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BOARD MEMBERS

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Yousuf Dosani

Chairman
 

Education: Diploma in Optometry 

Work Experience: Started working in Convenience store industry since 1993. Owner and Operator since 1996. Diversified portfolio in 2008. Multi-Unit Stores for Checkers Fast Food Franchise. 

Joined ARA as a Board of Director in 2019 and currently, serving as Chairman Served in the following committees for year 2019-2020:  1.) Food Service Committee 2.) Management & Performance Committee 3.) ARA Expo (Organization Team) 

 

Currently, serving in the following committees for year 2020-2021: 

1.) Branding Committee

2.) Advocacy Group

3.) Platinum Business Alliance(PBA) 

4.) PAC Revision Committee

Yousuf Dosani

Chairman

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Parvez Himani

Honorary Sectary 

Education: Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Mumbai and Intermediate Accounting from The Institute od Chartered Accountants of India.
Work Experience: Business owner for 4 decades with a focus on C-stores and construction.

Accomplishments: Improved ARA staff talent through hiring competent personnel. Helped secure deals by vendors for maximum benefit to our members. Helped resolve numerous member complaints through a standardized process.

Parvez Himani 

Honorary Secretary

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Raffeeq Iqbal

Director

Raffeeq Iqbal

Director

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Mushtaq Kamruddin

Director

Mushtaq Kamruddin

Director

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Shaila Tejani

Director
 

Education: Master of Commerce (Business management and Accounting

 

Work experience: Partner/General Manager Payless Wireless. 18 years and counting

 

I will bring the same exuberance and zeal to this appointment as I have to all my previous ones.. As one of the 2 women appointed to the board, I bring a businesswoman’s perspective to all of the board discussions. I represent the board to the ARF and will also take on a few other tasks throughout the year

Shaila Tejani

Director

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Naushad Keshwani

Vice Chairman
 

Education: Bachelor of Commerce (from Mumbai, India) Background: Real Estate Developer. 

Operations Executive with a proven track record in all stages of Real Estate Development of multiple projects in Mumbai’s suburbs from 1993-2002, which included planning, acquisition, budgeting, construction, administration, sales, and management. 

Accomplishments:  Since moving to the USA in 2002, Naushad has been actively operating and managing Gas stations and convenience stores in multiple states. 

As a Director Naushad oversees IT projects. Naushad has also been an integral part of the marketing and the PBA launch

Naushad Keshwani

Vice Chairman

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Ishkander Malani

Treasurer 
 

Education: B.com /CA from India 

Work Experience: While in India as a CA & Auditor conducted various audits. Over 34+ years of experience in retail and real estate in USA 

Background: Served in various Jamati organizations Chairman of Youth Board, Hyderabad India Treasurer of Diamond Jubilee High School, Hyderabad India 

Current Role at ARA:

Treasurer

Lead Volunteer Development Committee

Executive Committee

Liaison for Financial and Audit Committee

Digital media and conventional spanner board

Member PBA committee

Ishkander Malani

Treasurer

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Irfan Lakhani

Director

Education: bachelor's degree in business management with a specialization in Human Resource Development, 

Work Experience: Worked as a Public Relations Officer in various firms in Bombay. Moreover, I have been actively involved in multiple businesses, including C-stores, Fast Food establishments, and Commercial and Residential real estate, for over two decades.

Responsibilities at Atlanta Retailer Association: Within the Atlanta Retailer Association, my responsibilities include overseeing education programs, ensuring safety and security measures are in place, fostering positive relationships with vendors, and promoting financial literacy among our members.

Moving forward, my goals and aspirations for the Atlanta Retailer Association involve driving educational initiatives to enhance the knowledge and skills of our members.

Irfan Lakhani

Director

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Moiz Soomar

Director

 

Education: University of Central Oklahoma, Organizational leadership & Marketing

 

Work Experience: Managing Partner at the Soomar Group. We specialize in aquations of Gas stations, new construction of gas stations, c-store flip, along with hotel - motel.

 

Previous work experience in banking, from Member Service Representative to Vice President. 

Background: Served in various Jamati organizations such as Economic planning board, Aga Khan Foundation, & Safety and Security.  

 

Current Roles at ARA:

Vendor Relations Committee

Information Technology Committee

Digital Media & Conventional Spanner committee

Moiz Soomar

Director

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