We had the good fortune of connecting with Saad Masrur and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Saad, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is an important aspect to manage in a business. To deliver competitive returns, risk has to be present.
The key to a successful company is making calculated risks with the appropriate level of mitigations. As CEO of HAS Construction and Consulting, I take on the toughest jobs. Our risk is mitigated by our experienced field technicians/ managers and level of detailed planning. We know that with the expertise we have, HAS Construction and Consulting can deliver strong results together through tough challenges.
For me, failure (when the risk doesn’t work out) has made me a much stronger professional/CEO than I could have imagined. Working in oil and gas presents risk and it left me unemployed. I began developing skill sets: developed an app, built a network, start a construction company. Without failure, I wouldn’t be interviewing with you today.
Even when the risk leads to problems, pressure builds diamonds. Things won’t always go your way and it’s important to persevere through the tough times. It will make you much better than you could have originally imagined. I do take credit for my experience in the Marine Corps in developing this mindset.
What should our readers know about your business?
What sets me apart personally is my ability to interact with people from different cultures and effectively communicate with them. This ability allows me to not only better understand my client’s problems but also helps me build a large and effective network. Business-wise, being able to break a problem down to first principles and find solutions for my client’s problems. I am most proud of what I have already accomplished: an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, graduating from the best university in Texas as a Mechanical Engineer and building my business from scratch.
The way I got here today is thanks to my boss from my corporate job who did not believe in my vision. After getting laid off due to the pandemic, I started a business because I believed in myself and to prove that I can accomplish my vision. No, it was not easy. The challenges I faced almost broke me apart, but due to my Marine Corps discipline, ability to critically think, and knowing failure is not an option, I was able to come out strong.
The lessons I have learned, be humble, treat everyone equally, if option one does not work try the next option until you have solved the problem, and most importantly do not give up.
My message is simple: fail so you can learn how to get up and do better. HAS Construction and Consulting was not built in a day, it took time and dedication.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If it is their first time in Houston, I would take them to Space Center, Rodeo, Galveston, and Galleria for shopping. Food-wise, Khan BBQ is a Pakistani restaurant that serves the best Northern Pakistan kebabs, Street Taco Trucks, and famous BBQ places like The Truth.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My journey would not have been possible if it was not for some key people I met along the way. To start, I would like to recognize my uncle who sponsored my family so that we can come here for the American Dream. Another person that influenced who I am today is Mr. Dunn, my 4th-grade teacher, who took the time to teach me English. My best friend’s parents, who showed me the real value of a dollar, The Marine Corps, which built a foundation of discipline and taught me the value of time. I’d also like to shout out my college friends from my days at Texas A&M, who showed me how to be a professional, and to my uncle who is my business mentor. Finally, I’d like to recognize my family, my parents who, without them, I would be nowhere, and my brother, who showed me against all odds you can still achieve your goals and be someone. A little extra credit goes to me for believing in myself. My drill instructor Marine Corps taught me that in this world people only care about you as much as you care about yourself.