Company: ILF Transportation
Location: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
NaJeebah T. Shareef, President at ILF Transportation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in philanthropy.
Ms. Shareef never expected to be in her profession. She attended the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Earth and environmental science. It was not until a chance encounter with a homeless individual that she was inspired to start her business. In just one conversation, an entirely new world opened up to Ms. Shareef. This individual informed her of the struggles that the homeless community was facing, and the most prominent of those issues was a lack of access to housing. This is what prompted her to start Inspiring Lives, Inc., which is a non-profit organization that houses homeless veterans. However, even with her help, she could see that her clients were still struggling. They had no method of transportation. She then started up ILF Transportation as a way to combat this issue and give everyone with whom she worked their best chance at starting a new life.
Since 2013, Ms. Shareef has been the president and chief executive officer at both ILF Transportation and Inspiring Lives, Inc. She attributes her success to her father, who showed her the concepts of business, and also how to remain true to who she is. In light of her accomplishments, she was named as one of the Most Interesting People by Cleveland Magazine in 2018. Additionally, she has been featured in the Cranes Cleveland Business Magazine. In the future, Ms. Shareef is looking forward to her company becoming a model for others like it. She has aspirations of helping as many people as possible, which will come to fruition the moment that her company expands to different states.
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