Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Week 3: Casually Cool
What hobbies, activities, and pastimes fuel your passion?
I have two young kids and a wonderful wife, so I’m always looking for ways to spend more time with them. As you can see in my picture, I’m constantly coming down to my kids’ level so that we can interact, play, and learn together. From this position, I can easily roll around and wrestle with them or hop up to take them wherever they need to go. Family is everything to me, and I’m motivated to give them an easier start than what I experienced and help them understand how our family become who we are today.
Week 2: Workplace Image
What does an average day (or week) of your life look like?
I have worked in different jobs, but always with the same focus: to work hard and make an impact. Every day I look for opportunities to build relationships and find a way to give back, whether it is to my friends, family, co-workers, or the community. I like volunteering at Clothes That Work because it helps me enjoy spending time helping others find out what a day at work can look like for them. Every day is different for me, but that also makes every day an adventure!
Week 1: First Impressions
How did you become the man you are today?
Many amazing experiences, both good and bad, have made me the man I am today. My family came to Dayton as refugees in 1992. We had been living in Iraq in the 1990s where there was war, and my dad participated in the uprising again the Saddam Hussein regime. When the uprising failed, we were forced out of our homes and into refugee camps in Saudi Arabia. My family was one of the lucky few … we only spent 18 months in the camps before we got picked for asylum in the United States and ultimately landed to start a new life in Dayton. My family found a stable and safe community here to grow up in, and that experience motivates me to try and help others find the same support. From not even speaking the language to becoming a contributing member of the Dayton community, I thank my family, friends and even complete strangers who believed in what I could become.
Why should people vote for you as the best Role Model for Men at Work?
Giving back to others is what tonight is all about. If you give me your vote, I’ll give even more of my time and resources right back to Men at Work!