Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony
The Arab American Business Council of Washington DC area held its Annual Gala & Awards Ceremony on October 19th at the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport. The event attracted over 120 business men and women in addition to politicians and dignitaries.
Program started with a welcome statement by board member, Ilham El Adlani followed by an introduction speech by AABC President, Mr. Marwan Ahmad and a video showcasing the organization’s work.
During dinner Ms. El Adlani introduced few guests to give short introductions including Virginia State Representative Ibraheem Samirah and candidate, Abrar Omeish.
After dinner the event’s keynote speaker Mr. Basem Mansour, president of Michael and Son was introduced. Mr. Mansour gave an inspirational speech about his humble beginning and his path to build a successful business with hundreds of employees and multi-state operation.
The keynote speech was followed by the Awards Ceremony presented by Bassem Yamak, Dina Qureshi and Nader Abed who presented four different awards categories. The Community award was given to Mr. Basem Mansour. The Young Entrepreneur Award was offered to Ahmed Ashkar of Falafel Inc. The Woman in Business Award was given to Ola Alghazzouli. The Business Achievement Award went to Amal Bertrand.
The evening program included dabkeh dance entertainment by MKH Group and a comedy show by Badar Tareen.