PresidentBusiness Development Manager – Stephen Gould Corp – 18 years
Principal of Azad Apparel – 10 years
Arrash Pirasteh is a business professional who specializes in product development, sourcing and selling both small companies as well as Fortune 500 companies. He is a packaging and printing and products expert with over $29,000,000 in sales over the last 18 years. In this role he has worked with company owners, purchasing professionals, brand managers, packaging engineers and marketing professionals.
He is the founder and principal of Azad Apparel. His business mission is to provide a vehicle that allows some self expression for Persian heritage and culture. In his desire to change the world one shirt at a time, he aspires to capture the attention of non Persians everywhere. Arrash feels that creating cultural awareness in any way will result in further human freedoms, spiritually and the like…
This business requires creativity, sales, purchasing experience, photo shoots, commercial production, air time on Persian TV, magazine articles, interviews, public speaking, graphic arts, clothing and product development, Social media management, working with Models, celebrities, etc…
Arrash dables in some real estate and enjoys the business.
Arrash is a martial artist and teacher. As a competitor for years, he embraces humility and courage.
TreasurerMason Shayan is managing director of KW Commercial | DFW Preferred market center, and he also runs and manages his own commercial practice, MSCRE Group. Your KW Commercial and MSCRE Group advisors are exclusively dedicated to commercial real estate transactions for your leasing requirements (Landlord and Tenant Rep) to investment (acquisition and sales.) We treat our clients professionally and timely. Our most important slogan is Client First.
Mason is MSCRE Group team leader, and he considers himself an entrepreneur. He studied entrepreneurship and business at Loyola Marymount University before opening a few successful companies which he ran for over 27 years. As a small business owner Mason was involved with real estate from the start. From renting to expanding, to purchasing his own user building to becoming a landlord to other small businesses, Mason has seen it all. He is a life long student and teacher. He has a deep appreciation and respect for those who pursue their American Dream and he believes in order to have a meaningful life, we need to understand and appreciate the basic American values of Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness. Mason has had extensive community involvement and has been on the board of the Rotary Club, YMCA, local chamber of commerce and other community organizations. He strongly believes that giving back to the community is his civic duty. He values other entrepreneurs based on their community involvement and their impact on betterment of the local communities. Mason holds a second degree black belt in Karate, and he practices Tai Chi. When asked why he chose KW Commercial, Mason points to KW’s focus on education, technology, community and making clients the number one priority. Mason‘s mission is to create value for his clients through long term partnership.
Mason holds a BA in International Marketing with minors in Information Systems and Finance, and graduated a Magna Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University. He has earned Masters in Commercial Property, and as a commercial realtor, received Certified Commercial Investment Member, CCIM designation in 2018.
Member of KW Commercial
Member of CCIM Institute
Member of North Texas CCIM Chapter
Member of ICSC
Member of Texas Association of Realtors
Member of National Association of Realtors
Member of North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors
Board MemberHaideh Bashash is an active full time real estate professional with JP and Associates Realtors. She got her designation as Buyer Accredited Representatives (ABR). Additionally, she is certified as new construction agent. Haideh constantly advocates for her clients to promote their profession. Whether you are buying, selling or renting a property, she will work tirelessly to promote your best interest.
Her business is built on: Dedication, Communication, Determination and Trust. Haideh is firmly committed to the philosophy “not quantity but quality”, which she practices in both her personal and professional life.
Before getting into the real estate, she has served in the United Nations for 17 years. Haideh values the experience, knowledge, and skills acquired during her time of service and acknowledge that it gave her an opportunity to interact with a wide range of people from different backgrounds. Her experience has equipped her with interpersonal skills and communication skills. She notes that such skills and knowledge have proven useful in her current job as a real estate professional
She is fluent speaker of Turkish and Persian. When not assisting clients, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
SAEED DAEMI, CPA, PFP brings more than 5 years in diverse tax, financial, and business consulting experience to his role as a Certified Public Accountant and Personal Financial Planner.
Education, Professional Memberships & CPA Licenses
Saeed is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Texas. He earned double Master’s Degree in Finance and Accounting from University of Texas at Dallas.
Saeed is dedicated to helping clients achieve business success by helping them establish practical and sound tax and financial processes. Focused on services for small to medium sized businesses, as well as clients in the banking and financial industry, he is committed to delivering tax and financial services that meet each client’s unique objectives.
Saeed has gained extensive accounting experience through working on small to medium‐sized businesses. Saeed has expertise in providing comprehensive accounting services, including individual, corporate, partnership, and nonprofit income tax returns and audits, compilations, and payroll tax reports.
