At age sixteen, I couldn’t have imagined where my life would take me; I had just graduated high school in Tehran and was in pursuit of a higher education at a more credible institution, preparing to travel across the globe to attend Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Soon after I started school, a revolution in Iran disrupted relations with the United States. Suddenly, I was cut off from home with no financial or emotional support from my family. Subsequently, I had to start working to put myself through college, alone in an unfamiliar country. My English was still a work in progress, and I had to figure out how to live day-to-day, forcing me to grow up and become an adult in a hurry. Over time, I realized that the USA was no longer a foreign land; it had become my home.
When I graduated with my master’s degree in 1984, the economy was not in the best shape. I was a mechanical engineer in a city with seven refineries, hoping to land a job while seasoned engineers were getting laid off. I needed to head in a new direction, so I decided to become an entrepreneur, began importing blank VHS tapes from Hong Kong and selling them door-to-door at local video stores. Nobody had heard of me, but I worked hard to fight the big-name brands and carve a place for myself in the market. That initial effort paid off, as my self-made experience in sales and marketing allowed me to continue my professional growth in several different jobs.
Eventually, my path led me to California, where I earned a position with Inacom Information Systems, a Fortune 500 company in Silicon Valley. This company was a technology aggregator and I was a business development consultant, helping companies lower their cost of ownership in technology, standardize their computer systems, and provide ongoing support for them. With lots of hard work and tenacity, I found myself landing contracts as big as $66 million—a far cry from selling VHS tapes door-to-door!
Those were some exciting years, but the business was unpredictable. By 1998, my company decided to acquire its biggest competitor that was already servicing most of my target business accounts. I found my role diminishing and realized that another change was on the horizon.
It was more than ten years prior that I had purchased my first piece of property: a 674 ft2 one-bedroom condo in Sunnyvale. As an engineer, I was analytical about the benefits of homeownership, and as an entrepreneur, I was committed to create wealth through real estate. In 1997, my wife Mersedeh and I moved to Pleasanton and bought our home, in a family-oriented community where we still reside with our two children. Since I had acquired detailed knowledge around real estate and mortgages, I always enjoyed helping friends and family with the process of buying a home.
As my position at Inacom Information Systems continued to fade away, I found my new passion around real estate and a career as a Realtor® in late 1998. In the years since, I have worked to embody professional excellence with the utmost integrity, assisting each and every one of my clients in pursuit of home ownership.
I would love nothing more than to lend my knowledge and experience toward helping you, your family and friends with your real estate endeavors, but I don’t expect your business simply because of our relationship—I only ask that you call upon me to present my plans to you and see if I might be the best agent for you.
Buying or selling real estate is often the most important decision we make in our life, and the representation you receive from your agent can have a significant impact on your results.