Each month, we pose 10 questions to an intriguing resident of the Texas Coast.
Ekram Khan is CEO of Cieos, a company specializing in digital services for dental practices. He lives with his wife and children in League City.
Who is your hero? My father. He taught me about sacrifice. He gave up a career as a prominent physician in Bangladesh to immigrate to the United States in 1973 in order to give his six children the best opportunities for education and advancement. While he prepared for his medical licensing exam in the U.S., he worked as a nurse’s assistant in local hospitals. He started over a life for his children.
What are you most proud of? I’m most proud of being a father and husband. There is no higher accomplishment than to deserve the love of your family.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’m a workaholic and have been trying to take more time off. I want to enjoy more leisure time.
Where would you like to grow old? Right here in Texas. I spent the bulk of my life in New Jersey and outside New York City. When we moved here in 2009, we were amazed at the wide open spaces just a few miles outside of Houston. I would love to retire on a ranch property with at least 10 acres.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Steak. My doctors tell me I should limit red meat consumption, but I am a Texan now and have so many great steakhouses to choose from.
What skills would you like to possess? I would like to get my pilot’s license. I travel quite a bit on business and have been fascinated by flying since I was a child.
Something no one knows about you? I’m afraid of the dark. It was the one fear I had to work extra hard to conquer and still have issues with — but don’t tell my kids. I think it all started when I watched too many monster movies on the weekend as a child.
What song is your personal anthem? “Imagine” by John Lennon. We need that sentiment more than ever now. I try to live my life in a way that I can bring peace and happiness to those around me.
Last meal you made. Baked salmon with a lemon pepper glaze. The kids challenged me to cook a fish that they would actually eat. There were no leftovers.
Describe a favorite memory in 10 words or less. Witnessing the births of my son and daughter.