To tell the story of Red Elephant is to tell the story of Afrin and Iman.
When we first founded Red Elephant, it was an event planning company with a focus on grand, mostly Indian weddings. And we were damn good at it.
But it wasn’t much of a challenge. We wanted to take our gift for putting on amazing events, and use it to make the world a better place. Our strongly held belief is that entrepreneurs make the biggest social impact on the planet.
We decided that the best way for us to make a large social impact was to empower entrepreneurs through the power of live events and speaking, so that they could go and create social change on an even larger scale within their communities.
We were now in business, real business, and like most entrepreneurs, our story was one of struggle.
A few years ago, we were sitting in a friend’s home after being displaced by Hurricane Sandy, debating whether to get jobs or not because we couldn’t figure it out.
We had just lost over 35 years of our belongings, including irreplaceable things like our pictures, yearbooks, treasured gifts and mementos.
Then, in a flash, it dawned on us. We should become our own clients and begin practicing what we teach and preach. We don’t know why we didn’t think of this sooner. Sometimes the hardest advice to take is your own.
We began speaking, everywhere we could until we got more clients. We began doing our own events with no investment capital, and closed $75,000 from our first event. In 3 short months, we went from the brink of bankruptcy to six-figures.
We’re now in the seven-figures and growing.
Between the two of us, we have directed over 250 events over the past 5 years, including affairs for Sir Richard Branson and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mohammad Yunus. We want to share with you the power of speaking and events. We invite you to join us and take your business somewhere you’ve only dreamed possible, and BEYOND.
To your success,
Afrin & Iman Khan
P.S. And by the way yes, we are married. We’ve known each other since we were babies. We were best friends our whole life and romance was never going to happen for us. Until one day, Afrin smelled the coffee, wafted it under Iman’s nose, and the rest, as they say is history. Our son Jibraan, is now eight years old. :).