I made it to the last round and
I didn't get bruised...
GOD BLESS THE USA
I came to Tulsa, OK in 1982 from Damascus, Syria, where I worked as a school teacher, and have lived in Tulsa ever since. My first job was at Church’s Fried Chicken at 4th and Sheridan working 17 hours a week making $3.35 an hour. I was so happy when I advanced to 40 hours a week!
Then I got my second job at Jamil’s steak house and I stayed at those two jobs for five years and did not have one single day off: five days a week at Church’s and seven days at Jamil’s where I worked as dishwasher, cook, busboy, host and a server. Then I opened my first business: Submariner Sandwich Shop at 61st and Lewis, where I stayed for eight years. It was very successful; then I sold it to build Batman’s Good Food and Convenience Store at Pine and Mingo. After five years at Batman’s, QuikTrip opened their largest location in Tulsa across the street, and my business went up 10%! I am so proud of that operation and I can say it is the only convenience store in Tulsa that is doing excellent business competing with QuikTrip, (who do a fantastic job) and we’re still doing well fifteen years later. I have earned my customers’ trust and support, and I’m so blessed. The people of Tulsa’s support of me and my business are so incredible. And right now I run a car lot, named Batman’s Auto Sales. I have operated this for the past 18 months and it has been very successful.
I met my wife, Wanda Adkins, while working at Church’s Fried Chicken and we’ve been married for 26 years. During all this time her support has been essential to my success. She graduated from TU as a nurse in 1985 and has worked in Nursing since then. We have 3 boys, the oldest one in his second year of medical school at OU, and the two younger boys are in middle school and high school and bring home honor roll report cards . As matter of fact my youngest son makes high honor roll! We are so very proud of them all. By the way, I came to America from the same town as Steve Jobs' biological father.