An immigrant born in Islamabad, Pakistan, Imran Rahman arrived at Los Angeles at 14 with ambitions to live the American Dream. Having advanced from 2nd Grade to 4th Grade, Imran graduated High School at 16. He received The Principal’s Leadership Award and was elected the Student Body Vice President at the very same school where he arrived as an English as a Second Language student two years earlier. While in High School, Imran’s work career started as a drive through cashier for McDonalds. His interest for computers quickly led him to secure an internship at a local Computer Store.
This internship started a chain of events enabling Imran to pursue a career in Computer Science, Information Technology and Cisco Networking over the next 5 years, where he received his A+, Network+, Cisco Certified Network Administrator, and Cisco Certified Network Professional certifications. During his time working for a Virtual Internet Service Provider, Imran setup and managed multiple Wide Area Networks where he connected a number of retail store outlet locations to their main corporate offices via Virtual Private Networks, with some networks having as many as 87 store locations for a single organization located across different states in the US.
He then took over his family’s gas station and convenience store business where he introduced Western Union, check cashing, bill pay and money orders, strategically setting his store apart from the local competition by focusing on niche offerings suited for his customer demographic. Realizing his new found passion for marketing and business development, Imran secured his second internship at a company focused on educating and serving small business owners in obtaining business credit and funding to launch, grow, or scale their businesses. Shortly thereafter, as the Director of Operations, Imran assisted in tripling revenues.