One of the greatest joys to me is to walk in everyday through these doors and see the proud American flag outside KARATS. It’s a reminder and an embodiment of unfettered American values. It is a proclamation of our unalienable rights, irrespective of who we are. It is a reminder that the creed of the founders is well alive everyday and that each morning I attempt to pursue those notions through hard work and embodying these solemn values. It’s by far not a perfect union but it is indeed the best we have.
September 24, 2016. Overland Park, Kansas — Akshay Anand, Karats CEO, discusses volunteering for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the roles that CASA volunteers have to serve. Akshay’s business ‘Karats’ is a premier jewelry and watch retailer in Kansas City. As a successful business owner, Akshay commits himself to serving the community and frequently participates in philanthropic activities.
CASA is an organization whose mission is to empower neglected and abused children with a volunteer’s voice in court by finding a safe and permanent home for every child. It was founded in 1977, after Seattle Superior Court Judge David Soukup conceived the idea of appointing volunteers to voice out the best interests of these children in court. 50 citizens responded after he made a request for volunteers, and this became the start of the CASA movement.
In 1985, Johnson County CASA became a project of the Tenth Judicial District of Kansas and the National Council of Jewish Women. The project’s purpose was to alleviate the overloaded court system by advocating for neglected or abused children in court. The organization started recruiting and training community volunteers to serve the best interests of these children, and this legacy continues in the present.
CASA volunteers serve an important role by monitoring the children’s situation and reporting findings to the court. Every year, CASA volunteers within Wyandotte and Johnson Counties dedicate over 15,000 hours to these children, with each hour focused on the goal of giving every child a chance at happiness as well as the stability that all children need in order to thrive.
CASA volunteers are all specially-trained citizens who have received 30 hours of official training before they are assigned a case. The training program’s curriculum combines in-person and online delivery of information. The training covers five sessions, and each session has about 3 hours of self-guided work that must be completed online before the volunteer attends a 3-hour in-person classroom session. Volunteers are educated on a variety of topics, such as an overview of courtroom procedure from judges, attorneys and social workers, symptoms and effects of neglect and abuse, early childhood development, and cultural diversity.
A CASA volunteer’s main responsibility is to meet with the child or a sibling group regularly to develop a relationship with the child and determine his or her needs. Volunteers also need to meet with other people who have information about the child, such as parents, foster parents, counselors, social workers, and teachers. They need to review all records pertaining to the child, and submit a written report to the judge before each court hearing that has information about the child—helping the judge make a better, more informed decision about the child’s future.
Believing that these children deserve a bright future, Akshay is encouraging citizens to volunteer for CASA and help neglected or abused children find happiness. To learn more about Akshay, visit http://akshayandyanand.tumblr.com/.
About Akshay Anand
Akshay Anand of Karats is a successful business owner. Karats is a premier jewelry and watch retailer in Kansas City and is a 6th generation family business that Akshay inherited from his family. He brings an extensive experience in jewelry buying as well as diamond grading to the business, and has forged various successful partnerships with other businesses using his comprehensive understanding of market factors in the jewelry industry.
8651 West 135th Street
Overland Park, Kansas 66223
2015 was a great year for KARATS in a lot of aspects. Not only we won the Best Of Weddings from The Knot 3 years in a row ( 2014, 2015 and now 2016) we once again became the ONLY Tacori Platinum Partner for 2016 in Kansas. Verragio also renewed our Exclusive Verragio Premiere Boutique Status as its only store in entire Kansas City Metro. As KARATS continued to grow we also added prestigious watch brands such as Tudor, Longines, Luminox and more.
We did also endure some setbacks which included the 2 robberies at KARATS within 60 days. However, those setbacks did not keep us or our loyal customers from making it a great year. It actually has helped us further in implementing some changes, adding new and expanded security systems and close coordination with the great city of Overland Park we live in. It was also amazing to see how much the community cared for us and outpoured their love and support to KARATS and us. Family, friends, vendors and the City came forward to extend the most helping hand we have ever seen. To them we will always be grateful.
Personally, I’m also grateful for the growth and the opportunities we have had to continue growing KARATS. I have always believed in a great saying “The Journey To A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step”. KARATS is indeed a dream. It is larger than life and our American Dream that we have build with love and dedication. There is a fundamental difference between businesses. Those at the helm who see it merely as a business will be complacent but those that treat it like a love and passion will continue to invest in its growth for the greater good. Jim Collins in his book Good To Great said it right “Their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.” As we continue to turn the pages of 2016 I cannot wait to see what is in-store for us. I am looking forward anxiously to what this year brings in many fronts personally and professionally.
Happy New Years and make this year the greatest ever. Our dreams are dreams for all of us to achieve together. Together we move mountains.
Akshay Andy Anand
KARATS ~ Our 6 Generation Dream, A Passion, A Love and foremost Our American Dream.
A great thing about living in Kansas City metro is the wonderful local events that make it fun to attend.
I am looking forward to a busy Fall. In the Jewelry Industry and working at KARATS the privilege of making life long relationships is incomparable.
Hope everyone has a fun work week and look forward to exciting Fall/Winter 2015.
As a 6th generation business I pride my self in long lasting relationships with our customers, vendors and the community I am in involved in. At KARATS we strive hard to make sure every customer walks out with a smile. KARATS jewelers features the largest selection of engagement rings in the area with prestigious and renowned designers such as Tacori, Verragio, A Jaffe, Kirk Kara and many more.
