He is juggling the operation of two store locations and a newborn child, and now Rahim Khudabux also has a new title.
The owner of Max Furniture has been named the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce’s member of the year for 2020.
Khudabux is preparing to open a new expanded location at 3460 Quadra St., while operating his current store and getting used to the job of being a dad for the first time. But he has clearly still made time to have an impact on the chamber as the award recognizes volunteer work done on behalf of the organization.
“This is overwhelming. I was in a bit of shock when I found out they had voted on it,” Khudabux said. “I’m still in a kind of shock. I mean, I always feel it is people with way more experience and who have accomplished way more things than me that win awards like this.
“In a way I feel like I’m still just starting out in business. The success target always moves and I always think you never really achieve success, so I feel overwhelmed, appreciative, happy — all the emotions.”
Khudabux opened Max Furniture at 2745 Bridge St. in 2008 and in February that store will close when he opens a 9,000 square foot space in the space that used to house Fuzzy Wuzzy Carpets.
Khudabux said it has been a team effort to grow the business, and the award is a reflection of that team effort.
“I’m definitely happy with where the business has grown to, but at the same time I feel we have a long way to go and in some ways I feel like we are just getting started,” he said.
Khudabux said his team of six staff, which will grow when they take over the larger location, make it possible for him to volunteer for the chamber and get involved in the community.
Khudabux has served on the Chamber’s board of directors for the last two years and held roles with the Prodigy Group, which caters to younger members, as well as ambassador and auction committees.
“Rahim is passionate about the Chamber and an awesome role model for other members,” said chamber chair Dan Dagg.
“He really maximizes his chamber membership by being a positive voice at many of our events. In all of his roles, and with every interaction, he helps our members build connections and participate more meaningfully in our community.”
Khudabux said that kind of commitment was instilled in him by his mentor, Al Hasham, a man he credits with driving him to get engaged in the community as a person and as a business.