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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
Khosrow Semnani is not your average businessman. He collects, stores, processes and safely disposes of waste, but not just any ordinary waste — low-level nuclear waste. Khosrow is president of Envirocare of Utah, Inc., a safe, nuclear waste disposal facility located in Utah's West Desert. Khosrow started at the bottom of the corporate ladder and has steadily worked his way up.
Khosrow, or "Khos," came to America from Iran with just $47 in his pocket. After arriving in Utah, Khos found several jobs working as a janitor, apartment cleaner and a teaching assistant. He worked hard and eventually received a master's degree in Engineering Administration from the University of Utah. Khos then began working for Kennecott as a research chemist and later worked for both Thatcher Chemical and Sperry-Univac.
When the Department of Energy finished disposing the Vitro uranium tailings in 1988, Khos realized there was a need to provide safe solutions for chemical and nuclear waste disposal. Envirocare of Utah became that solution and safely disposes of this waste from government and private organizations on 500 acres of tested and approved land. Envirocare operates on all of the land and has more than 230 employees. Khos tells me Envirocare prides itself on its true environmentalist attitude.
Khos loves to help others, especially since so many people helped him get to where he is now. He is the sole supporter of the Semnani Foundation and gives more than $1 million each year to national and international charitable organizations, including the Red Cross and LDS Charities.
Khos tells me he is very interested in helping the Iranian people gain freedom and democracy. He actively works to educate others about Iran and its need for peace and says his philosophy is that anyone who can help, should help.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.