Upcoming Events

FTI Consulting Webinar, Feb 3:

What is Happening to Real Estate Values? Year-End Market Update and Outlook

Houston, Feb 13:

Ismaili Chamber Boss Event at the Houston Franchise Expo South

Houston, Feb 25:

Impact of Low Energy Prices on Retail, Real Estate and Financial Sectors

Tampa, Feb 27 and 28:

Free Admission to the Tampa Franchise Expo

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Impact of Low Energy Prices on Retail, Real Estate and Financial Sectors: Feb 25, Houston


Oil Panel

Board Wishes Hanif G. Juma Well and Search For a New Leader Begins


Dear Members,

The American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce (AICC) is saddened to announce the departure of its founding Executive Director, Hanif G. Juma, with effect from mid-April 2016. Hanif’s significant efforts in the establishment and growth of AICC in its formative years have been particularly noteworthy, and we are grateful to Hanif for his contributions. AICC and its members have benefited tremendously from the energy and passion that he brought to the organization. Under Hanif’s stewardship, AICC has developed a strong membership base and has helped facilitate over $60 million of investments and opportunities for its members and the Jamat. Hanif’s presence and leadership will certainly be missed by the Board and members of AICC.

The Board is currently conducting a search for a new leader, and we look forward to the next chapter in the history of AICC, as we continue to grow and flourish with the added benefit of fresh ideas, different perspectives, and new leadership to further build on the organization’s Mission Statement:

“To promote sustainable economic development for Ismaili Muslim entrepreneurs and professionals across the U.S. by serving as a platform for networking, sharing professional knowledge, enhancing business skills, and facilitating new business and investment opportunities within an ethical framework.”

We are grateful to Hanif for his service and for his commitment to AICC, and feel confident that his skillful leadership will result in a smooth and orderly transition, while ensuring continued success for the organization. He will be missed, and we wish him the best for success in all his future endeavors.

Akbar Poonawala
Chairman, American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce

Free Admission to Tampa Franchise Expo: Feb 27 and 28


Courtesy of the American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce TampaExpo

Ismaili Chamber BOSS Event at the Franchise Expo, Houston: Feb 13



See which brands will be presenting at the BOSS Event.


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Education Series on Investment by ZacksInvestment


Education Series on Investment presented by ZacksInvestment:

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Private Market Investing - NEW!

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Think Before Leaping: Due Diligence for Crowdfunded Securities

IPN TV Leadership Series: Aziz Hashim


“Collaboration, Networking, Learning from Others, trying to find out what made others successful are the keys” – Aziz Hashim.

IPN TV’s Leadership Series showcases the best and brightest in our global community.this series allows viewers to learn from the struggles and decisions made by members of our community whose accomplishments are an inspiration to others in the Jamat.

Aziz Hashim is founder and General Partner of NRD Capital, the first business fund both sponsored and managed by a Multi-unit franchisee. NRD Capital is focused on acquiring equity within franchise concepts offering compelling unit economics and solid opportunities for franchisees. Mr. Hashim is a highly regarded executive in the U.S. and international franchise space, and is one of the most successful Multi-unit franchisee operators in North America. Starting with one location in 1996, he grew to become one of the top 200 franchise operators with several high-profile brands across a plethora of industries.

Watch IPN TV interview of Mr. Aziz Hashim with Rahim Charania, Chairman Southeast IPN.


FTI Consulting Webinar: What is Happening to Real Estate Values? Year-End Market Update and Outlook: Feb 3



Why Attend?
This presentation will help guide professionals to identify market trends. Our presenters will explain current market fundamentals and pricing relevant to the year-end 2015 real estate cycle as well as provide a look forward into 2016.

Who Should Attend:
Professionals who need reliable valuation estimates to support decisions: litigation support; loan underwriting; risk assessment; compliance; or equitable property tax assessment.
• Lawyers
• Accountants
• Lenders
• Investors
• Analysts


Marc Shapiro
Managing Director

Mr. Shapiro has over 20 years of experience in all aspects of analysis and valuation of commercial real estate. He specializes in the valuation of individual properties and portfolios of financial reporting, lending, estate planning, gifting, partnership issues, eminent domain, purchase price allocations, ad valorem taxation, litigation support, public offerings, and portfolio analysis and in providing litigation support related to valuation issues.

