FBI Cincinnati Presents Director’s Community Leadership Award to Laith Khalaf
Special Agent in Charge Chris Hoffman, of the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), presented the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award to Columbus businessman Laith Khalaf this week.
“The FBI is proud to present this award to Laith Khalaf,” stated Special Agent in Charge Hoffman. “He is a community leader who has been motivated by his personal experiences to give back to the Central Ohio community while supporting the mission of the FBI.”
Since graduating from the FBI Citizens Academy in 2015, Mr. Khalaf has been a key partner with the FBI. On his own initiative, Mr. Khalaf developed a unique engagement program in an effort to help build trust and understanding with important community and business leaders. His assistance has increased community partnerships, raised awareness of potential threats to area businesses and non-profit organizations, and provided the FBI with important partners in the fight to prevent and investigate cybercrime, corporate espionage, complex financial crime, and violent crime.
Special Agent in Charge Chris Hoffman presents the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award to Columbus businessman Laith Khalaf.
These relationships have enhanced the FBI’s Private Sector Engagement program and provided an ongoing platform for the FBI to discuss potential risks and relevant trends while also receiving feedback from the community leaders on areas that may be concerning to them. This combination of education, information sharing, and dialogue has led to a safer, more connected region.
Laith Khalaf is also active with the Fisher College of Business honors program at The Ohio State University, the Career Closet, and the Better Business Bureau of Central Ohio’s Educational Foundation.
The Director’s Community Leadership Award was established in 1990 by the FBI to publicly recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations that make extraordinary contributions to the prevention of crime and violence in the community.
FBI Director Christopher Wray is scheduled to formally recognize Laith Khalaf during the Director’s Community Leadership Award ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in May.