Zaf Rahaman: Owner, Founder & really nice guy..
Who else to write my own profile but me? My name is Zaf and I’m the owner of Forward Multimedia. Together all the employees plus myself totals one. That has it’s own benefits because clients get personal attention, don’t have to go through anyone to talk to me and can hold me accountable directly.
I was born and raised in Trinidad but moved to New York just after I got married and lived in the Richmond Hill/Ozone Park area for ten years. I returned to Trinidad with my family (wife, son and daughter) in October 2010, and settled back in my hometown of Princes Town where I still am today.
My background is in business and accounting, having gone to School of Accounting and Management (SAM’s) in St. Augustine after A Levels. I had always been an underachiever, never ‘living up to my potential’ (so my mother and teachers said), so it was unexpected to catch the attention of SAM’s owner when he came to class saying “who is Zaffar Rahaman”. I had scored the highest mark in our first Cost Accounting class test.
Being suddenly smart I continued to excel, ultimately being offered to teach Accounting at the school as a Junior Lecturer for a short time as I quickly switched to teaching Cost & Management Accounting which continued for a few years.
Life is truly funny as I did sciences for O levels at St. Stephen’s College in Princes Town and hated every minute of it. I was lost in Physics class the very first day. It made me understand how we are all different and good at different things which makes us better than one another only in those areas but without diminishing our own value.
From business and accounting to website design— seems accidental but in life there are no accidents…
I was still in New York and a friend asked me to help build a website since I ‘knew about computers’. Never mind that I didn’t know about computers any more than the next guy, but I figured I would still try to help.
So I started the website using Go Daddy’s ‘Website Tonight’ package which was their website builder at the time. I don’t remember how or why I chose Go Daddy or if I did choose as it may be that my friend had found them.
Anyway, I started using the builder but found that it was limiting me from doing what I wanted because I couldn’t layout things the thought they should be.
So I began to look for ways for more control and realized that the way was a set-up that would allow me to use raw website code- HTML. That started me on my quest for website knowledge, where I learnt more about the language of the web and the way websites work.
The first websites I used to do were static sites, i.e. any changes to the pages had to be made in the coding then re-uploaded to the server. I found Adobe’s Dreamweaver website building software and began to use it.
Google searching for coding info led me to a blogger in California who became my mentor. He advised me to try WordPress but after I did my first test installation I gave up as I couldn’t understand anything. That same WordPress dashboard I couldn’t make head or tails of then gives me so much comfort today.
Eventually I gave it another try by building the website of the company I was working for and that’s when it slowly started to make sense. The rest, as they say, is history… and here I am today. ♦♦♦
Why We Should Talk
No matter how upfront and earnest I can be on these pages nothing can replace plain old one on one. I guarantee you after we talk that you’ll be absolutely convinced that I’m the best guy to handle your website because no one else does it like me. That’s not an idle boast or sales puff, that’s just the truth.