But did you know that Ahmad has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and previously worked as a project manager on an environmental restoration program at a U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear research facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho? “I was in Idaho for nine years and leaving Idaho was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made,” said Ahmad. “I had a good income, the cost of living was low, we had the same things as a big town, it was a high-tech city, safe and quiet. But, it was so darn cold. I left because of the snow and cold weather.”
Ahmad, age 53, was born in Syria and graduated from high school there in 1981. He arrived in the U.S. in December 1982. “I am a Kurdish-American,” said Ahmad. “My father wanted the best for me. He was a capitalist at heart. He passed away at age 63 from a heart attack six months after I came here.”
Ahmad attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Tex., and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1989 and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1991. “I started working in Idaho in December 1991 before I graduated,” he said.
After working in Idaho, Ahmad moved to Houston, Tex. to start a telecommunications company that provided fiber optics for cable companies. “It didn’t work out, I personally lost about $300,000,” Ahmad said. “We started the business with four employees and ended the same year with 28 employees. We were invoicing a half-million dollars every month and using the money to buy new equipment. Our monthly profit was less than $7,000. It was the wrong time to start a business, the 2001 recession hit us hard. When a $2 million contract cancelled, we closed our doors.”
Ahmad returned to the Department of Energy to work for three years with its Western Area Power Administration in Denver on hydro and solar projects. He then moved to San Diego in July 2005 and got a job with the Department of Homeland Security, where he works today and he also works in real estate with Coldwell Banker West. He received his real estate license in 2014.
“I enjoy real estate because it helps me provide extra for my family,” he said. Ahmad and his wife have four children ranging in age between 18 and 22. The family lives in EastLake.
Ahmad also appreciates his PSAR membership. “It is the only logical choice for real estate professionals who are internationally minded. Our Association provides valuable education and ongoing support that any agent needs to succeed.”