K. C. Pandey
Mr. Krishna Chandra Pandey (KC)
Designation: Chairman & Managing Director
The Man behind Superb Minerals India Mr.K.C.Pandey, a true visionary & innovator who’s life journey is an inspiration to many.
Mr.K.C.Pandey (KC) has been thriving consistently to conserve the neglected Natural Crystal Wealth & Creations (Zeolite Minerals) of Mother Earth in Deccan Plateau region of India.
Krishna Chandra Pandey is a visionary who chose to carve his own distinctive path in life.
The journey started in the 1960s when a young boy with ambitious eyes and fire in his belly set out in the world to mark his existence.
KC’s father was a Police Officer, and thus the urge to serve the nation existed in his genes. This ambition was transformed into reality at the age of 17 years (1978) when he was recruited in the prestigious Indian Navy as a direct entry and later trained as a Naval Engineer (Aeronautical).
During his career as an Aeronautical Engineer, KC was posted in the state of Maharashtra (India) very often. His stay in the Deccan Plateau region of this treasure trove of minerals instigated a rare novel hobby in him, and he began to collect Zeolite Minerals (rocks). During his leisure time KC rode down to the nearby quarries to collect and buy rocks in order to quench the desire sparked by his ‘strange hobby’ as it was usually referred to in those days and is even today. As his interest in this hobby developed, he began to travel more extensively around the mineral rich areas of Maharashtra in order to learn more about zeolites.
After retiring from the Indian Navy (in uniform) in 1993, KC took an immensely dicey but life changing decision that defied stereotypes, by choosing to convert his hobby and passion for mineral and rock collection into a living.
Venturing in the business of Minerals and Zeolites in the capacity of an amateur involved undertaking tremendous effort to learn and understand the very low profile market, as the traditional mineral traders of that era kept this profession very secretive in order to restrict new entrants.
After Decades of hard work and dedicated commitment towards his pursuit Superb emerged as the leading exporter of Indian Zeolites in the world. His unique concept and distinctive approach towards the business elevated it to new heights of success. Thanks to his devoted team which now also included his Brother, Maternal Uncle and two Sons, undertook mineral hunting with gusto, his name was now regularly featured amongst the top listed mineral collectors and dealers globally.
During this whole process of growing and expanding Superb, KC made sure the uneducated and unrewarded domestic suppliers of his Zeolite Minerals got the right price and the credit they deserved. Subsequently, being a law abiding citizen KC made sure he kept his practices transparent and paid appropriate taxes and mining royalty to the Government when required.
KC has been awarded nationally & internationally for his efforts & contribution to the mineral industry & society
Many of his Awards & Recognitions includes:
1)“The Pride of India Award” by the Indo-American Friendship Society
2)“The Most Innovative Emerging Entrepreneur” by Power Brand in London
3)The Purv Sainik Award for the remarkable success by a Soldier after services.
4)The Best Museum Award for The Gargoti , Mineral Museum (Nasik) from The Lions Club, Mumbai
KC with Mr.Marc Wilson (Head of Minerals Section, Carnegie Museum of Natural History) at Superb Minerals, Tucson
KC with Hon.Joel Bartsch
KC with Geoffrey Post