In addition, Saeed has expertise in consulting and supporting computerized accounting systems.
Awesome Insurance Agency
Sam Awesome is a Dallas native. He studied economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and has now been in the insurance industry for over 5 years. The business has helped feed his passion for helping others and growing commerce among the Iranian-American community in Texas. With help from family and friends, Sam started Awesome Insurance in 2013. In his free time, Sam loves to golf. Grateful for the support from other business owners and mentors, Sam actively supports existing and new businesses in our area.
Having served on the board 2 out of the past 3 years, he has witnessed the evolution of IACC and hopes to help continue the growth of the chamber. Through active participation and promotion of the chamber, Sam along with the other board members can’t wait to make 2019 another prosperous year.
Board MemberLaura Rodriguez is a retired Elementary School Principal who is now with Stream. She was an elementary school principal in Denton ISD for 13 years at Robert E. Lee Elementary. She retired from Denton ISD in 2013 after being in education for 27 years. She has been in Stream for 5 years. Stream is an electricity provider with services that also include natural gas, mobile phone service, as well as other home services.
Borzoo Honargohar has a diverse background spanning from being a professional MMA fighter to being a mortgage loan officer. While Borzoo does not compete in martial arts anymore, he has taken that competitive spirit into the mortgage industry where he has served his community as a mortgage loan officer for the last 5 years. He loves to help people get a piece of the American Dream by using his experience to help get people into their dream homes.
While both of his parents were born in Iran, Borzoo was born in Iowa and raised in Texas, giving him a true understanding of what it means to be an Iranian American. This is why he chose to join the board and use his unique experience and insight to serve the community and bring value to the IACC. He understands that in order to lead or make positive changes in the community, he must also serve.
In his spare time he loves to exercise, read and be outdoors as much as possible.
Shideh Modjarrad, DDS
Board MemberShideh Modjarrad is a dentist licensed in Texas and California and has been practicing since 1998.
Shideh Graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry from TWU in Denton, Texas. She then attended Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas where she earned her D.D.S degree in 1998.
Shideh owned and managed a dental practice in Oak Cliff, Dallas for a number of years and has extensive experience in starting, managing, and operating dental offices. Shideh has been certified in Fast Braces and cosmetic and periodontal laser treatment.
After 20 years of practicing dentistry, Shideh has decided to slow down her active dental practice and follow a different passion by learning about local, state, and national politics and assisting multiple local public servants with their political campaigns.
Currently, Shideh is working as an executive coordinator and consults at Modjarrad | Abusaad | Said law firm in regards to dental malpractice cases and provides an array of expertise to the law firm’s clients.
Shideh lives in North Dallas and has a beagle named “Mr. Miller,” and she loves to spend her free time traveling, reading and entertaining her nieces and nephew.
Hami Safavi is a sought-after executive coach and organizational development expert. An astute mentor and trainer, she combines her experience as a global human resource leader and change management professional to help companies and employees release their potential.
Hami has designed and delivered numerous workshops and corporate training courses. Through these curricula she offers targeted strategies, best practices and inspiration based upon her 25+ years of experience working with senior executives and leading global human resource teams.
Hami has coached a range of leaders, from CEOs to senior vice presidents and from department directors to high-potential managers. It is her goal to help clients develop new insights into their capabilities, resulting in self-awareness, better decision making and continuous performance improvement.
As Practice Leader of InsightOut Institute’s Human Capital Advisory Services, Hami utilizes evidence- driven, strength-based methods to improve organizations and the people within them. Her specialty is linking people processes to business outcomes. Guided by empirical data, Hami focuses on encouraging individual self-mastery to achieve clearly defined business results.
She held critical human resource positions with some of the world’s most prestigious and successful organizations involving global workforce deployment initiatives in 42 countries. Hami has engineered and led high impact human capital projects for Ericsson, Deloitte and Touche, Cummins and AECOM. From Dallas to Beijing, Hami has worked with individuals and teams from 100+ countries, and managed budgets from $25,000 to over $50 million.
A recognized expert in the design and implementation of global human relations programs, Hami has been a speaker at international conferences held by Deloitte & Touche, Berry Appleman & Leiden and the Society for Human Resource Management. Hami is a past Vice President and current President of the Iranian/American Chamber of Commerce.
Executive Vice President, Practice Leader
Human Capital Advisory Services
InsightOut Institute, LLC
Producing Breakthrough Performance Throughout Organizations