WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Driven from the get-go by a wild entrepreneurial spirit and a deep-seated desire to help people, David Kassir's first taste of hard work came as a teenager in his family's restaurant business. He recounts his early days as a teen where he launched his first solo endeavor, riding a blue Gary Fischer mountain bike up to 10 miles with a green rubber hose, bungee cords around a red plastic box filled with car cleaning chemicals on the back of his bike rack to wash and detail people's cars. Back then things seemed so simple. He toiled by day cleaning cars and worked evenings in the restaurant business.
Under the mentorship of Bruce Thompson, a prominent hotel developer and one of the nation's largest timeshare developers, Kassir made the most of what he saw as an opportunity to run the valet operation in front of a new restaurant, Mahi Mah's, in Virginia Beach. He integrated a whole new dining experience for patrons, having their vehicles cleaned while patrons dined. Always going above and beyond the usual commitment to service to prove he was more than a "run of the mill" valet operation, he loved adding personal touches to his work, like laying customized corkscrews with thank you cards on the dashboards of patron's cars. He later launched his own private valet company, DK Valet Services, which had 12 locations in the region.
Even back then, Kassir – now the CEO of Washington, D.C.-based Manna Capital Management - was obsessed with being successful. To him, that meant the freedom to live the life he wanted. As co-author (with Steve Forbes) of the bestselling 2014 book Successonomics, he sums up his definition of success in a chapter called "Making Saving Glamorous: Old World Ideas In The New Economy." He writes, "Success is the ability to lead the life you dream of now, not just in retirement. Success means not getting to the end of your life and realizing you missed it. Creating personal wealth becomes a process by which we achieve success."
The California born Kassir spent every moment of his spare time in those days immersed in the idea of wealth creation. He read Forbes and other magazines insatiably and estimates he's read over 150 books on finance. He was always committed to adding value where value wasn't inherently present. Only now, as a top-level financial advisor, instead of literal vehicles, he's helping steer the financial futures of hundreds of happy clients via personalized service and the building of long-term friendships and business relationships.
From the start of his financial services career in the early 90s, Kassir has been motivated to provide his clients with customized, individualized service, independent research and personal money management. In 2002, he founded his own boutique investment firm Georgetown Private Cliente, working in cooperation with Bank of New York and Next Financial Group, Inc.
Kassir's dynamic journey since then has involved expansion through the buyout of other firms, and, in 2009, Georgetown Private Cliente entered into an agreement to buy out Manna Financial Services Corporation, a renowned broker/dealer and distinguished investment firm that began in 1962, with clients across the U.S. Kassir rebranded all of his acquisitions under one umbrella, Manna Capital Management.
"I see every person who sits in front of me as someone's mother, someone's daughter, which makes my business very personal and very real," says Kassir. "I am very close to my mother. It's a bond I can't explain. If it's a female prospective client, I imagine she may have children. If it's a man, I think, this is someone's dad. That perspective sets the tone for the meeting from the beginning. I take the Golden Rule, 'Do unto others,' and amplify that by the imagery of my parents. I want my business to be built on love, trust, care and kindness. Those are the values that my predecessors lived by. So while I've devoted myself to taking this firm to the next level, it was exactly the opportunity I was looking for on many levels."
SOURCE David Kassir