Born by an immigrant parent who arrived in the country in 1978; Mina Ebrahimi is the Catering founder and the CEO of Saint Germain Catering. At the age of eleven, Mina Ebrahimi started working with her parent at Seven Corners. At that early age, she began developing her knowledge in the hospitality industry. The family café moved to Tyson’s Galleria, and they renamed it as Saint Germain Café. At the age of 26 in 1999, with much effort and determination, Mina split out and began her own company which she named Saint Germain Catering.
She focused on corporate catering and serving on special wedding event and top clients wedding.
Currently, Saint Germain Catering is the most significant catering company owned by a woman in the country. The company manages more than 200 events every day, and it serves 7,000 individuals each day across Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland. She has 32 employees‘ full time and eight who works on a part-time basis.
Mina Ebrahimi has received many accolades and awards such as Enterprising Women of the Year Award in 2014, Smart CEO’s Brava Award and Washington Business Journal for Top 40 under 40 Award in 2010. Brava Award celebrated her for being a business leader who shares passion and spirit in giving back to the society. Her professional success has powered her devotion to fund and support many organizations and nonprofit foundations including Operation Homefront DC that provides program intended to create secure and stable military families, The 25th Project that helps the community to shelter homeless people in Northern VA where they offer food donations and other provisions all the year.
Mina also sponsors McBaine a cancer concealment dog together with the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Vet Working Dog Center that help with detection tools that detect early ovarian cancer to over 14,000 women who loses their battle with ovarian cancer every year.
Mina also uses her earnings from Saint Germain Catering to help with cancer research at Pennsylvania University through animal’s treatment for a disease. Mina Ebrahimi is the founder of Jack-Ebrahimi Program at Pennsylvania University which is the only interventional radiology veterinarian programs in the Nation and also Mina-Ebrahimi Foundation that endows women to build a future in business.
Hussain Sajwani attended the World Economic Forum a couple months ago, and CNBC’s reporters caught up to him to ask about the state of things at his company, DAMAC Properties. He mentioned that he was now looking at offering investors up to a 15% stake in the company and its holdings, and he said the price will be determined by the markets. Sajwani also downplayed the notion that the Dubai real estate market was becoming overcrowded and said it may be as stable now as it ever has been. He remarked that right now DAMAC Properties may look into expanding its holdings into London due to the Brexit bringing in a strong pound currency.
Prior to starting DAMAC Properties, Hussain Sajwani was a contracts manager for one of the UAE’s largest oil companies, ADNOC. While serving there, he also opened up a catering business that served client all around the world in both government and private sector organizations. Sajwani still makes catering a big part of his hospitality services, though he stated that he couldn’t settle for only millions of dollars when the rising real estate markets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi had the chance for him to make billions. He bought some smaller hotel lots in the area during the 1990s, but he officially founded DAMAC Properties in 2002 and began his first two big investments in Marina Terrace in 2005 and DAMAC Tower in 2006.
Hussain Sajwani has partnered with companies such as Bugatti, Versace and of course most notably the Trump brand. Sajwani has opened several golf courses under a close partnership with the current US president and had a close relationship with him and his family back when he was merely a businessman. But Sajwani is continuing to do deals even as Donald Trump Jr. and Eric run the company more, and he even remarked that even despite some opposition in the Arab world to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital that his vacation resorts co-owned by the Trumps are still as popular as ever. Sajwani is also in the middle of building AYKON City, a massive city within the city of Dubai with a whole new tourist scene and vibe to it.
Hussain Sajwani is a property developer in Dubai. He is the owner and Chairman of DAMAC, a real estate developer that is also based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He was born in 1954 as the son of a shop owner who sold watches, pens, and other goods.
Despite his father’s wishes for Hussain to join him in the family business, Hussain Sajwani wanted more from his life than selling novelty items and cheap imports; Hussain wanted an education. Hussain Sajwani was sent to the United States by the government for a scholarship. This enabled Hussain Sajwani to obtain a degree in Engineering and Economics at the University of Washington.
Sajwani was able to start his professional career in 1981 with Abu Dhabi Gas Industries in their financial department. Sajwani started a catering business next and operated it for years before starting his biggest venture to date in 2002: DAMAC Properties.
Sajwani founded DAMAC Properties, which is now not only one of the biggest property developers in the Middle-East but the entire world. Since creating the company Sajwani has been named Property CEO of the Year by CEO Middle East Awards. DAMAC Properties is a frequent ally with Trump Organization; they have worked on multiple projects together.
In 2015, along side Trump Organizations and Tiger Woods, DAMAC created a brand new 18 hole golf course. The par 72, championship standard course is called Trump World Golf Club and is located in Dubailand. It is properties like this that have made DAMAC one of the leading names in real estate development. In addition to the Tiger Woods backed golf course, DAMAC is also responsible for DAMAC Hills, a residential area. DAMAC Hills also has their own Trump golf course called Trump International Golf Club Dubai. This new course was opened in February of 2017.
DAMAC Properties has completed jobs all over the Middle-East including Dubai, ABu Dhabi, and Qatar.