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Samer Khouli

Founder, TargetCW

Samer Khouli has been involved in staffing and human resources since 1994, when he was president of Kaizen Staffing. He did that for almost 16 years before launching TargetCW in 2010, where he’s served as president and CEO since. Khouli is heavily involved in church activities and philanthropic ventures. He was a finalist for EY’s local 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year.

QUOTABLE : “Why am I CEO of TargetCW? Simply stated, I want to lead a great company that makes the world a better place and helps companies have better contingent workforce programs.”

ADVICE: He places a high value on networking: “Having somebody that refers you is like gold, because they can vouch for your character and who you are.”

FUN FACT: He was president of his high school chess club. Checkmate!