Mike Hedden
Managing Director

Mr. Hedden has over 33 years of experience in all aspects of market analysis and valuation of real property. He specializes in providing detrimental condition analysis, litigation support and expert testimony. He is an instructor for the Appraisal Institute and on the Advisory Board for The Center for Real Estate at Rutgers University Business School. Mr. Hedden holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University and is a full member of the Urban Land Institute.

Announcing …The Ismaili Chamber MarketPlace


The Ismaili Chamber launches the MarketPlace, a new section on the Chamber’s website.

The MarketPlace is a feature section on IsmailiChamber.org where members and non-members can ADVERTISE their businesses, services and promotions, as well as in the Ismaili Chamber newsletter.

Advertising Benefits

Ads live on Ismaili Chamber’s website under the MarketPlace section for 60 days.

  • The MarketPlace is featured on Ismaili Chamber’s Home Page for greater exposure – open to all visitors and not just members of the Chamber.

Ads are included in the Ismaili Chamber Newsletter (monthly issue).

  • Chamber’s newsletter reaches all member and non-member subscribers.
  • Newsletter is sent out twice via email (targeted the first time to the entire list and then retargeted to unopened members for maximum exposure).
  • The open rates on Ismaili Chamber newsletters are well above industry averages.
  • Newsletter is sent to all members/subscribers via text blast.
  • Newsletter is shared via Chamber’s social media sites (Facebook and LinkedIn).

Dedicated Marketplace email and text blast.

  • Ads in the MarketPlace are sent out via a dedicated email to all member and non-member subscribers in the first 30 days
  • Ads in the Marketplace are sent out via a text blast to to all member and non-member subscribers in the second 30 days

Social media posts dedicated to the ad content/graphic are shared twice a month on Facebook.

Advertisers Specs

  • A designed 800 by 350 px small intro ad and a 800 by 1050 px full ad to be provided by advertisers
  • If members require design services, Ismaili Chamber can handle for an additional cost

Ismaili Chamber Marketplace is for advertising products, services and businesses only; Investment opportunities can not be advertised via the MarketPlace. The Member Platform is for Investment Introductions.

Advertisements will be posted at the discretion of Ismaili Chamber; Ismaili Chamber retains the right to refuse any advertisement; Ismaili Chamber will always maintain dignity, ethical values, taste, and professionalism in maintaining the MarketPlace.

Currently, advertising options in the MarketPlace is available for Ismaili-owned/partnered businesses and Ismaili professionals and service providers only.

Advertising Prices

Ismaili Chamber Members: $1,000

Non-members: $1,500

SPECIAL Kickoff pricing:

Please note, Ismaili Chamber is a Non-profit 501(c)(6); thus, the cost is a legitimate business expense.

This is a great way to market your business or service to other Ismailis.

For more information on advertising, please contact support@ismailichamber.org.

Ismaili Chamber Closes Another Deal Intro!


A letter from the deal presenter

I would like to thank the American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce for their efforts in enabling Amiri Development to achieve our capital goals, as well as the energy continuously put forth by the Chamber to better our community. Amiri Development initiated a 10 million dollar commercial real estate fund for the ground-up and re-development of retail, office, and industrial projects. Amiri involved the Chamber to bring its members exclusive access to this investment opportunity.

The Chamber provided a powerful peer-to-peer network and a membership engagement plan which presented Amiri with the opportunity to align ourselves with its members. AICC has been an indispensable partner in the success of Amiri Capital, not only for their advocacy but also for the relationships developed from the events and seminars. I am overwhelmed with how the Chamber has served our company and provided a quantifiable return; we secured nearly three-quarters of our capital target from over a dozen cities within 90 days of our launch.

As Ismailis our community is not only the environment in which we pray, it is also where we associate and do business. Our current and future welfare is dependent upon the quality of our community, and the Chamber is an integral part of this notion through ​sustainable social and economic development. ​Amiri Development is very proud to be called a founding member of the American Ismaili Chamber of Commerce.


Shaz Ramji

President, Amiri Development