By Katie Agness
More than a decade ago, Sijo Vadakkan founded Trinity Group, Inc. as a retail company that quickly evolved into diverse business model focusing on real estate, development, construction, management, trading, travel and media. Early in the company’s history, Vadakkan noticed that there were significant opportunities in the real estate industry.
“I conceptualized the potential and possibilities in real estate in Texas, which led me to start Trinity Texas Realty,” Vadakkan says. “Trinity Texas Realty has won several prestigious awards since its inception, many of which were won primarily based on customer satisfaction, volume of business and exemplary performance in realty.”
Earlier this year, Vadakkan was named one of the Austin Business Journal’s Top Realtors of 2018. In 2017, Vadakkan had more than $102.3 million in residential sales.
“This award is a great honor as I always try to work with honesty, integrity, and diligently to meet and exceed my client’s expectations so that I’m only giving the best to them,” Vadakkan says. “I owe a lot of my success to my clients, who continue to provide business through quality referrals. Because of that, I’m dedicated to providing outstanding client service in order to generate and sustain a viable client base.”
While Vadakkan has been recognized for his real estate success by the ABJ and others, such as the Platinum Top 50 and HBA MAX Awards, Vadakkan has ventured the Trinity Group into a diversified set of businesses. In addition Trinity Texas Realty, which specializes in real estate ventures, Trinity Group has numerous businesses under its umbrella, including Trinity Texas Property Management, Trinity Travel, Flowers TV USA and Trinity Foundation.
When Vadakkan isn’t occupied with his business ventures, he’s focused on social activism and giving back to communities in need. To accomplish this, he established the Trinity Foundation, a non-profit focused on philanthropic activities. “We are focused on our younger generation and their future, and we believe that begins education,” says Vadakkan, who migrated from India to the United States nearly 15 years ago.
Affected by on-going violence and government conflicts, Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, is one of the least developed districts in India. Trinity Foundation has been working steadfast to bring mainstream education to this remote village. “We have had the support of the Diocese of Jagdalpur, who has hoped to establish educational institutions and infrastructure that would better serve the area,” Vadakkan says. “Through his support, we’ve been able to expand the project from a single Kindergarten class to a school enrolling children through Third Grade, enabling them to continue to learn and grow even longer.”
The project, which is slated to be completed in 2030, will cost almost $500,000, with one-fourth raised locally. In addition to the school, the project will feature boarding non-local boys, a rural dispensary and a covenant. Vadakkan also hopes to build a professional educational institution, and has been working to improve the overall well-being of the children.
Trinity Foundation supports a variety of other educational non-profits and philanthropies throughout India; the Salesian Congregation in Ethiopia’s missionary activities to improve educational standards and career achievements of the unprivileged kids; CRY America, a non-profit organization focused on providing equal opportunities to all children; and Thrissur, Kerala, through home building and school enhancements for the underprivileged community. Additionally, Trinity Foundation is involved in many U.S. and local philanthropies, such as the Sankara Eye Foundation, Hindu Charities for America, and many more.
In his spare time, Vadakkan enjoys spending time at home with his family, including his wife, Litty, and two kids, Allen and Ann, and playing badminton with his friends.