I came to the United States in 1994 from Saudi Arabia; which is in-itself a true miracle. My parents, six siblings, and I left the regime of Saddam in 1991 for a desert refugee camp in Saudi Arabia, that we spent the next three and a half years enduring. This unforgettable experience became the fuel to my desire to take advantage of every positive opportunity I can.
The United States has allowed my family and I to live in peace and prosper. I was able to attend Portland State University, study Architecture and Graphic Design, and begin to pursue my passion.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi
Since I began college, I’ve circled back and forth around my passion. Experimenting with how I can use my business, design and production skills for the greater good. I had some great successes and some great failures. I traveled to India to help build a school and was reminded of the refugee camps and the poverty I was once in. This experience helped me move forward in a very positive and thankful attitude towards the world.
“If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress”
After college was even more interesting journey that was awaiting me. This was a humbling time in my life as I decided creating my own path through screen printing and designing after receiving my degree. It was inevitable with the lack of jobs and downturned economy in 2008 being an entrepreneur would become a career. The opportunity within my community and ability to be creative allowed me a path to grow my small printing operation. We have now expanded to a multi-press operation employing 6 people in Hillsboro, Oregon.
“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” -John A. Shedd
Working with nonprofit organizations such as APANO, SEI, Boys and Girls Club, Boys Scouts of America, the Miracle League in Vancouver, The Black Fatherhood Project and many local schools such as Aloha High school, Life Christian, MSB and more has been a milestone in my career. I hope to inspire people with everything I do. I speak to kids at local schools as often as I can to empower them and get them to see their own potential. I love sharing my personal story as it shows that anyone can get through any struggle. Being connected within the local community is paramount for me to be able to offer support to those around me and to offer my screen printing as a way to unify the community.