing kids- Rohan and Janvi, and the sweetest labradoodle, Sidd.
Chief Executive Officer
Ashesh joined GBS Linens in 2006 bringing with him a passion for numbers and documentaries.
Prior to GBS Linens, Ashesh worked in the technology sector for over a decade. He held various product management, marketing, consulting, and engineering positions with well-known firms such as Symantec, Nortel Networks, Deloitte Consulting, and Hewlett-Packard.
One of his early engineering tasks was to identify the root-cause of “drool” in ink-jet printer cartridges from Hewlett-Packard.
He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan which makes him a “nerd” according to his family.
Ashesh loves to tell stories about his home state of Michigan. In fact, he often quotes Henry Ford, a fellow engineer from Michigan: “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t…you’re right”. This quote helps him keep a positive spirit during any challenge that comes along in life.
Ashesh spends much of his free time with his family. He and his wife, Sujata, have two hard-working kids, Rohan and Janvi, and an always hungry puppy named Sidd.
VP of Operations
Todd Farquhar’s career has been defined by his passion for building cross-functional teams that thrive on achieving exceptional results. Bringing team members together in cooperative development of systems that optimize, document and continuously improve processes, has been a principal that Todd has stuck to (think ISO 9000 systems without the bureaucracy).
Todd’s Operations experience includes Hospitality, Industrial, Aerospace, Apparel, Warehousing and Fulfillment. In each of these spaces he has demonstrated the unparalleled results that come from the development of outstanding teams and continually optimized processes.
In his free time, Todd enjoys sharing adventures in the ocean with family and friends on his boat “eFishInSea”.
Director of Sales
Janet Johnson joined GBS Linens in 1999 bringing with her a passion for sales and people. Janet began her GBS career as Account Executive of the San Diego/Riverside area. Her responsibilities grew in 2010 when she was promoted to Senior West Coast Account Executive. In 2012, she became the West Coast Regional Sales Manager where she undertook the management of Northern California, Las Vegas, and Arizona while continuing to handle her own territory. She was recently promoted to Director of Sales.
Prior to working with GBS Linens, Janet spent over 10 years in the fashion industry and 8 years in the cosmetic industry. She worked with high profile companies such as Nike, Union Bay, Mattel, Jantzen, White Stag, Vera Wang, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Madam Mademoiselle, Dillard's, Barney's of NY, Nordstrom, Macy's, Bloomingdales, Yamaha, and Revlon. She was fortunate to travel worldwide and lived in Tokyo, Japan for 2 1/2 years. Growing up in Southern California and the Northwest, spending her summers sailing through the San Juan Islands, Anchorage Alaska and Oahu Hawaii.
Janet spends her free time with her husband, her son, three step children and four grandchildren. You'll find her day dreaming of travel, gardening or visiting with dear friends.
Director of Technology and Reporting
Born from Asian ancestry and raised in Latin America, Mike was completely out of place upon arrival to the United States. Differences in culture, technological advances, and financial status paved a rough road for his family. Circumstances led Mike to believe he was unlucky, so it is no surprise that his favorite quotes deal with luck, such as “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” and “Luck comes from hard work.”
Mike believes in hard work above anything else. Few are blessed with extraordinary talents; the rest of us can hone our crafts through hard work. Technology can and should be used to augment our abilities. We need not fear technology or robotics in taking over our jobs if we continue to hone our crafts and expand our skills. Mike has brought this philosophy to GBS Linens since his first day back in 2004.
Mike’s subtle influence can be found throughout the fabric of the company, but it is GBS Linens at the core of his being. GBS Linens allowed Mike to anchor himself so he could grow as a professional, as a member of the community, and as a family man. Many challenges have come Mike’s way over the years, but with his belief in hard work and preparedness, he now claims to be one of the luckiest people alive.
Senior Ops Manager
More than 40 years’ experience in the textile and garment productions in LA , more than 20 years in the laundry business. Graduated from Bosco Teck, continued with courses at Union Special Company in Germany, Orozio, and Omatex textile machine companies in Italy, Cal State LA and TRSA Laundry Production Management Institute.
In my spare time I am involved with two Armenian charity organizations, KNB and KV. The goals are to rebuild old schools in Armenian villages. The quote that inspires me is: “Each new day is a blessing, let go of all worries and be grateful for all the positive in your life”.
For the past 28 years, Vijay Shastri has been a part of GBS. Prior to GBS, he worked for various family businesses in the retail and hospitality industry as well as accounting firms. Along with being educated in Zambia, specializing in business, accounting, and taxes.
When he is not working he is listening to music, reading spiritual literature, learning something new, or on his path of self-discovery. A quote he lives by, “Each morning we are born again”.
Brand Development Manager
A degree in graphic design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising helps Desiree understand, envision and complete a bride’s unique vision. She has worked with the industry’s top wedding vendors to design trend-setting tabletops and wedding looks that have appeared in wedding and design publications. Her attention to detail and sense of style have helped many industry professionals and couples create beautiful and unique environments. She strives to live by a growth mindset, inspired by the famous quote from Theodore Roosevelt, ‘Man in the Arena’. When she is not working she is either spending time with her family and friends or volunteering at church.
Human Resources Manager
Patty has lead the HR department at GBS Linens since 2013, where she has improved Employee Relations by focusing on coaching and developing employees across the organization; she’s passionate about ensuring employees are successful while at GBS. Nothing makes her feel more rewarded than seeing an employee grow and succeed within the company.
Her career has given her a depth of HR knowledge as she has worked for companies spanning a wide range of industries: facility management (Aramark), real estate (SunCal Companies, MBK Real Estate), and manufacturing (ITT Industries Flojet). Along the way, she’s had the chance to turn coworkers into life-long friends and make some lasting mentor relationships. And although her career has some memorable moments, her proudest achievement was obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Business Management (University of Phoenix) and Certificate of Human Resources (University of California, Irvine) all while working full-time and raising a son. The late nights and countless Red Bulls were all worth it, just to hear her family cheer as she walked in her cap and gown, during the commencement ceremony, to receive her diploma...but she’s glad to have her social life back!
Patty is a self-proclaimed OC Girl but was actually born in Nicaragua. She’s lived in Southern California most of her life and can’t imagine ever living far from the beach. During her free time, you can catch Patty high-fiving her teammates in her weekly bootcamp classes or dancing with friends at local a jazz festival. Lastly, she loves spending time with her family, friends, and visiting her son, daughter-in-law, and their puppy in NYC, and in true Southern California fashion, she is a die-hard USC Trojans Football and Lakers fan. Miss you Kobe!