Born in south India in 1979, Zakir thinks of his journey to the United States as a pursuit of happiness for his family. As the time for them to leave approached in 1995, he realized that not all of his family would be able to come together. His family couldn’t afford the airfare and living expenses, so Zakir had to leave first with his mother and his elder brother. Zakir was only 15 years old and his brother 19 when they arrived in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Within four months of arriving, Zakir found a dishwashing job at a local Italian restaurant where he worked after school and on the weekends.
In 2000, Zakir became a citizen. This was also the year he started as a freshman at Purdue University and saw the first Matrix movie. He became fascinated with computer graphics and special effects in movies and decided to pursue the major of animation and multimedia. After graduating college in 2004, he took a job as an e-learning developer at Walmart’s headquarters and moved to Bentonville.
A year later, he bought his first home. While working at Walmart, he completed his MBA from Webster University, graduating with honors. After getting married and having kids, he bought another home in Rogers in 2012. Now Director of Category and Modular Development, he manages an 11-person team, and is in charge of analysis and design of how products are assorted and displayed in the entertainment and electronics section of Walmart stores.
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