Hassan Samrhouni is the owner of Casablanca Travel and Tours, Inc,
( www.moroccotravelandtours.com), an agency that specializes in theme tours to Morocco, which he started in 1993. Three years prior, he created and manages the Washington Athletic Club, a soccer team that competes in the Washington International Soccer League and has a 10-year roster of more than 150 licensed players.
Additionally, in 1991, Mr. Samrhouni founded and serves as the president of the Washington Moroccan Club, ( www.washingtonmoroccanclub.org), an organization that sponsors intercultural, social and sporting events to promote Moroccan-American relations. Currently, he is working to create the "Morocco on the Road Caravan," a nine-week journey, beginning in June 2003, across the United States to promote Morocco in the U.S.
Born in Fes and raised in Casablanca, Hassan earned his degree in planning from Northern Virginia Community College.
He began his career playing soccer for the Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) in Casablanca from 1966 to 1979, a team which won First Division championships in 1976, 1977, and 1978, the "Coupe du Trone in 1978 and 1979, the Coupe Mohammed V in 1979 and shared the fair play trophy and the International soccer tournament championship with the national Moroccan team in Le Havre, France, in 1972.
Later, he worked at the Office de Commercialisation et d' Exportation (OCE) in Casablanca from 1972 to 1982. After that, he moved to the USA and taught Arabic at a diplomatic language academy in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Samrhouni was awarded the Wissam of National Merit in 1995 for his promotion of culture, society and sport by King Hassan II. He is married to Aicha Bensaid and has a two-year old daughter, Abla. Both parents are expecting another child soon.