A Fist Full of Success
Born in Melaka, Malaysia, Murat grew up in a family of limited means whose goal for him was to simply get decent factory work like so many of his relatives. He learned quickly to strive for his absolute best and that education was an opportunity to change his circumstances. He always had a dream to pursue higher education outside of Malaysia, but due to financial constraints, he opted to obtain a full-time job after high school. He overcame many hardships to obtain employment at a hotel, which started his career in hotel management. He held increasingly responsible positions in Food and Beverage Management and Reservations in Malaysia, and his stellar performance in these positions earned him a scholarship awarded to him by his employer. He went to college and earned a diploma in Hotel and Catering Management in 1994. After a successful stint as a Sales Manager at a hotel in Vietnam, Murat was finally ready to take his talents away from Southeast Asia and arrived in the United States in 2000 with two suitcases, a fistful of cash, and a dream. After a few positions in hotel management in and around San Francisco, he left the industry to pursue higher education, but stopped out after finishing his lower division coursework to refocus his career goals. In 2005 he began a successful career in banking, and has been awarded several accolades since for his work in sales and business relationships. Murat began his studies at Golden Gate University in 2010, determined to finally complete the degree that had eluded him these long years. Like so many Golden Gate undergraduates, Murat juggled a career, life, and school obligations, but the hard work paid off when he landed on the Dean's List while maintaining his position in the top three percent of performers in his company.
He says, "Lifelong dreams do come true, and if I can make it, others can too. I hope my story will inspire others to achieve their dreams too. Nothing is too late in life."