DUBLIN − Besides having a mind for numbers, Harry Mankabadi has always had a heart for helping others, so when he came across a professional field that incorporated both, he didn’t think twice about getting involved. “In school, my main subject of study was engineering, but I’ve always had an interest in the health care field,” he says. “My grandfather was a doctor, and he had a tremendous influence on me. I was always fascinated by the way he was able to improve people’s lives with his work. My hope was to find a career that would offer a similar opportunity to care for others while allowing me to utilize my engineering skills as well.”
Eventually, Harry found a profession that fulfilled these conditions and then some. “In my mind, the eye care industry represents the link between engineering, arts and health care,” he explains. “It incorporates engineering through the process of lens design and production, allows me to be artistic when it comes to picking out attractive frames, and addresses the customer’s health with preventative examinations.” Today, as manager of Site for Sore Eyes – Dublin, Harry continues to appreciate the multifaceted character of his career as he assists Bay Area residents with their vision care needs.
Harry was born in Egypt, but he spent much of his young life living in Atlanta, Georgia, before coming to the West Coast to complete his post-graduate degree. After 10 years in the Bay Area—where he lives with his wife, Sherri, and sons, Kareem and Joseph—he says he appreciates the region’s cultural diversity most of all. “Besides being home to an incredibly diverse population, the Bay Area is also a prominent tourist destination, so I get the opportunity to meet a wide assortment of people.”
Outside of work, Harry engages in a variety of activities, from traveling with his family to playing soccer and basketball with friends. In addition, he’s made a hobby out of ongoing self-improvement. “Every year, I try to learn a new skill,” he explains. “In just the last two years, I’ve learned to speak German and play the piano.” As a means of broadening his horizons, Harry considers his unusual hobby a valuable exercise for personal development. “Obviously, you can’t master everything, but I think continually learning and developing new skills definitely makes you better equipped to communicate with others and give back to your community.”
When asked the first thing he would do if he could retire tomorrow, Harry says he would start tapering down to a slower pace of life. “We consider our business one of the fastest service providers in the industry, and that designation comes with a certain level of stress and pressure. So, if I retired tomorrow, I would definitely slow down a bit. Maybe I’d start by spending a few days reading by the ocean.”