Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Building on a Family Tradition: 1st Oklahoma Construction in Norman an Example of American Dream

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Building on a Family Tradition: 1st Oklahoma Construction in Norman an Example of American Dream

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Ali Farzaneh started 1st Oklahoma Construction in Norman in 2005, he was following a family tradition.

His father, Jafar Farzaneh, was a career builder, first in Iran and then in Oklahoma.

His two older brothers, Jalal and Mohammad Farzaneh, founded the homebuilding company Home Creations in the early 1980s.

In eight years, Ali Farzaneh has developed 1st Oklahoma Construction into a successful company. His company was selected for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's 2013 Metro 50 list.

The Metro 50 event, which showcases Oklahoma City's fastest- growing private companies, is set for Sept. 23 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The ranking of all of the Metro 50 winners will be announced that evening. Qualified companies are required to have revenues of at least $1 million for the previous year and are ranked based on their percentage of annual growth.

Ali Farzaneh said his company will build about 50 homes this year.

"I started as a spec builder, but as we started going forward and people saw our quality we started getting a lot of custom jobs," he said. "We have grown into a spec-custom homebuilder."

He works in four subdivisions - two in Norman, one in northwest Oklahoma City and one in Newcastle. His homes range from about 1,700 square feet to 2,500 or 2,700 square feet for speculative building.

Some custom building is for larger homes.

"I just met with someone who wants to build a 4,000-square-foot home," Farzaneh said. "But in our subdivisions we are not building that big of a home."

Ali Farzaneh was born in Iran and came to the United States when he was a teenager. He graduated from high school in Norman. He started in the construction business working with his two older brothers.

"All of the jobs I did were in construction or computer science," he said. "When I was doing computer programming, it was related to construction."

His father, Jafar Farzaneh, started building in Iran while he was in his early 20s. His father's main focus was homebuilding, but he also did some commercial construction.

"My dad migrated to the United States in the early 1990s and started his homebuilding company in Norman," Ali Farzaneh said. …

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