PICTURED: Zahur Lalji. Photo by Dexter Brown Photography
by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer
“I was the guy with 13 jobs,” laughs Zahur Lalji of Camarillo. From retail to banking to entrepreneur, he’s tried his hand at many endeavors — and found success at every one. His most successful, however, is probably Wheelhouse, the cannabis dispensary he founded in 2016 with his friend and business partner Sergio Burga.
Lalji was born in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, to parents of Indian descent. He moved to California with his family in 1980.
“I grew up in Camarillo most of my life,” he says. “And I’m still here. I’ve lived in Camarillo for 40-plus years.”
As a teenager, he had a variety of odd jobs in food (including stints at McDonald’s and In-N-Out Burger) and retail. At 20, he got a job as a teller at Wells Fargo and worked his way up to branch manager after a few years. A few years after that, he became regional manager.
Banking was his stock in trade for many years. After Wells Fargo (and a short stay in London) he worked for Commercial Bank of California and Wilshire Bank. He was successful, but