At 6’7, Armon Nasseri, MBA ’22 is hard to miss. Armon left a powerful impression on teammates and competitors alike as a forward on the men’s basketball team. He poured his energy and talent into practices, workouts and games, and into his coursework as a student in the College’s Master of Business Administration program. By almost any measure, Armon is a skillful multitasker. Still, he may have surprised even himself when he found time to start a business, a beverage company called Tea Infusions, while he was a student-athlete.
The concept for the company was so strong that, earlier this year, Armon won top prize in the Dolphin Tank, the Le Moyne business incubator based on the popular NBC show Shark Tank. The young alumnus runs Tea Infusions with his brother and best friend, Irvin, and their brew is based on a Nasseri family recipe. Since launching the start-up, Armon has discovered that in the worlds of sports and business, certain truths prevail. Practice makes perfect. Teamwork is essential. And when you accomplish one goal, it’s time to set another loftier one. Tea Infusions is already in 52 different stores, but Armon is always thinking about what his next move, or play, will be.
“I want to see our tea in every grocery store (in the country),” he says. “Further down the line, I want to launch multiple Tea Infusions cafés that emphasize the customer experience so that people leave happier than when they entered. I want to be a big part of the community, to give back and, ultimately, to provide a sense of belonging.”