We had the good fortune of connecting with Nafeel Ahmed and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nafeel, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have worked in marketing in branding for more than 10 years, building email lists and learning how social media is the most powerful tool in marketing. I’ve always wanted to open up a spot where people can make great memories and be themselves. A hub place for people of all backgrounds to come together and have an amazing time. Additionally, I own a marketing social media management company where I help other businesses expand using one of the most powerful marketing tools. Ibiza had its success not just because there is always a great vibe in there, but because of the work me and my team put in on the social media aspect to expand our reach.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a business owner and marketing expert. No one gets the cherry on top of the cake right away, and I was no exception. I am from the Middle East and am also Muslim. My father was not to excited about my career choice as nightclub owner and promoter and most importantly, about consuming alcohol since these practices were all against my culture and religious convictions. Despite these hardships, I overcame the judgements and self-doubt and decided to embark on this opportunity of opening a lounge bar in Duluth as the location is well-known for bringing in a diverse crowd.
Today, after our million-dollar renovation, Ibiza is the most in-demand venue for private events and parties, with a staggering number of 48,000 check-ins on Facebook, and a 4.2 star ratings on Google with 835 reviews.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Atlanta is great place to explore. I would take him to check out Stone Mountain, Mercedes Benz stadium, Georgia Aquarium and Coca Kola factory. I would definitely recommend my place Ibiza Lounge to eat drink and vibe to good music.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Firstly, I like to thank God for never giving up on me. Secondly, my amazing Ibiza team & partners that always been there to support me over the years allowing me to live up to my full potential.