IRVING, TEXAS, USA   August 2, 2012:      Business and community leaders from throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and beyond gathered August 2nd, 2012 at the Governor’s North Texas  Business Forum at the prestigious Irving Convention Center to recognize some of the Lone Star state’s most successful entrepreneurs.   

Among the business leaders recognized for achievements in building productive companies is, Sri Lankan-born entrepreneur Mr. Susantha Shan Sisilchandra.

Founder and CEO of Ceyhinz Link International, Inc, Mr. Susantha received the “Business Champion of the Year” honor in the program established by Texas State Governor Rick Perry to highlight and make the community aware of the great achievements among growing businesses, and the continuing success of the Texas economy among markets in the United States and globally. 

The award was presented to Mr. Sisilchandra by the Texas workforce Commissioner Mr. Andres Alcantar during a special presentation that included a keynote address by baseball legend and millionaire entrepreneur Nolan Ryan, who is also CEO and President of the Major League Baseball powerhouse Texas Rangers.    award

The Office of the Governor also launched the Business Forum program in 2010 across the state to provide Texas small and medium business owners access to valuable information on workforce development, training grants, expanding markets and other business growth opportunities. Through regional collaboration with hundreds of community, business and educational organizations throughout Texas, the Governor's Business Forums are one more reason Texas is wide open for Business.

"Small to medium businesses are an integral part of the engine that drives Texas jobs and our state economy," Gov. Rick Perry said. "These forums will give business owners essential tools to help their businesses succeed, provide jobs for Texans and strengthen the economies in their communities."

Mr. Susantha is the first native Sri Lankan and the youngest Texas based business  entrepreneur to receive a Texas Business Champion of the Year award. Mr. Susantha is the President and Co-Founder of Ceyhinz Link International, Inc. headquartered in Irving, Texas, the parent company for RIOCOCO and CEYTIPS.    


In 2011, Mr. Susantha received the ‘International Businessman of The Year Award’ from the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, presented to him by Dallas Mayor, Hon. Mike Rawlings.   This 2011 honor is also the first time a young Sri Lankan business Entrepreneur was recognized by the largest American business chamber in the United States.   In 2007, he was also presented “The Exceptional Performance by a Young Professional” Awardaward at the 5th Annual Sri Lanka Foundation Awards Ceremony held in Los Angeles, California.

The continuing growth of RIOCOCO is the source of much of Mr. Susantha’s recognition for success.  His brand RIOCOCO is based on ethical ecological standards, producing RIOCOCO brand organic growing media substrate for greenhouses around the world.  This is made from coconut fibers, material that Mr. Susantha saw potential for in the global horticultural and agricultural businesses.  Today RIOCOCO is recognized as the top coir-based substrate among the top greenhouse growers worldwide, spanning 30 countries including United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom and Japan.

And in 2010, Mr. Susantha introduced the Ceytips Ceylon tea from his country Sri Lanka. Ceytips teas is single-origin, single-leaf tea with variety of flavors and traditional black Ceylon teas, currently enjoyed by customers and discerning tea fans in Texas and many other cities in the USA.

He is an old student of Nalanda College, Colombo Sri Lanka.

Last updated: Saturday, August 4, 2012
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