From Gas Station Attendant to CEO
I left Iran following the revolution and emigrated to America at 17 years old. I left my loving family and a comfortable upper-middle-class lifestyle behind and became a gas station attendant in the United States.
But I was determined to change my circumstances. My vision was to run an organization like GM someday.
So, I got to work.
I earned a scholarship to attend California Polytechnic and graduated with a BS in Accounting (while still working full time as a gas station attendant).
Taking a Risk
It also provided me with the flexibility I wanted so I could be an involved mother to my children: I wanted to be a mother who happened to work.
Without that leap, I wouldn’t have a deep understanding of private equity from both the buy and sell sides, and I wouldn’t know the world of capital investments and exit strategies as well.
Taking that risk opened up more doors. I ended up joining an entrepreneurial company where I stayed for 20 years. There, I grew my entrepreneurial muscles and also helped grow the company by leaps and bounds.
You can read more about how the brain tumor changed my life here.
During my tenure as CFO and then CEO, I had the opportunity to recruit and secure private equity partnerships. We successfully performed to the rigor of expectations of our wonderful partners and worked well with an independent board of directors.
I oversaw the acquisition of another company with PE backing and eventually managed a very successful sale and exit for our partners.
Additionally, I am the main investor, chairperson, and advisor to BOMANI, an alcohol-infused cold brew coffee drink, launched and being successfully grown by my son, Sam (I’m very proud of him!).