Abdul Hasib Azizi ("Zi")
Real Estate Broker, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty
Topic: Zi spoke on the situation in Afghanistan, where his family still resides.
Born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan, Zi’s early life was marked by extreme hardship. In 1994 during the Jihadist war to seize Afghanistan, four-year old Zi was wounded when a bullet grazed his head during a firefight. His father also was wounded and their house burned in a rocket attack. As a young boy, Zi helped support his family by selling cooking oil on the streets of Kabul. The Taliban era brought greater hardships for the family when Zi’s mother was forced to quit the job she had held for 20 years at a bank and his father was briefly jailed. During this time, Zi began to learn English by watching American movies broadcast from a black-market satellite dish installed at night and removed before dawn to avoid punishment by the Taliban.
U.S. Special Operations Forces liberated Afghanistan from the Taliban in 2001 and Zi and his family became engaged in supporting coalition efforts. At age17, FedEx hired Zi to deliver packages to the U.S. military and he soon become manager of the FedEx operation serving coalition military and defense contractors. Graduating from the Swiss University for Management, Economics and Finance in Kabul with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2013, Zi began working for an Orlando-based U.S. defense contractor that handled programs teaching literacy to the Afghan military.
In 2013, Zi was accepted at St. Petersburg College, and in 2015, he became a licensed real estate professional. An ambassador to the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Zi brings a cross-cultural outlook to clients from around the world. He gives back to his adopted community as an active and proud member of Rotary International. Zi was recognized as Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, FL in 2022.
Art Talk with Alice Ferrulo
An Art Installation Presented by Alvina Miller and Fifth Third Bank.
Immerse yourself into a local art installation featuring an emerging artist, representing the Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA).
Alice says "Saving Violet Hughes is an abstract mixed media work that takes us into the complex psyche of Violet Hughes, where we discover alternating patterns on light, darkness, and finally, release."
Wednesday September 21
5:30PM - 7:30PM
Fifth Third Bank Northeast Park
3901 4TH St. N
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Light refreshments will be served.
We'll announce the recipients of our Annual Fundraiser at this event!
You can use this link to R.S.V.P., or you can contact Alvina Miller directly.
Say hello when you see Alvina at the event!
Danielle Garcia came to the Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) after serving for several years at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, FL. As a Museum Educator and Accessibility Coordinator, Danielle primarily worked with visitors from diverse communities and with diverse abilities, ensuring that museum experiences are welcoming, inclusive, and accessible to all. Danielle graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Florida and has experience in museum education, curatorial work, and studio arts at Princeton University Art Museum, the Harn Museum of Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
In January 2022, Danielle opened the Pruitt Arts Education Center on the Deuces Corridor of St. Petersburg, FL, offering multidisciplinary arts classes to adults and children, including classes like Classical Mosaic Art, Versatile Screen Printing, and the Sunset Lecture Series: Bringing Art History to Life with Danielle Garcia. Her most recent achievement at WADA is launching its very first summer arts camp throughout June and July for children ages 7 -11 years old, with scholarship opportunities, because everyone deserves access to the arts. Danielle is very excited to work with WADA's new Executive Director, Markus Gottschlich, to continue expanding and innovating arts education on the WADA campus and beyond.
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