Alexandria, VA – Basim Mansour doesn’t necessarily want more, he just wants to be the best. The former bodybuilder and President of Michael & Son, has grown his business from one truck after the death of his father in 1991, to more than 600 trucks in a coverage area with 11 locations and 1,000 employees than runs from Baltimore, MD., to Charlotte, NC.
“It’s just about dominating where I’m at,” Mansour said on the Zebra Podcast. “I don’t want more. I just want to be the best.”
Mansour’s father, Mousa “Mike” Mansour was Palestinian and emigrated to the U.S. in the late 1960s. In 1976, he opened up a small electrical firm on Mount Vernon Ave. in Del Ray and called the business B & J Electrical – named after Basim and his sister, Joanna. The name was later changed in the mid-80s.
“My father was just this poor immigrant who was trying to create this American dream,” Mansour said. “He was kind of like that character from ‘The Honeymooners,’ Ralph, who always had these great ideas.”
His father’s death in the early 1990s forced Mansour to succeed. The 49-year-old credits much of his success to weightlifting as a teenager, where he also met actor Dave Bautista.
How did Mansour get on the path to success? You’ve got to listen to the show!