Sam MasriFOUNDING / CURRENT BOARD MEMBER / FESTIVAL COMMITTEE (Entertainment)

    There’s a saying in Texas for folks who weren’t lucky enough to be born in the Lone Star State – “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.”

    While it’s highly unlikely that saying has ever been tossed around in Tripoli, Lebanon, Sam Masri clearly had some Texan in him as he made his trip to the United States as a foreign student. He wound up in Houston, Texas in 1979 as a wide-eyed 18 year-old with boundless energy and an entrepreneurial eye to make things happen.

    35 years later, Sam is still a Texan – and he’s still making things happen.

    Sam wasted no time after making Houston his home, enrolling at the University of Houston and graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration emphasizing in Real Estate Finance. The move paid off as Sam has carved a niche – successfully – into the crowded and ultra competitive Houston Real Estate market for more than 24 years.

    “My goal has always been to simplify the process of obtaining real estate mortgage, and to satisfy everyone’s needs to the best of my ability.”

    Sam’s Real Estate exploits include but are not limited to…

    • Real Estate Broker since 1990.
    • Mortgage Finance Broker since 1997.
    • Conducted variety of seminars and teaching classes in Real estate and Mortgage Finance.
    • Founder/President of Gulf Coast realty Services Inc. 1990 till present.
    • Founder/ CEO of Century Mortgage & Investments Inc. 1997 till present.
    • Graduate of University of Houston.
    • Member of Houston Association of Realtors.
    • Member of Texas Association of Realtors.
    • Member of National Association of Realtors.
    • Member of National Association of Mortgage Brokers.

     

    Anyone that knows Sam knows that Real Estate isn’t his only iron in the professional fire, as he owned for three years one of Houston’s go-to night spots in The Sands Restaurant and Club from 2000-2003. It was at The Sands where Sam routinely packed the place full on weekends with a literal who’s who from both Lebanon and the United States. It was a must to have the Sands in Your Plans during that time.

    When Sam isn’t busy working or spending time with family, the former 17-year-old chess champion does find some down time to play the “Bouzok,” an instrument the resembles the lute. And of course he wouldn’t be a Texan if he didn’t enjoy fishing – and telling the stories that go with it.

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