We had the good fortune of connecting with Mohammed Ghanayem and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mohammed, what makes you happy? Why?
The year 2020 gave us all a lot of time to think about what is important in life. My happiness comes from my family. This year taught me to value the little things, the time together doing a puzzle, taking a walk outside as a family, and laughing as much as we can. I also take pleasure is excelling in my work and career. Taking pride in my work and showing my children a strong work ethic, even when faced with challenges, is a big part of my life ethos.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I began my career as a journalist and videographer in Palestine. I grew up in a refugee camp and from a young age realized that the camera is a powerful tool to tell a story. I studied journalism in Holland and returned to Palestine in 2000 to work as a journalist. I worked on TV and feature stories and eventually began working on documentary movies. In my 20 years working as a journalist in Palestine I had the opportunity to travel all over the world. One of those travels took me to America and I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Farouk Shami. Seeing a Palestinian come to America and build a truly succesfful global company was inspiring. Several years later my wife and I made the decision to move to the U.S. This move was an extremely hard decision for our family and it also meant I had to start all over in my career. In Palestine I had a strong reputation and a good career but in the U.S. I had no experience and no name recognition. I rose to the challenge and spent the last four years improving my photography skills, learning all I could about the U.S. market, social media, and business. It was a huge learning curve and I am extremely proud of the hard work I did to improve my craft and learn as much as I could about all that was new around me. I have learned that hard work pays off, that persistence and perserverance are keys to success. COVID-19 has also taught me that patience is a virtue that we can all do well to remember. Everything slowed down, our work included, and we had to learn new ways to survive, both personally and professionally in this new normal. Being flexible and creative can help you survive the ups and downs or life that we all face at some point or another. Our company, Farouk Systems Inc. CHI-Biosilk, shifted to production of sanitizers alongside our regular beauty lines and we had the chance to support our local communities and the country with products to keep everyone safe and healthy. This flexbility allowed us to survive this pandemic, we are a stronger company now because of this ingenuity. I am proud to work for a company that has done so much to serve the public, both with production of new health products and donations to our frontline workers. Together we are truly stronger and watching people come together to support one another through this crisis has been truly a blessing.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Since I am a father of two we don’t spend a lot of time in downtown Houston and certainly not over the past year! One of our favorite places to take visitors is to NASA. This is a unique place only available in Houston and is always a hit with friends and family who come to visit us. Before COVID-19 hit I would also take them on a tour of CHI-Biosilk offices and factory to show them our studio and production lines. Our family also likes to go watch the Houston Dynamo and Dash play at the BBVA Stadium. My son is obsessed with soccer, he plays for the Houston Dynamo youth league, these games are always great family fun. I would also take them to walk around downtown Houston, the Discovery Green, visit a locally run coffee shop and enjoy the Houston sites.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to give my Shoutout to Dr. Farouk Shami, Founder and Owner of Faruok Systems Inc. CHI-Biosilk. Dr. Farouk took a chance on me when I moved to the U.S. in 2016. He had seen my previous work as a videographer and felt I had a strong skill base to work from. I had never worked in the U.S. market before or with fashion/hair, so he took a risk on me. I would like to think he is happy with the results of that risk. I have excelled at my skill as a photographer and become well versed in the culture, style, and fashion of the U.S. market. I enjoy my job immensly and am eternally grateful to the opportunity given to me by Dr. Farouk. I also want to give a Shoutout to my wife, who has supported me along this journey, moving our family to Texas so I could pursue career opportunities here.
All pictures are taken by Mohammed Fawzi and are property of Farouk Systems Inc. Pictures are not be copied or reproduced without the consent of Farouk Systems Inc.