Written by The Business Journal Staff
Amir Khajavi, Founder
What we do: ReZCom Group is a professional networking and business referral organization.
Education: 2-plus years in sales and networking throughout California
Family: Married 18-plus years to Anissa Khajavi; five children: Boaz, Gabbie, Angelina, Jakin & Tytus
Tell us a little about your career to your current position, Amir.
Being a telecom manager for more than 20 years enabled me to network with various organizations and Chambers throughout California in order to secure large communication projects. I also had many side projects as an independent business consultant helping family and friends with their businesses for more than 10 years. Frustrated with how the majority of lead groups and Chambers operated, I formed my own business referral organization. As the founder, this allows me to operate meaningful networking events while also sharing business-mentoring advice.
Where did the idea for the ReZCom Group come from, Amir?
So many networking groups just host mixers and breakfasts. They felt “cliquey” and I seemed to always be the outsider. I wanted to join a referral organization where people not only knew me, but they cared about my business success. I wrote down everything I hated about networking and then everything I loved about it. When I formed ReZCom, I basically put the good stuff in and took the bad stuff out!
How has business been so far, Amir?
I always tell everyone ReZCom blew up in my face. In less than a year I went from zero to 100 members, four groups in the Central Valley and one group in the East Bay. I foresee nothing but growth from here.
What is the power of a referral in business, Amir?
A referral is the most powerful way to get business. As business professionals, the ultimate goal is to get our phone to ring. No more cold calls. No more advertising. We strive to build a network so vast that word-of-mouth business can not only sustain us, but also help us grow beyond the boundaries of the Central Valley.
Who are the clients of the ReZCom Group, Amir?
Our members are business owners, sales professionals, network marketers, contractors — almost any type of industry you can think of.
What’s in the future for your business?
Franchising. In the Central Valley, we currently have groups in Fresno, Clovis, Selma and Madera. We will be opening up Tulare and Kings counties in 2016. Beyond that, our East Bay groups will be expanding into Antioch and Contra Costa. People in Southern California and the Bay Area have also been knocking on our doors.
What was the best advice you ever received, Amir?
If you are not networking, you are not working.
What are your roots in the Central Valley?
I have lived in Fresno nearly all my life.
What was your very first job and what did you learn from it?
My family has owned restaurants throughout Fresno for many years. My first job was washing dishes at my family’s diner at the age of 12. At the time, I hated it. But it taught me how to be an entrepreneur with good work ethic. I remember watching my dad cook and my mom waitress. Today, the Fresno Breakfast House is one of the most successful restaurants and catering companies in Fresno.
What do you like to do in your spare time, Amir?
I absolutely love traveling with my family. My dream is to have ReZCom groups all over the country so I can visit them with my wife and kids.