Our History

When her two youngest children were off at school, Farah Majidzadeh wanted to take on a new challenge and was exploring many business opportunities. Her husband, Kamran Majidzadeh, a professor at The Ohio State University, was invited to present a paper at the second International Conference on Pavement Design, held in London, England, in 1972. Farah attended the conference with her husband, and was fascinated by the new state-of-the-art, non-destructive, and non-intrusive pavement testing technologies being developed in Europe at the time.

Upon return from the conference, Kamran began to do research on the first generation of a pavement testing equipment called Dynaflect and was exploring its application in road maintenance. He was keeping the new equipment in their home garage at the time, and Farah had decided she would like to market the product.

On her own stationary, Farah sent out typed letters to various agencies, hoping for one or two responses of interest. Just two weeks later, she had her first two clients, Delaware County Engineer’s Office and the City of Worthington Engineer’s Office, who were interested in the innovative equipment. With her contracts in tow, she quickly launched a small technology firm, Resource International, Inc., from the basement of her family home with the unique capability of diagnosing the conditions of pavements.

On August 21, 1973, Resource International, Inc., Ohio Charter Number 443322, was incorporated under the laws of the State of Ohio. Rii was operated under Farah B. Majidzadeh’s leadership and control as President and Chief Executive Officer. Over the years, the firm has expanded and broadened its capabilities to include nine departments. Currently, Farah is both CEO and Chairperson of present-day Resource International, Inc. (Rii). Rii is still going strong and growing rapidly in the industry today. This year, we are celebrating our 50th anniversary milestone!