On Friday March 16, 2018, in Houston, the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) honored Dr. Farouk Shami, the CEO and founder of Farouk Systems USA, with their first ever “Outstanding Arab American Philanthropist Award”. The event is part of CAAP’s inaugural Threads of Giving Gala and was held at The Houstonian Hotel. The evening included a VIP reception, dinner and the internationally renowned musicians Le Trio Joubran providing a classical Arabic musical program.

The Center for Arab American Philanthropy’s goal this year was to not only award Dr. Shami for his charitable endeavors globally but also show him as a successful businessman and innovator. Dr. Shami has given to hairdressers in need whenever a natural disaster has occurred. He has helped to build schools for education and manufacturing plants to help those in need of a career or a job. He has been passionate about protecting the environment and also about protecting the health and well-being of hairdressers.

In addition to his humanitarian efforts, he serves on the board of many organizations including the NDUF (National Defense University Foundation) and is a frequent speaker on leadership at Harvard University. His many awards include: The Palestinian Diaspora Award, The International Salon/Spa Business Network (ISBN) Legend Award, Apollo Green Award, Beautymaker Award (BMA) & BMA's First World Humanitarian, Arab American Businessman of the Year and the 2003 Ameristar Award to name a few.

About Farouk Systems:

Farouk Systems, Inc. is a Houston based company of hairdressers for hairdressers. They manufacture high quality professional hair care products, including industry-leading brands CHI® and BioSilk®. Farouk Systems was founded in 1986 by Dr. Farouk Shami, a hairdresser whose mission is to provide the professional beauty industry with the most advanced American technology based upon “Education, Environment and Ethics”. Farouk Systems distributes its products throughout the United States and to over 100 countries worldwide.  www.farouk.com