The revolutionary cement company Seament is the direct result of Alexander Bouri's ambition, compassion, and intuitive entrepreneurial skills. Without him and his company, the global cement industry would have never been revolutionized and numerous countries would still be in cement/industrialization crises. His story is an inspiring one, but what's even more inspiring is the fact that in most aspects, he's an average Joe.

The oldest of eleven children, Alex Bouri is of Lebanese and Greek descent. He received his degree in Business Administration from the American University of Beirut and was active in sports. In fact, he was on the school's volleyball team. It was after his time at AUB that he relocated to Nigeria, where he began his first entrepreneurial endeavor: selling insurance. It was only his first job, but he quickly acquired the business skills to get his cement trading off the ground. What started with just a relatively small loan quickly earned him his reputation as the "Cement King" in the early 1980's.

Subsequently, he met a woman of British descent and they married. Together, they have five children: Vanda, Mark, Leila, Maurice, and Charles Bouri. Despite his busy home life, Seament Holding obviously took off, going international and manufacturing and shipping its bulk products on a global scale.

To this day, Alexander Bouri is still chairman of Seament, keeping it going with the help of his sons Maurice, Mark, and Charlie. As aforementioned, the company and its innovative ideas – namely, the floating cement terminal, for which Alex was largely responsible – changed the cement industry as we know it all around the world. It continues to be the largest independent distributor of cement worldwide and is even a friend to the other cement giants in the industry.

So where is Alex now? Still active in the industry, but spending more time with his family and on his main hobby, agriculture. Growing his own food and learning about crops occupies much of his time. He's also an avid poet and chess player. Aside from that, he's on the board of directors of Envipco, a company that is currently pioneering a new approach to recovering and reusing beverage containers. Needless to say, helping the environment and generating environmental solutions is always at the top of his list of concerns.

He's also fairly philanthropic, donating his assistance to building universities in Lebanon, lending his hand to primary schools in Nigeria, and giving out scholarships for the benefit of education all around the world.

The moral of the story is that making an impact on the world requires little more than ambition and intuitive thinking. On the exterior, Alexander Bouri is a man who has made his mark on the world, but close-up, he's just like any one of us.

 


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