With Allah’s Name, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
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Founder and CEO, Muhammad Najee-ullah, established Pelican Fly Concepts LLC as an Education-Tech research and development start-up with goals to increase S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math) awareness, and proficiency in young people of all ages across the USA specifically in the disadvantaged and under-served urban communities.
The company’s hashtags ( #ProFitness #ProSTEAM and #Anti_Evils ) speak to the company's goal of shifting the youth culture with a "No off button" of "Edutainment"via traveling workshops and events in which teams of young participants build robots and drones then control them to compete in the tournaments against the creations of other teams. These educational gaming events will be made available to the community on a regular basis in an effort to compete with popular entertainment culture.
A visionary and community activist, Mr. Muhammad and his team are developing the FullBlast S.T.E.A.M. physical-digital hybrid gaming platform as high quality informal learning environments with the attraction power to drastically increase STEAM awareness, education, career and entrepreneurship pursuits among young people across ethnic and economic divides.
Omar Anthony Karim
Omar A. Karim, 44, serves as President of Banneker Ventures, a real estate development and construction company founded in 2005. Banneker’s clients have included federal government, local government and commercial clients across twelve states.
Since Banneker’s founding, Mr. Karim has been responsible for the Company winning more than $800 million in contract vehicles with 2017 revenues of $28 million. Mr. Karim is currently leading the $45 million development of a mixed-use market rate residential and retail project at the Addison Road Metro Station in Capitol Heights, Maryland, a $28 million development of a mixed-use affordable and retail project in Southeast, Washington, DC, and a $13 million affordable residential project in Northwest, Washington, DC.
He has also been responsible for overseeing the development of multiple private and public-private projects, including Foundry Lofts, a $60 million development with Forest City Washington of a former GSA building into a 160-unit mixed-income, residential and retail building in Washington, DC; the $60 million Walker Jones Education Complex (a co-location facility consisting of the District of Columbia’s only pre-k through 8 public school, recreation center and library); the $32 million Deanwood Recreation Center and Library (also a co-location facility consisting of a recreation center, library, in-door swimming pool, gymnasium, and library; the 300,000 sq. ft. tenant fit-out of the Veterans Affairs/Lafayette Building across from The White House; 1MM sq. ft. development of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Headquarters campus and the 625,000 sq. ft. development of the U.S. Transit Security Administration’s new Headquarters building with GSA, Boston Properties and Lendlease in Springfield, Virginia.
Mr. Karim has been able to grow Banneker’s bonding capacity to $100,000,000, making Banneker one of only a few African-American owned firms with that large of a bonding program.
Prior to founding Banneker, Mr. Karim served as General Counsel and Project Manager with Bundy Development Corporation, a leading District of Columbia-based real estate development firm. Prior to that, Mr. Karim worked as an attorney with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where he counseled private and public investment companies.
Mr. Karim and Banneker has received numerous awards including making the2018 Black Enterprise Magazine list of the 100 largest Black-owned companies in the United States, 2017 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year nominee, 2015 Visionary Award at the Minority Small Business Construction Conference in Montgomery County, Maryland; 2011 Developer of the Year Award by the National Organization of Minority Architects (Washington, DC Chapter); 2010 Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Howard University Institute for Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation, and 40 Under‐40 Award by The EnVest Fund, a District of Columbia‐based social venture capital fund.
Throughout his career, Mr. Karim has invested heavily in the communities in which he has worked and lived, including contributing more than $1,500,000of Banneker’s profits to charitable organizations and worthy causes. He also served on the Boards of the Washington Area Community Investment Fund and Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, a member of the Montgomery County, Maryland Economic Advisory Council and Montgomery County, Maryland Affordable Housing Task Force, and Guest Lecturer at the Howard University School of Law and Howard University School of Business Annual Real Estate Week.
Mr. Karim received his J.D. degree from the Howard University School of Law and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering also from Howard where he became the first undergraduate student to serve two terms on the University’s Board of Trustees, alongside such notables as former Secretary of State General Colin L. Powell, Black Enterprise founder Earl G. Graves, Sr., and Citigroup Chair Richard D. Parsons.
Warith EL-Amin Jumu’ah
Warith EL-Amin Jumu’ah is a Morgan State University graduate, fashion and lifestyle brand owner, inspirational speaker, second generation Muslim, and a Passionate Rebel.
With his fashion and lifestyle brand, Warith inspires people to “Rebel Against Not Following Their Passion.” Knowing the struggles of living in an urban community, fighting to find ways to create a positive life for oneself, he uses his brand to motivate people of various ages to become a Passionate Rebel. As a person of purpose, Warith follows his dreams to change the world.
Under the leadership of Warith Jumu’ah, Passionate Rebel serves a phenomenal, & much needed example for all people; specifically, youth who aspire to use their passion to become an entrepreneur.
Creating inspirational apparel and utilizing motivational talks, Passionate Rebel, offers students and adults encouragement to follow their passion. Passionate Rebel is an example for overcoming obstacles and distractions. With the many challenges our youth encounter in the 21st century, Passionate Rebel stands as a welcoming entity helping numerous individuals follow their dream.