The Anand family and Akshay Anand continue to be involved in the community by being part of the Leawood Rotary Club and many other philanthropic organizations. The Anand family believes in giving back to the community we belong too. Akshay’s involvement with Rotary, American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis, Social Heart, American Heart Association and many more is a result of our commitment to Kansas City.
When you walk into KARATS you will personally meet Akshay Anand and his team of dedicated individuals ready to help you personally with a beautiful jewelry or watch from Karats.
We look forward to welcoming you to KARATS, located on 135 & Antioch in Overland Park, Kansas.
Akshay Anand, KARATS, Overland Park, Kansas
My love for watches is known to those that know me. Today at KARATS we carry the largest and the most prestigious of brands in the watch industry. Breitling, Ball, Longines, RADO, Tissot, Hamilton, Movado, ESQ, Luminox, Michael Kors, Citizen, Skagen, Bulova and Bulova Swiss are just some of the brands we proudly host at KARATS. For a detailed list please visit www.karats.us and you will see all the brands.
As the 6th generation in the business my love and passion to be excellent at what I do is what drives me constantly. Serving fellow Kansas City friends and customers and having our store in Overland Park, Kansas is what gives us a personalized service above everything else.
It would be a pleasure to help you with a great watch and help you personally.
I look forward to seeing you at KARATS
Akshay Andy Anand
Overland Park, KS
As Seth Godin says ~
“One reason people who spend a lot of time thinking about and working on a problem or a craft seem to find breakthroughs more often than everyone else is that they’ve failed more often than everyone else.”
Those who dare to fail greatly can succeed greatly as well. Falling often means you learn more than those that didn’t fall as much. I love to fall, that means I have learned something that I did not know before and I tried more than others did. Falling is a beautiful thing. If Thomas Edison didn’t try every single time he failed imagine where we would be. He failed at least a 1000 times. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied,
I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps. Never Quit!
I leave you with this thought. My strength comes from the words of a great poem by Sir William Earnest Henley called the Invictus. It says :
It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishment the scroll,
I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.
This week the KARATS team was among the finest retailers in the nation that had the privilege to tour Tacori Design Studio. Handcrafted in California, with greatest artisans we saw first hand how Tacori Engagement Rings are crafted. It has been a wonderful experience and we look forward to sharing what we so passionately believe in. Delivering the highest quality jewelry. Proudly made in the US of A under the California Sun.
Better Business Bureau chose KARATS JEWELERS as the only jewelry store to feature there special BBB advertisement. We are grateful for this acknowledgment and support from the Kansas City Community. A short and amazing clip that you will see around town with my smiling face 🙂
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A dream is yet a dream till efforts to move mountains become a reality and that, what was once conceived as a vision, has now become a reality. As one of my favorite quotes “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” by Lao Tzu keeps my diligent efforts everyday to take one step at a time moving forward in a direction where our vision and dreams exist. Today, I, “WE”, proudly introduce the Breitling brand to the Great State of Kansas. A dream that became reality through efforts comprehended by only a few. Conscious sacrifices in pursuing a dream, The American Dream, where anything is possible with the greatest of efforts directed towards a common goal.
Some may wonder, why the Breitling brand took this long and why OUR pursuit towards this exquisite and yet remarkable Swiss watch brand to bring to KARATS. To them, WE say, It is the dream to fly high, to break the status quo, to push through the unchartered territories of space and air where possibilities are limitless. It resonates with OUR vision to achieve greatness at everything we do. Push forward with a goal to be excellent. Breitling is such a brand. Fearless and Roars Excellence. It is a love affair where one just stares into the others eyes without blinking and the hearts feel the warmth. Such is a relation for our endurance for excellence.
While WE cherish this important milestone there are a few that have to be acknowledged. For without them the journey to a thousand miles wouldn’t be possible. I express my thanks to the KARATS Team. Without them I am insignificant. Then I express my gratitude to our wonderful customers and friends for their unwavering support, trust and utmost faith in us. With your love and support we will continue to conquer mountains and what may come our way. We express supreme gratitude to you and humbled that you choose us and honor us with your presence. Then, we honor, our industry friends, designers, manufacturers and supporters. We are all indeed a family. The family that sticks together no matter what may come. We are thankful to you always for being the brick wall we can always lean on. You all continue to guide us, show us the path and share the wisdoms to see KARATS prosper. It is with your humility and compassion we continue to move forward.
I and everyone at KARATS is personally grateful to the Lord in The Heavens. Without your sheer blessings and infinitive wisdom we cannot even begin to be capable to dream the dreams we dream to conquer. All we ask and pray is for the grace and infinite wisdom upon us. We are grateful to our families for letting us expand our wings and fly to whatever heights we wish to go. You all are our biggest cheerleaders and we gain our strength by knowing that you always believe in us.
Last but not least, I personally honor my grandparents, I know the struggles you endured as you grew your business half the way across the world in India and now it stands as one of the oldest and finest. You remained faithful to righteousness and built it on the highest of standards. While I do miss you both everyday, I may live my life the way you did with the highest standards and honoring you by leading the path for excellence at what we so lovingly do.
Filled with gratitude and emotion on this fine evening, living in the greatest of nation, surrounded by simply amazing people that dream big in pursuit of excellence,