This Canadian was born in Ipran to a family of six children. His father was a well respected academic at the University of Teheran, where he taught as Professor of Agriculture. He was also a hard-nosed social activist, always interested in issues related to social justice. Fred has said, "world politics were on our breakfast table daily." It comes as no surprise then, that Fred was a very good student, with a very active life ahead of him
Fred caught the eye of his country with his academic achievements, finishing at the top of his high school class, and then going on to King's College (Cambridge University) in England under the encouragement of the then Shah of Iran. Here again, he finished at the top of his class, while earning an engineering degree. On his return to Iran, his father told him the Shah Reza Pahlavi would probably offer him a reward for his success and that if this occurred he should ask for 50 hectares of land in the richly fertile area of Gorgan, north of Teheran. After a two hour audience with the Shah, Fred at 22, was a millionaire.
Fred moved to Toronto in 1967 with his wife. Settling in North York, together they raised their two sons who were always appreciative of the love, positive energy, and adventures they shared together. Not having the same opportunities available in his native, Iran, Fred was fortunate to afford his family all the privileges available to them when he moved to Canada - travelling, camp and sports for the kids, and enjoying all the cultural offerings of Toronto. Family life played such a big role for Fred, he was able to encourage his mother and siblings to join him in Toronto and was forever surrounded by loved ones.
Fred established himself quickly as a business entrepreneur, and acquired wealth by applying his unique engineering talents, proving to have the know-how and the ambition. He was lured by the fuel injection, diesel engine and heavy equipment industries to bring his expertise to other firms.
He became the president of Diesel Auto Parts, representing CAV, American Bosh, Rosa Master, AEC Diesel Engines, Leyland and ended as Chair of the Caspian Trading Company, the Iranian sales and service division of Massey Ferguson. He was selling 90 percent of all Massey Ferguson equipment in Iran and asked for a 50 percent share in the company, but this was refused. So he quit and started his own business selling fuel injectors for Mercedes Benz cars and Leyland double-decker buses. He sold a lot of fuel injectors. He had 17 outlets across Tehran and also cornered the markets in Cairo, Baghdad and Beirut. Fred established himself quickly as a business entrepreneur, and acquired wealth by applying his unique engineering talents, proving to have the know-how and the ambition. He was lured by the fuel injection, diesel engine and heavy equipment industries to bring his expertise to other firms.
Later he would put his talent to work for society in Canada. Fred is an achiever.