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portrait of Karim Mansouri

Karim Mansouri

Managing Director

Business Management

Graduated in 1982

Explain your career path

I joined my family business after spending 8 years studying at various universities.

What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?

Business management, I received a BS and MBA in Management at SEMO.

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

Originally because it was cheaper, I transferred from Washington University, St. Louis, and I had friends in Cape Girardeau that I know from overseas, Bahrain.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

The community of Cape Girardeau and students generally were very welcoming and friendly, this was a major influence.

Share your best college memory.

There were many memories, good and bad, cumulatively these experiences create my overall memory. There was no single memory that would clarify my overall experience.

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

Treat your neighbors with respect and friendship. Simple, but this is missing in many of the places that I have lived and have traveled to. Cape Girardeau, and South East Missouri I found very friendly and down to earth.

Describe Southeast in three words.

Humanity and friendship!

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

I have many achievements, I have developed bars, restaurants, houses, apartments, constructed many buildings for others; all of which gives me a good feeling as these developments make people happy.

How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?

Southeast gave me the feeling of decency, friendship, and life is always good. Work hard, and even failures will become positives.

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

Ask the questions that are not in the text books, don't believe anything is final, there is always another story, another way. Also, be aware of the corruption in the world, the dirty motives of others.

What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?

I wish I had known how corrupt the world is. The dirty motives of most people.


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