2012 Hall of Fame: Babak Ghaznavi
If the saying "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" applies to anyone, it applies to Babak Ghaznavi, president of Paul's TV.
When Ghaznavi was 14, his father, who was working at a petrochemical company in Iran, wanted a better life for his son. Not knowing much about America or its education system, he randomly chose a military school in Missouri and sent Ghaznavi there. The place had its fair share of troublemakers who saw Ghaznavi, who couldn't speak English and was small for his age, as a prime target for their taunts and bullying. Ghaznavi took his lumps, but he was a quick study and learned to navigate his way through the tough environment. It took him only two years to graduate.
"That has a lot to do with who I've become today," he said, regarding his ability to cope with adversity, turn a problem into a success and work hard for the best result. "I'm a survivor."