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Ahmed Al-Huzami

Ahmed Al-Huzami

Being recognized is not only a sign that I am on the right track, but also proves that we have people, organizations and authorities who appreciate and push me further. I’m so blessed and thankful for this opportunity.

 

Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Ahmed Alhuzami. I’m passionate about sport and business. I was raised in a family who appreciate principles, ethics and morals.

Tell us about your educational background.
Graduated from IE Business School – MBA in Madrid, Spain.

Tell us about your family.
I am married and blessed with two daughters.

Describe your family support.
I was raised in a very supportive family. My parents always believed in me and my ability to reach my dreams. My wife has the biggest credit for her patience and endless support. She always understands and pushes me the extra-mile.

Tell us about your childhood? How did your formative years lead to your success?
I believe my childhood is the reason I am where I am today. It was a stable phase of my life, yet my parents gave me the chance to explore and discover whatever I wished to try. Because of that I had many opportunities and experiences that led me to choose the direction I liked, not the way they themselves would have liked. I am so appreciative for their wisdom and help.

Any life changing experiences?
With no doubt, studying abroad for two years in Madrid was a life changing experience. Not the educational part of it, but the life lessons I learned were endless and so beneficial. It changed my mindset and allowed me to know myself and my strengths and weaknesses.

Any dreams while growing up? Did they come true?
Yes, but not all of them! I still dream bigger and hope to be a better person.

Tell us about your earlier work experiences.
Before I started my business, I worked in Human Soft for five years. It was the place that gave me the chance to learn the basics of business and the chance to grow with proper business ethics and morals.

Tell us a little about your current job.
Today I‘m the CEO of ALCANTARA Holding Co. We manage multiple businesses under the ALCANTARA umbrella: Extreme Sports Retail Co., Campo Marzio – Retail, Pro-vision Sports Management and Bazma, an ecommerce platform.

Tell us about your industry.
We work mostly in the retail and service industry, one of the toughest industries in Kuwait and the region. It’s very competitive yet interesting. Our clients and customers are very well aware and knowledgeable about the services and products provided in the market. This puts us under pressure to provide the best.

What lies behind the growth of the company?
We believe in our principles and values that always take us to the right place. That doesn’t mean all our decisions were correct but that those principles gave every team member the chance to sync and align the personal goals with the corporate ones. We strive to always be bigger, but we love to grow with the attitude of the small businesses.

How has business been for the company in the past one or two years?
Fantastic! The main element we enjoy is the team. We grow our own talent pool and that puts us on a beautiful journey ahead.

Define success.
Success is a journey, never a status.

What motivates you?
Changing people, teams and the community. Taking others to a different level is the fuel that keeps me excited and happy.

What inspired you to be the person you are today?
My father. He always pushed himself to the maximum; a true role-model that inspired me.

How would you like to be remembered?
Impactful.

Your favourite thing to do?
Sports in general, specifically running.

Describe yourself in three words.
Passionate, disciplined, dreamer.

Where do you envision yourself in five years?
Touching the region is our next phase. In five years I would like to see our arm spread in the GCC.

I believe…
That we live in phases. First we grow ourselves, but to continue to grow we are responsible to grow those around us who deserve to grow and dream.

What is the secret of your success?
My faith in God and myself.

It is said that every inspirational person has been inspired by another, was that the case for you?
Yes certainly. Mr. Fahad Alothman, the CEO of Human Soft, wasn’t a manager but a role model and a school to learn from.

Your message for other people?
Dreams are for free. Dare to dream and fight for your dreams. Dreams are the reason we take the extra mile in our daily life.

Your hobbies?
Endurance running and reading.

Your achievements?
The main achievement is not the business level we reached, but my exceptional team and partners in life.

I am scared of….
Getting busy and forgetting to enjoy life.

I fear…
Political crises that kill the dreams of youth and generations.

What’s your favourite holiday spot and why?
Saint John Island. It is exceptional in every aspect.

Your favourite quote?
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston S. Churchill

On being selected as an Inspiring Man for the year…
Being recognized is not only a sign that I am on the right track, but also proves that we have people, organizations and authorities who appreciate and push me further. I’m so blessed and thankful for this opportunity.

 

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