Munir Bahar is an exceptional individual who has demonstrated unwavering commitment and an unparalleled ability to execute his vision. He has excelled in multiple industries, including business development, construction, fitness & health, and community leadership, and serves as a true inspiration to those around him.
Media & Awards
Bahar has been recognized by major national media outlets such as MSNBC, PBS, NPR, Al Jazeera, Washington Post, and NBC. He has also been featured by many of the major news and media organizations in the Baltimore region, including the Baltimore Sun, WBAL, Fox 45, WYPR, WMAR2, CBS, The Afro, YES Magazine, The City Paper, and others. He has received several awards, including the 2014 Presidential Award for Community Leadership, the 2015 Baltimore Business Journal's 40 under 40 award, and the "William Donald Schaefer Helping People" Award in 2020. He has also been featured on NBC News and shared his views on panels with distinguished figures like Elijah Cummings, Freeman Hrabowski, and Senator Bill Ferguson.
Bahar began his construction journey by chance. In 2011, he took on a small renovation project for his first youth center, a two-story building that was once a hair salon and an upstairs apartment. He converted the space into an after-school center for youth interested in martial arts. However, just four months later, the center was displaced by a fire in the building. Despite this setback, Bahar manifested an opportunity to renovate a 6,000 sq ft abandoned historic building in southwest Baltimore. This project paved the way for Bahar's desire to establish his construction company. In 2013, the COR Construction company was established. Since then, Bahar has completed several commercial projects, including the famous COR Health Institute facility in East Baltimore, the Charmed restaurant in Mt Vernon, and numerous other residential and commercial projects. Bahar is best known for transforming vacant buildings into residential and commercial spaces.
Bahar's unwavering commitment to providing technical and visionary support to entrepreneurs for the past 18 years has been inspiring. He has helped establish over 250 non-profit and for-profit companies in various industries, providing guidance and expertise on everything from startup procedures to strategic planning. Bahar's dedication to his craft and ability to execute quickly has earned him a reputation as a sought-after expert in the field. His influence has helped shape countless entrepreneurs’ success and businesses, leaving a lasting impact on the East Coast and beyond.
Community Leadership & Youth Development
Bahar’s leadership role as a social entrepreneur has also provided him the platform to change the physical and cultural landscape of Baltimore City. Three distinct organizations that Bahar developed have amassed global recognition and support; Raise It Up, 300 Men March and COR Health Institute. During the Freddie Gray unrest of 2015, Bahar’s 300 Men March Movement helped to quell the tension between law enforcement and civilians. Later that year, Bahar led a historic march from Baltimore City to Washington DC to raise awareness around the rise of urban gun violence.
Since 2013 , Bahar has played an active role in the World Trade Center Institute’s Professional Exchange program in conjunction with the US State Department by hosting professional, military, and government leaders from 30 different countries. As a creator and provider of youth development programs, Bahar has partnered with many notable organizations , including Patterson Park Charter School, Paul’s Place Outreach, Morgan State University, Urban Alliance, Strong City Baltimore, Juvenile Court Services, Southwest Baltimore Charter School, and many other local nonprofit organizations.
Bahar and 4 siblings were raised by a wise single mother who prioritized character, education, and culture. Despite this solid parental orientation, Bahar would spend his teenage years obtaining several juvenile and adult criminal charges along with spending several short periods in jail. In 2001, during his second year of college and after a four month jail vacation, Bahar began his process of self-transformation. In 2005 , he graduated from the Earl G Graves School of Business at Morgan State University with a BS in Accounting, having held several student associations positions, including Vice President of the Accounting Club and President of the Student Muslim Association.
In addition to his role as principal for COR Consulting LLC dba COR Construction, Bahar is currently developing a minor land development project in Baltimore County on 3.3 acres of land. In addition, we are working with construction industry partners to create a home-building apprenticeship program for veterans and high school graduates.