Our December 18th Speaker is Sam Abed

 1-SamAbed-smSam Abed – Mayor of Escondido 

Family:
Lived in Escondido with his wife Mona and two daughters since 1987

Professional:
Spent 12 years successful career with IBM worldwide – 1974 to 1987
Founder, President, Abed Corporation, Pacific West Consulting since 1987

Civic:
Mayor, Elected in 2010 and 2014. City Councilmember 2004 to 2010
City Council Committees: San Diego Association of Government (SANDAG)
Board, Regional Planning, Transportation, Local Formation Commission
(LAFCO), Escondido Economic Development and Workforce Development
San Diego Economic Development Corporation – Board Member
San Diego Workforce Investment Board – Former Board Member

Community:
Escondido Chamber of Commerce – Chairman 2002
East Valley and Mercado Business Associations – Founder, Past Chairman
Escondido Marketing Committee – Former Board Member
Escondido Police Citizen Patrol – Former Volunteer
Escondido Charitable Foundation – Former Member
Provided 10 Education Alliance Grants to local Escondido schools
Escondido Rotary Club since 1988 – Paul Harris Member

Honors:
IBM Engineer of the Year Award – 1983
Escondido Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year – 1999
Escondido Police Award for National Night Out Against Crime – 1999
Escondido City Council Achievement Recognition Award – 2001
Escondido City Council Business Leader of the Year Award – 2003
East Valley Business Association Volunteer of the Year Award – 2004
Mercado Business Association Leadership Star of Excellence Award- 2005
Top 50 People To Watch Award – North San Diego County Magazine – 2005
Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen of the Year – 2013
Associated Builders & Contractors Excellence in Leadership Award – 2014

Personal:
Plays Tennis – Fluent in 3 languages – Traveled to 25 countries.

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