The GRIDSMART family lost one of our own on July 27th as Mansoor Asif of Waleed Associates in the Sultanate of Oman passed away.
Mansoor was an early adopter of GRIDSMART as he understood his business well and had a vision of how to take care of his customers. Much more important than that, he was a good man. Mansoor was one of those guys who just made you feel at ease anytime you were with him.
As a Westerner in the Middle East, there was a time or two when I felt out of place and a smile from Mansoor brought me back to a state of ease. We were fortunate that he was able to join us in Knoxville for INTERSECT15. After seeing his world, we got to show him a bit of how we roll on Rocky Top. He had a good time here and told me so. I am glad we had the chance to host him, happy that he got to see our home. I am grateful I got the chance to know him. He was a very good man. Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends at Waleed and more meaningfully, with his family. We are sorry for your loss.
Rest well my friend, from everyone at GRIDSMART.
Mansoor made the trip from Oman to Knoxville, Tennessee for INTERSECT in October 2015. The group enjoyed dinner at Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee. Mansoor is in middle of the second row (behind Bill Malkes and wearing a black coat with a purple sweater and white shirt).