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亚商会(ACC)举办“与亿万富翁共进晚餐”活动 Farouk Shami期盼与亚裔携手(7图)
亚商会会长Yuki欢迎企业家们和创业人士来出席亚商会的活动，她表示亚裔大部分是移民，Farouk Shami作为移民的典范，在自己的豪宅现身说法，激励亚裔创业并回馈社会，积极进入美国主流打拼。Farouk Shami去年还参选德州州长的选举，为亚裔企业家树立了榜样。Farouk Shami移民创业的成功案例，在现场激发大家的开拓进取精神。
在晚宴中Farouk Shami做了精彩的演讲。他指出作为移民美国的少数民族，虽然我们都已是美国公民，但我们成功的道路比一般的美国人会更崎岖一些。我们需要有自己的声音让政府了解到我们的困难所在。联合一切可以联合的力量，不分党派，为维护和悍卫自己应有的权益而努力。Farouk Shami表示愿意与亚商会合作，进一步推动亚裔新移民的商业活动，为休斯敦培养一批杰出的亚裔企业家，在美国经济振兴中做出自己的独特贡献。
Farouk Shami is a Palestinian-American businessman from Ramallah, West Bank, who now lives in Houston, Texas, where he runs the large hair-care and spa products company, Farouk Systems.
Shami has worked for decades in the field of hair-care product development, and attended cosmetology school in Arkansas. He invented the first ammonia-free hair color, after developing an allergy to the chemical that initially led doctors to encourage him to leave his profession.
His company, the Houston-based Farouk Systems, currently employs 2,000 people, and exports its line of hair and skin care products under the BioSilk, SunGlitz and Cationic Hydration Interlink (CHI) brands to over 50 countries worldwide. On July 27, 2009 Farouk Systems announced they will be opening a new plant in Houston that will employ approximately 5,000 people.
Farouk Shami arrived in the U.S. from Palestine in 1965 with $71 in his pocket. He came to Maryland that year to receive training as an English teacher. After watching so many Western movies, he was surprised to not see any cowboys in Maryland.
He was also amazed by the number of cars, and he assumed every shopping center had to be a car factory to produce so many.
He eventually attended the University of Arkansas, but dropped out to pursue his passion for hair styling. His family did not approve of the decision.
Shami's hair-styling career almost came to a halt after he learned that he was allergic to the ammonia in hair dyes. But that spurred him to invent the world's first ammonia-free hair dye, which launched his business career.
He started a hair care and spa products company, Farouk Systems, in 1986.
Shami was born December 15, 1942, in a small farming village, Beit Ur al-Tahta, which is between Jerusalem and Ramallah. His family owned an olive grove. His father, Mohammed Shami, lived for a time in New York in the 1920s and instilled the American dream into his son. Shami enjoyed playing soccer growing up, and he and his friends also played war games because they were exposed to that at a young age. He attended a Quaker school in Ramallah. Three of his eight siblings were killed by a bomb that exploded near Shami's home. Two cousins also died in the blast. He still gets emotional talking about it.
He considers President Barack Obama his greatest inspiration. He notes that Obama has just as funny a name and that many said the president was too exotic a candidate to win.
It took Shami 25 job interviews before the first salon would hire him as a hairdresser. He opened his first salon - Le Salon Farouk - in Lafayette, La. He moved to Texas in 1978 to dabble in real estate. The real estate market tanked, but his salon business took off. Shami developed the line of BioSilk products and the popular CHI flat iron. Financial reporting service Hoover's Company Records, a Dun & Bradstreet subsidiary, estimated that Farouk Systems had $27.4 million in revenue in 2008. Shami disputes that, saying he was offered $1 billion for his privately held company. But he declined to reveal the company's annual sales. Shami says that more than half of the senior-level positions in his company are filled by women. Shami says he gives free health insurance to every employee. He believes technology can be America's equalizer to compete with cheap foreign labor. Last year, he announced that he would move 1,000 of his company's jobs to the Houston area from Asia.
He and his wife, Izziah, 67, have four grown children - Vasma, Reem, Rami, and Basim - and nine grandchildren.
His favorite Texan food is steak. His favorite Middle Eastern food is hummus.
He likes folk music.
He isn't a member of any faith, and he doesn't regularly attend services. But he said he felt a religious tug to run for office.
He loves reading, but almost never reads novels. Instead, he likes to read about history, economics, chemistry and physics.
He is an avid watcher of CNN.
Farouk's favorite color is red because it gives off energy. That's why he has red boots, a red car and his company's logo is red.
Shami created controversy by saying that white people generally don't want to work in factories and when they do, only as supervisors and for more pay than other workers.
For exercise, he likes to swim for an hour.
Shami owns two ranches in Texas where he raises animals and grows olive trees.
He supports a moratorium on natural-gas drilling in North Texas' Barnett shale after concern in recent weeks over emissions of benzene, a cancer-causing gas.
He also supports a moratorium on executions, citing exonerations of several death-row inmates by DNA evidence.
He is proud to not be a career politician, and he never considered running for any office besides governor.
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