In 1974, Midamar was organized specifically as an International Development company. The principles of service, dependability, and honesty that have guided Midamar through the years were learned from Haj Yahya Aossey's life as an immigrant to the United States in the early 1900's. Haj Yahya Aossey was the father of Midamar Founder William "Bill" Aossey Jr.
In 1907, Yahya Aossey, a young man 16 years, left the Lebanon region of Syria to immigrate to the "Promised Land" of America and to the heartland of the U.S.A. With no formal education and the inability to read or write, Yahya settled in Iowa as a farm-hand for German immigrant farmers. Lacking worldly knowledge, he was unaware that during his first two years with his adopted German family, he was learning the German language instead of English, the native language of the United States. During this time he was also "given" a new American name of William.
He was later sent to a small town to work as a stock boy in a grocery store. Within seven years he managed to save his salary and buy a horse and buggy which he was very proud of.
Rural Iowa had only been settled for about 50 years at that time. It was a beautiful vast countryside with great distances between small towns which were populated by isolated farming families. With the horse and buggy, he was able to travel throughout the state of Iowa selling a variety of food products, as well as household and farming supplies. Excellent service and quality products were the only means for his survival and the keys to his success. Yahya Aossey, utilizing the horse and buggy, managed to succeed without the comforts of electricity, phones, and modern conveniences. Today, fax, e-mail, and the Internet are integral parts of business communication. As a young man, Yahya Aossey quickly learned the necessity of dependability, honesty and integrity. Without the opportunity to obtain a formal education, he learned early on that if the business owner takes care of the customer, customer loyalty will develop and strengthen.
There were some very basic principles that the Senior Aossey handed down to his sons. First, keep business simple! Take care of the customers and give them the best quality and service imaginable; this is the only way they will come back to you! Second, each citizen must pay his taxes since it is an obligation to support this "new country" that provides for its citizens. Third, all suppliers and the bank must be paid on time because they supply the products and services that help grow your business. Good relations and excellent credit are vital aspects of a company's success. History has taught us that if you follows these simple principles of operation, the result will be much success and satisfaction between the business parties involved, your customers, and your company.
Yahya Aossey’s youngest son, Bill Aossey, the founder of Midamar graduated in 1961, and was the first Muslim to join the Peace Corps. He coached the Senegalese Olympic Wrestling team, and later volunteered his services to numerous African, Middle Eastern and East Asian developing countries. While in Vietnam, in the mid 1960s, he was offered an opportunity to teach in Saudi Arabia.
With a keen understanding of international needs and demands particularly for agricultural products, Bill Aossey returned to the USA in the late 1960s to establish Midamar Corporation. As young children Bill’s sons often accompanied him on overseas business trips. Later, as Midamar grew, Bill Aosseys sons, Jalel and Yahya Aossey joined to manage the operations. Currently Jalel and Yahya Aossey are the owners and managing directors of Midamar.
Jalel and Yahya learned a lot from their grandfather, soaking up his pearls of wisdom and traditions passed on by their father and uncles. His work ethic and philosophies are often cited and put into practice. And their father Bill Aossey has shared his vast experience in international business with his sons. History has proven time and again that treating customers and suppliers respectfully and providing products of uncompromising quality and excellence in customer service, will lead to growth and success in the USA and beyond.