Nabeel Khan ’00
For Nabeel Khan ’00, playing and introducing people to the sport of cricket has become as much of a passion as his success in the construction industry. During his time at Hofstra, Nabeel started a cricket club with fellow international students; the club played weekly matches against other universities at Eisenhower Park. He recently opened an indoor cricket club down the street from his alma mater.
Nabeel has always dreamt of becoming a builder – envisioning and constructing grand structures and engineering marvels. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance, he pursued employment in the construction industry.
His past employment experiences afforded him the opportunity to establish strong people contacts, and social and community-based events have always provided him with a great feeling of satisfaction. Nabeel’s career development continued as he became a franchisee with a nationwide company, followed by the establishment of his own business. The opportunity to work in high-rise building restoration was the catalyst for his success. He has established strong relationships with many owners, engineers, project managers, foremen, and work crews.
Nabeel comes from a family of cricket players, which has inspired him to contribute to taking cricket to the next level in the United States and establish a U.S. team presence at the 2020 Olympics. He is currently pursuing of a master’s degree in construction management at Columbia University.
What is your edge (strength)?
My strength is that I am very personable, and I am a good judge of character.
What at Hofstra gave you your edge?
I was able to make friends with varying backgrounds, which allowed me to connect to and understand people.
In one word, how would you describe Hofstra?
What was your major?
What was your favorite class?
I learned the most from a finance elective taught by K.G. Viswanathan.
What is your fondest memory of Hofstra?
Starting out and playing with the Hofstra Cricket Club and all its players.
What is your field of specialty, and how did you come to work in the industry?
My current field of specialty is masonry restoration on landmarks. I learned about it by working for a construction consulting firm called Diversified Building Consultants (DBC, Inc).
Who in your field do you most admire?
I admire Mayor Bloomberg because he is a great entrepreneur.
What was your first job after graduating from Hofstra, and what was the most valuable thing you learned there?
My first job was at DBC, Inc. The most valuable thing I learned was not only to work hard but also to work smart.
What advice would you give current Hofstra students?
Meet people of all different backgrounds, as that experience will help you broaden your horizons and grow.
How do you balance work and life?
Set your priorities. While at work, focus on work only, and set aside enough time for your personal life regularly.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
From a business aspect, I’d like to be an established developer and hopefully be a part of the U.S. cricket team management at the 2020 Olympics.
What is the single most rewarding experience in your career thus far?
The most rewarding experience thus far has been the recent establishment of the U.S. American Indoor Cricket Club in Westbury, New York (www.usaicc.com).
Do you have a favorite quote or saying that has kept you motivated through the years?
“Strive always to excel in virtue and truth.” – Prophet Muhammad