Washington Post Highlights Henok Tesfaye
New York (Tadias) – The Washington Post Feature Henok Tesfaye, an Ethiopian American Parking mogul who started in valet-parking to become one of the biggest players in washington, D.C.’s parking industry.
Tesfaye’s Company, U Street Parking, has been “awarded a lucrative contract to oversee 37,000 public parking spaces at Dulles International and Reagan National airports, including four garages, three surface lots and a valet service.”
Tesfaye, Whom Tadias highlighted last year when he hosted a fundraiser for the reelection bid of mayor Adrian M. Fenty at Etete, said winning the business was an emotional experience. “When I got the call that we had got the contract, I cried, ” Henok told the paper, from his office in a rowhouse on Rhode Island Avenue NE. “We were a long shot. we’ve always been a long shot. “
But those who know him in the community consider him to be a trailblazer.
“He’s leading young entrepreneur in our community. . . . I know him when he was a parking attendant, and is’s great to see these types of businesses grow,” said Dereje Desta, the publisher of Zethiopia, an Ethiopian newspaper in the District.