Some of the Immigrants to the USA are Changing the World
He's building important cultural bridges.
Dearborn, Michigan: We all need to hold a special place and a hope for some of our fellow citizens -- those who have left their Arab homelands in search of freedom, peace and prosperity. These people, especially leaders like Ahmad Chebbani, know the real heart and soul of their new country and they can represent the United States of America as we know it and not as Hollywood and Madison Avenue have portrayed us to these people living in restrictive societies that breed contempt and hostility.
Ahmad Chebbani and his wife, Michelle, began their accounting business in 1987. Today, they are the busiest single tax preparation office in the USA.
Meet the people of Omnex Accounting. This team makes filing of the tax returns for 3,500 individuals and 600 businesses look easy.
Ahmad came to America at the age of 19 from his birth country of Lebanon. With the responsibility of his younger brother, the two arrived in Chicago knowing no English. They worked as busboys and attendants in service stations until they learned their new country's language and her ways. And in the process, they adopted her culture and even her hopes and dreams. While working a full-time job, he did tax work for individuals and small business owners in the evenings and on the weekends.
Today Ahmad is leading the Arab-American community in Dearborn. Since 1994, Ahmad has been the founding chairman of the American-Arab Chamber of Commerce.
The Mayor of Dearborn, Michael Guido, acknowledges the significant role the Arab-American community has played in transforming the city.
Today, Ahmad's team has grown to 16 thoughtful people who help to build the portfolios of many new immigrants to America. Ahmad and Michelle also own and manage a real estate company and they are partners in a Beruit-based digital imaging company that does double digit millions in sales.
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