Kevin Bahnam immigrated to the United States from Iraq to escape instability and pursue the American Dream. In 1994, he arrived on Michigan soil. He was just 21 years old, but he already had retail experience under his belt as the operator of an antique store back home. He dove in to the retail video-rental industry with his brother-in-law, Mike Koza, and soon found himself the part owner of five Mammoth Videos locations.
But by 2000, he sensed the end of their business model was in sight.