Rochester Hills resident Sam Kassab has been named the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce’s Businessperson of the Year.
“He created his business to serve only one customer, his 7-year-old son Danny,” said state Sen. James Marleau, R-Lake Orion, who congratulated Kassab Friday night as the award was presented at the organization’s eighth annual awards dinner at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield Township.
Danny Kassab was left a quadriplegic and required around-the-clock medical care after being struck by a car while crossing the street to go to Vacation Bible School in 1993. Unable to find quality care for Danny, Kassab started his own home health care company, Guardian Angel Health Care, with his first employees being the nurses who saved Danny’s life that tragic night.
His goal was to provide top quality, affordable care to patients with special needs. The business began to grow as Kassab’s emphasis on personal treatment resonated with people. Today, Guardian Angel Health Care has expanded into home care, hospice, medical equipment, rehabilitation and transportation services and has 15 offices located in six states.
Unfortunately, Danny Kassab passed away two years ago. There is a charity set up in his honor, the DMAN Foundation, whose goal is to provide life experiences to the physically and mentally impaired. The charity is run by one of Kassab’s other sons, Ziad, Danny’s older brother. Information on the DMAN Foundation can be found at http://mydman.org/index.html or by calling 248-267-0208 and talking to Ziad.
Kassab, a native of Iraq, immigrated to the United States in 1980. He married his wife, Faye, a year later and they have four children.
“While he is modest about his accomplishments, Sam Kassab’s work to turn personal tragedy into a successful firm helping thousands daily throughout Michigan and the United States should serve as an example to us all,” Marleau said.