Muhammad is a self-starter with a passion for risk-taking and a penchant for leadership in difficult, high-profile environments. As the first person in his family to graduate from college, he went on to earn his MBA and build a career in banking and consulting. As an entrepreneur, he brought his family from the US to the far reaches of Asia to manage a business. HGTV's House Hunters International profiled their move to Asia in 2013 (Season 65, Episode 13). Along with his family, he returned to the United States in June 2016.
Since graduating from Harvard Business School in 2008, Muhammad has taken an active, hands-on role in each situation that he has managed. He operated a consulting firm that assisted middle-market agri-businesses to seek US government-sponsored project financing. As an investment banker, he worked with executives to raise high-yield bonds and syndicated loans, and establish credit facilities for primarily US middle-market and large companies. He led the execution of 25+ corporate finance transactions in industries as wide-ranging as shale oil and gas to plastics packaging to health care. As a leverage finance and M&A banker, he supported the deal-making spectrum from acquisition to divestiture.
Most recently, Muhammad served as a management consultant, setting clients up for the future by developing and implementing planning tools, creating innovative processes by leveraging technology, and leading teams through transformation programs. A highly rated consultant in the US, he was subsequently deployed to Southeast Asia to build out the consulting practice in Indonesia -- the largest market in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, he established a new industry practice and oversaw 3X growth in revenue and 2.5X growth in the country’s consulting headcount over a 3-year period.
What sets Muhammad apart beyond his experience is his commitment to core principles. As the son of immigrants who opened a restaurant in Tampa, Florida, Muhammad knows that only through grit and smarts can real and enduring impact be achieved. After Dartmouth College, he served as an aide to a Congressman (and future Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission) focused on accounting reforms in the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act of 2002. Muhammad then served as a diplomat in the US State Department specializing in transportation infrastructure revitalization as part of a 3-year assignment in Baghdad, Iraq.
Through it all, it is his dedication to initiative and dogged perseverance that has been the cornerstone of his success.