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CEO and philanthropist Sam Mahrouq has been invited to participate in the University of Texas at Arlington, College of Business, annual Business Week programming.

Here is what is posted on UTA’s website. Thank you Sam for supporting this top-tier College of Business!

A longstanding tradition in the College of Business, Business Week is a full week set aside to connect faculty and students with business and community leaders. Executives and leaders, many of them UTA alumni, share their experiences and present case studies from their companies to a new generation of business leaders.

Sam Mahrouq is an entrepreneur and global businessman who serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the MEI Group (Mahrouq Enterprises International). His most recent focus is iKON Technologies, a vertical expansion of his business products and services in the automotive industry. Also under Sam’s business umbrella are 11 car dealerships, a prominent Dollar Rent-a-Car franchise, MEI Auto Finance, and a real estate investment group. A native of Amman, Jordan, Sam is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business and recently funded the $500,000 Sam Mahrouq Financial Markets Lab. His business philosophy focuses on ethics and not exploiting others around him. He always looks for the win-win in business transactions. In 2016, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce honored him with the Small Business of the Year Award. The galleries in the Arlington Museum of Art are named for the Sam Mahrouq Family in recognition of his financial grant of $550,000 to stabilize the organization financially. He is also a significant donor to the Arlington Life Shelter and Levitt Pavilion in Downtown Arlington as well as Oak Ridge School.”

UTA financial markets lab named for philanthropist Sam Mahrouq

Feb 11,2020

Thanks to the $500,000 donation by entrepreneur and telematics leader in the automotive industry,
Sam Mahrouq, chairman of ikon Technologies, the College of Business at The University of Texas at
Arlington now provides students an active financial markets laboratory, integral to the success of
graduates destined to become leaders and influencers in the global economy, ikon Technologies said in a news release.

Mahrouq graduated in 1991 from UTA with a major in journalism and minor in business. While
attending college, the native of Amman, Jordan, sold used cars to pay for his education and living
expenses.

Upon graduation, he established MEI Group. Today the multi-dimensional company focuses on six
business lines, including auto sales, financing, real estate, and innovative technology solutions.
The Arlington Museum of Art recently recognized Mahrouq, a long time museum supporter, by
naming its three mezzanine galleries in his honor.

Among Mahrouq’s newest enterprises in MEI Group is ikon Technologies, whose products are in such
demand that operations are now expanding into Mexico and South America.

“We are helping franchise dealers increase their profitability – and attain customer satisfaction and
loyalty in greater numbers,” Mahrouq said.

His love for buying and selling was inspired by his father, a school principal and part-time trader, and
today he wants to spread “the trading bug” among college students, particularly those whom he
recognizes are not likely to be as lucky as he has been, Mahrouq said in the news release.
“I would not have been as successful if I had not been introduced to trading early,” Mahrouq said. “I
want to provide tools for students at my alma mater to become intrigued and energized with buying
and selling. That’s why I funded the Financial Markets lab on campus. Students now have access to
real-world experiences when they step onto the trade floor.”

The Sam Mahrouq Financial Markets Lab includes the Bloomberg software system with near realtime
data; up-to-the-minute analytics, and information covering every asset class and spanning
companies, industries, markets, countries and regions.

The Princeton Review named UTA as one of the “Best of the West” in its 2019 Best Colleges:
Region by Region rankings, and Forbes ranked the school No. 191 nationally on its 2018 Best Value
Colleges list.

– FWBP Staff

On December 14th, ikonGPS chairman and CEO, Sam Mahrouq, delivered the commencement address to graduates of the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business

Sam Mahrouq graduated from UTA in 1991 with a major in journalism and minor in business. In 2019, the Sam Mahrouq Financial Markets Lab opened its door to provide students an active financial markets laboratory – integral to the success of graduates destined to become leaders and influencers in the global economy. 

 

“I would not have been as successful if I had not been introduced to trading early. I want to provide tools for students at my alma mater to become intrigued and energized with buying and selling. That’s why I funded the Financial Markets lab on campus. Students now have access to real-world experience when they step onto the trade floor,” said Mahrouq. 

ikon Technologies announces leadership team dedicated to innovation and customer satisfaction

NEWS PROVIDED BY
ikon Technologies
Dec 04, 2019, 09:30 ET

ARLINGTON, Texas, Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — ikon Technologies, the premier telematics firm in the
U.S. and Mexico providing connected car technology to the automotive industry, today
announced its top leadership and reaffirmed its commitment to innovation and superior
customer service.

