Awesome Washingtonian of the Day Sept 1, 2010

Name: Tabasum Lutfi (Tabby)
Live in: Northern Virginia
Originally from: Kabul, Afghanistan
Profession: Director of Operations and Co-Owner of TriVision Studios
What I love about DC area the most: I have lived in the DC metropolitan region for nearly 20 years so I have a strong bond with the city. But it’s not just my background that makes me love DC. It’s the people, the vibe, the cleanliness, and most importantly the combination of culture and politics. It’s the fact that it’s so small yet so powerful. Not to mention that despite the downturn of the economy across the country, DC is one of the only cities (if not the only city) that is actually growing, with jobs booming as government expands. Who wouldn’t want to live (or shall I say thrive) here? 🙂
My favorite Music: Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina

About me: I was born and raised in Afghanistan and moved to the states with my family when I was still in grade school. So I have had the best of both worlds. Enough of my native country to know the language and culture well, and then having the opportunity to continue and finish my education here at George Mason University. Over 16 years ago, my family and I started our own business called TriVision Studios which is now a leading marketing and media company in the region. The 15,000 square feet studio facility is located just outside of DC near Washington Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Virginia. What I love most about our business is that our line of work, (branding, video production, marketing, web solutions, printing, etc.), allows us to work with a variety of individuals and organizations in the Washington DC area, as well as around the world. My parents, three brothers and I have come a long way from where we started out and I feel like our hard work is finally paying off. A very business oriented individual, my father has always been a source of inspiration to us, constantly pushing us to reach our goals and succeed.

I am also a very active person in the Afghan-American community, representing women sports as the Women’s Volleyball Commissioner in Afghan Sports Federation (ASF), a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC with the goal to encourage sports among Afghan youths and athletes around the world. In addition, I am a member and volunteer of the Homaira Rahman Foundation (HRF) which is a charitable organization dedicated to support orphan children in Afghanistan. Becky’s Fund, a domestic violence organization, is another cause I have recently started to support.

In the little spare time that I do have, I go to the gym and play volleyball. I love sports in general – playing it, watching it, and even discussing it. Ironically at the same time I can be very girly girl. I love my time with my girlfriends – shopping, trying out different restaurants, watching movies, and traveling. I would say I am a pretty adventurous person and am always down to try out new things. That is part of the reason that makes me such an awesome Washingtonian I suppose! 🙂

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

8 Responses to Awesome Washingtonian of the Day Sept 1, 2010

  1. kamran Abdi says:

    Good Job Tabby! Have you traveled back to Afghanistan all these years? I travel a lot, but never been in your country. I am sure you can imagine why

    • Thanks 🙂 Unfortunately, I haven’t gone back myself but my parents and brothers do travel back and forth a lot. We have family in Kabul plus another TriVision branch. I do plan to go there again though just not sure when since the situation there has gone sour again…i probably should have gone when things were a little better….and yes at the moment it’s not exactly the #1 tourist destination for you to go to. 🙂

  2. Sahar bashir says:

    So proud of you tabby!! You are definitely a caring, active, and influential individual who can succeed in whatever you put your mind to! I’m sure you’ll do even bigger things in the future :-))

  3. very impresive Taby I just went though it and love it so much i wanna move to DC myself 🙂 …voted 5 & 5.

  4. Haha thank you! You should. =)

  5. Elias Shams says:

    Awesome choice of music! I’ve been listening to it over and over as blogging 🙂 Fantastico!

  6. Ray Osborn says:

    Wow…I knew you were awesome. I just didn’t know to what extent. I’m proud of you. You’ll always have my vote.

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