Fayez Roger Abboud

Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance

College/School: College of Business

Born in Brazil, Fayez Abboud was 7 when his family moved to Miami. Not knowing English and struggling with a new culture, he was placed in a special education program where he was expected to do just the bare-minimum.

During a 2006 summer break in Lebanon, a war broke out, with Fayez and his family in the middle of it. Feeling the neighboring buildings collapse from the warfare forever shaped 13-year old Fayez. The family was grateful to relatives and even strangers who helped them get back to the U.S.

Fayez says he will always remember the importance of helping others. In high school, he spent many hours mentoring residents at a children’s home called His House.

In the Abboud family, a business degree is a key to success so Fayez came to FIU to earn his, majoring in finance with a minor in business analytics, while earning a 3.7 GPA.

Combined with the knowledge and connections gained through FIU, he began a partnership between his family’s import-export business and toymaker Hasbro. Since 2012, it has resulted in more than 1,200 toys being donated to children in need in the Miami area.

Fayez has been working part-time at Lynx Development Group in Coral Gables and has been offered a full-time position where he will be working with top developers. He is also hoping to enter FIU’s MBA program.

By Jane Schreier Jones