LOS ANGELES — Oak Ridge and recent UCLA graduate Amjed Aboukhadijeh, like his brother Feross, is making it big right out of college.
While Feross made an immediate impact in the tech world, selling his startup PeerCDN to internet giant Yahoo, Amjed and his partners recently turned down an offer of acquisition from Fortune 500 giant MassMutual.
During Amjed’s senior year at UCLA, he was approached by brothers Nick and Adam Hurley who sold him on the idea of creating a business to address the problems facing the nation as the baby boomer generation starts to retire.
It wasn’t long before the company Hurley Brothers LLC was formed to service clients nationwide to re-invent the way that Americans retire.
With their extensive background in business, the Hurleys knew the right people to help with the legalities of starting a corporation. Amjed’s biggest contribution to the firm came by traveling throughout the state and prospecting potential from the top universities in the country. In short time he managed to recruit nearly 100 of the brightest young minds from a range of backgrounds.
After an intensive interview process, that list was narrowed down to 27 full-time licensed agents ready to challenge the industry’s biggest names.
Their intent on opening a second office in Northern California in early 2015 sparked the attention of MassMutual, a Fortune 500 Company, who was rebuffed in its attempts to acquire Hurley Brothers LLC — but not before Amjed and his partners faced the biggest decision of their life: sell the company they put their heart and sweat into or risk turning down an opportunity of a lifetime.
The offer was declined, “we are in this for the long haul” Amjed said.
Both Amjed and Feross excelled at Oak Ridge in cross-country and track.