About The Book
Bumbling with the Arabs All the Way to the Bank chronicles the true story of two young, naïve Houston real estate go-getters as they rub elbows with some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in the Middle East.
In 1980, Ben Koshkin and his business partner bumbled into a real estate deal and ended up with a Kuwaiti billionaire as a partner. Through this partnership, Koshkin befriended the undersecretary to the oil minister of Kuwait. For four years, if the undersecretary didn’t sign the contract, Kuwait didn’t sell the oil.
Throughout the eighties, Koshkin and his partner closed over 250 million dollars’ worth of business with the Arabs and experienced firsthand a culture the United States still doesn’t fully understand. After every trip to the Middle East, men in dark suits, sporting sunglasses and short haircuts, would line up outside their Houston office to ask questions about their business overseas and the people they met on their trips.
Bumbling with the Arabs All the Way to the Bank documents experiences and encounters most people will never come close to experiencing in a hundred lifetimes. At times, these stories were hard for even Ben Koshkin to believe-and he lived them!
About The Author
Ben Koshkin graduated from Lamar University in 1967 with a BBA in marketing and economics, and received an MBA in finance and industrial relations from the University of Michigan in 1969. Mr. Koshkin has worked in real estate for over four decades and has brokered over one billion dollars in land sales. He owned and operated one of the most extensive home repair operations in Houston during the late 1980s and started his first land development forty-two years ago. Previously he taught evening real estate courses at Houston Community College, yet his body of work extends far beyond Houston’s city limits. Currently Mr. Koshkin consults on land development in the Houston area and is involved with numerous service and charitable organizations. He has served on various committees for the Houston Association of Realtors, the City of Houston (Mayor’s Committee on Americans with Disabilities Act), and Habitat for Humanity, as well as serving as chairman of Service Organization Benefiting Recovery, director of various Municipal Utility Districts and homeowners’ associations, and president of the Houston Executives Breakfast Club.
Mr. Koshkin and his wife still reside in the Houston area. When not working or serving in his areas of expertise, he spends time with his family and longtime friends.