Wadih Fares arrived in his adopted home of Halifax 30 years ago as civil war broke out in his native Lebanon. His professional journey has the makings of a legend as he progressed from starting as a young engineering student who spoke very little English to becoming one of the top real estate developers on the East Coast. Wadih remembers one of his earliest work experiences in Halifax was as a banquet server in a downtown hotel. He developed a strong respect for the hospitality industry while in that position and continues to carry the broader lessons he learned there in his current role as President and CEO of WM Fares Group. His company has built a number of the leading hotels in Halifax over the past twenty years.