Making the announcement is Sam Mahrouq, the global businessman and industry leader
responsible for organizing the top tier organization that it is today. He serves as Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer.
“Our business base has always been the franchise dealers,” said Mahrouq, himself the owner of
11 car dealerships as well as an auto finance company. “We are dealers ourselves, developing
innovative tools for our customers that help them to increase their profitability.”

Charles Stilwill, President of ikon Technologies, leads the team of industry experts. “With over 25 years of experience in software, executive management, and sales, Charles’ ability to work with a wide variety of clients is unmatched in the industry,” Mahrouq said. Stilwill attended Iowa State
University and studied business programs at The University of Michigan’s Ross School of
Business. He holds a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology.

Walid Joulani, Executive Vice President, has owned and operated car dealerships for 33 years.
“Walid’s business sense and drive are unparalleled,” said Mahrouq. “Our business relationship
spans decades.”

Jose A. Gonzalez is Chief Operating Officer, overseeing general operation, managing costs
associated with operations, and establishing policies that promote the company’s culture and
vision. He has more than 20 years of experience in the subprime auto finance business. “Jose is
driving ikon’s operating capabilities to improve and surpass customer satisfaction and retention
levels,” Mahrouq said.
About ikonGPS

ikon Technologies, headquartered in Arlington, Texas, is the telematics industry leader providing
innovative automotive solutions and hardware on a state-of-the-art app, allowing customers to
monitor, protect and optimize their vehicles 24/7 throughout the United States. For more
information, visit ikonGPS.com.

CONTACT:
Linda Pavlik
817.332.2972
pavlik@pavlikandassociates.com
SOURCE ikon Technologies
Related Links
https://ikontechnologies.com

Sam Mahrouq

CEO

Charles Stilwill

President

Walid Joulani

Executive Vice President

Jose A. Gonzalez

Chief Operating Officer

University of Texas at Arlington's financial markets lab named for philanthropist Sam Mahrouq

NEWS PROVIDED BY
ikonGPS
Dec 03, 2019, 12:31 ET

ARLINGTON, Texas, Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Thanks to the $500,000 donation by
entrepreneur and telematics leader in the automotive industry, Sam Mahrouq, chairman of
ikonGPS, The College of Business at The University of Texas at Arlington now provides for
students an active financial markets laboratory—integral to the success of graduates destined
to become leaders and influencers in the global economy.

Mahrouq graduated in 1991 from UTA with a major in journalism and minor in business. While
attending college, the native of Amman, Jordan sold used cars to pay for his education and
living expenses. Upon graduation, he established MEI Group. Today the multi-dimensional
company focuses on six business lines, including auto sales, financing, real estate, and
innovative technology solutions.

Among his newest enterprises in MEI Group is ikonGPS, whose products are in such demand
that operations are now expanding into Mexico and South America. “We are helping franchise
dealers increase their profitability—and attain customer satisfaction and loyalty in greater
numbers,” says Mahrouq.
His love for buying and selling was inspired by his father, a school principal and part-time
trader, and today he wants to spread “the trading bug” among college students, particularly
those whom he recognizes are not likely to be as lucky as he has been, Mahrouq says.

“I would not have been as successful if I had not been introduced to trading early,” Mahrouq
emphasizes. “I want to provide tools for students at my alma mater to become intrigued and
energized with buying and selling. That’s why I funded the Financial Markets lab on campus.
Students now have access to real-world experiences when they step onto the trade floor.”
About The College of Business, The University of Texas at Arlington

UTA’s College of Business, located in the vibrant economic region of North Texas, prepares more
than 6,000 students each year for roles as leaders and influencers in the global community.
The Sam Mahrouq Financial Markets Lab includes the Bloomberg software system with near
real-time data; up-to-the-minute analytics, and information covering every asset class and
spanning companies, industries, markets, countries, and regions. The Princeton Review named
UTA as one of the “Best of the West” in its 2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region rankings, and
Forbes ranked the school No. 191 nationally on its 2018 Best Value Colleges list.

CONTACT:
Linda Pavlik
817.332.2972
pavlik@pavlikandassociates.com
SOURCE ikonGPS
Related Links
https://ikontechnologies.com

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