Sanjay Chandra

Sanjay Chandra

B.S. EE 1987
Principal and Managing Partner, Trinity Private Equity Group

Sanjay Chandra is an entrepreneur, mentor and private equity investor. He serves as a principal and managing partner at Trinity Private Equity Group in Southlake, Texas, a middle-market private equity firm that invests in operating companies in a variety of sectors, and in real estate development in the multi-family, hotel and senior living spaces.

Chandra received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 1987.

After graduating, Chandra spent five years in management consulting with Anderson Consulting, which is now Accenture, and the George Group, where he was exposed to a variety of disciplines related to manufacturing operations, supply chain and inventory management and information systems development. In 1990, he co-founded the furniture company American Leather with fellow Texas Engineering alumnus Bob Duncan (M.S. ME 1987). Chandra spent 16 years at the company as president and chief financial officer, and he remains an investor and board member.

Ten years ago, Chandra decided to take on a new professional challenge when he joined Trinity Private Equity Group as a managing partner and helped transition the company into real estate investing. He also serves on the boards of seven companies and enjoys mentoring entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses.

In addition to serving as a member of the Cockrell School’s Engineering Advisory Board, Chandra also serves as a member of organizations such as the CFA Institute, The Indus Entrepreneur (TIE) and the Boy Scouts of America. In 2005, Chandra was named a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and he was named to the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list.

Chandra and his wife Manisha reside in Westlake, Texas. The couple has three children, Deepak, Shivani and Malini. Deepak is currently finishing his sophomore year as a mechanical engineering student in the Cockrell School.