Tony Khawam – President and founding member
Professionally, Tony is a seasoned marketing and creative director with over 25 years of experience in brand marketing and advertising for fortune 100 companies. An 8-year commercial real estate veteran with substantial expertise in capital markets, tenant and agency representation.
Tony has been a lifelong conservative Republican. A grassroots activist since 2011, he was involved early on with the Republicans in Bergen County New Jersey, he moved his business with his family to South Florida in 2015 and is a member of the Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee.
Tony is a board member of American Mideast Coalition for Democracy (AMCD) a non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. During the 2016 Presidential campaign, AMCD operated at ACMT (The American Mideast Coalition for Trump). Our members raised money, appeared as campaign surrogates in the media, and hosted events to bring awareness to the deep dissatisfaction American Middle Easterners felt with the direction of policy under President Obama. AMCD members wanted a change in the direction of US Mideast policy and President Trump has delivered. AMCD plans to help in President Trump’s re-election campaign in 2020.
Tony is a chapter leader of In Defense of Christians (IDC), is a nonprofit nonpartisan advocacy group for Christians & other religious minorities in the Middle East based in Washington D.C. The IDC inaugural summit on Sept 9, 2014 hosted the six Christian Patriarchs (many of whom rank equivalent to Pope Francis) and Tony was part of a delegation meeting with members of congress while the six Patriarchs meeting with President Obama at the White House.
Tony was born in Aleppo Syria, and in 1976 his family immigrated to the United Sates which he attended 3 years High School and later attended college and received his BFA in Graphic Design and advertising from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Tony, continued his marketing education at Montclair University in New Jersey.
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Taniel Shant – Vice President and founding member
Taniel Shant has been a resident of Boca Raton since 1984. He is a former candidate for Palm Beach County Commission in District 5 (West Boca), and has advised or worked directly with multiple campaigns across the U.S. He has over a decade of experience as a non-profit executive in Washington, D.C. where he advanced various pieces of legislation in Congress and at the state level dealing with Holocaust education, global human rights abuses, international religious freedom, anti-genocide initiatives, protection of Christians in the Middle East, U.S. foreign assistance, budget and appropriations, and many others.
Taniel has delivered numerous presentations and published dozens of articles and interviews that have appeared in various publications around the world.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University and Master’s degree in Political Management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
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Charbel Hayek – Secretary
Charbel was born and raised in Lebanon. In 1989 he moved to the United Sates and pursued his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His career involved designing advanced wireless products to consumer, commercial, government and military customers. Cellular products project engineer and innovator with accomplished experience in major telecommunications corporations such as General Electric, Ericsson, Motorola, General Dynamics, and ADT.
Charbel’s hobbies include professional photography, music, and history.
Charbel supports the Republican Party values and candidates, and the rights of the Christians in the Middle-East.
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Anton Alzein – Treasurer and founding member
Lead Architect who solves business challenges through the design and deployment of state of the art solid IT solutions, saving companies millions of dollars while significantly improving the company’s business process and profit. Managed national and global projects ranging from several hundred thousand to multi millions dollars. My field of expertise spans Lead Solution Architect, New Business Development, and IT Manager.
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Sandy Simon – Entrepreneur, politician and an author
Sandy was born in Delray Beach, FL to a pioneer family that had emigrated from Lebanon in 1912. He became a successful business man, a prolific author, an artist and public speaker.
Early in Sandy’s career, he became President of Shenandoah, Inc., developer of New Town, Shenandoah, a 7,500 acre endeavor near Newnan, which became the location of the first Atlanta Foreign Trade Zone of which Sandy was its first President. He conceived and built the largest building entirely heated and cooled by solar energy in the world. He served as Chairman of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce International Task Force for four years organizing and leading Georgia’s highest officials on trips to Europe, Japan and Hong Kong, successfully obtaining investments, consulates and airlines to Atlanta. This opened the way for Delta Airlines of Atlanta to introduce service to those several nations.
In December 1978, at the request of President Carter’s Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, Sandy and three other Lebanese Americans agreed to travel to the Middle East on a “Fact-Finding” mission. They met with heads of state and other high officials of eight Arab countries who had severed relations with the U.S. and Egypt. The break in the relationships occurred after the signing of a Peace agreement between Egypt and Israel. The agreement, known as, “The Camp David Peace Accords”, was negotiated by President Jimmy Carter at Camp David in September of 1978.
Sandy returned to live in Delray Beach, rejoining his widowed mother, three brothers and their growing extended family, now in its fifth generation in his hometown. Sandy quickly became involved in leading many successful commercial and civic projects. These contributed to making Delray Beach and South Palm Beach County a much better place to live. These projects included Atlantic Plaza, designed mixed use development of shops, offices, outdoor dining, and condominiums.
He became Chairman of the Board of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden Center. During his tenure, Morikami built its new museum and the beautiful seventeen acre Japanese gardens. This was a joint venture with the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. Sandy has been a lifelong conservative Republican. A grassroots activist for many years in the Republican of Palm Beach County.
Sandy is a graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Architecture from. He followed with his M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Edward Eissey was the first Principal of Palm Beach Gardens Community High School in 1968. He has worked for 49 years in Palm Beach County’s educational system and has impacted the lives of many students in our schools. He started his career as a teacher and principal, and then became President of Palm Beach Community College. Dr. Eissey also served as an elected official for North Palm Beach starting in 1998. He served 4 terms as Mayor of North Palm Beach.
Dr. Amid Habib, MD, FAAP, FACE – Pediatric Endocrinologist
Dr. Habib was board certified in Pediatrics in 1976 and in Pediatric Endocrinology in 1978. He is a clinical researcher and the co-author of a book with Professor Brian Peskin entitled the “Hidden Story of Cancer”, which was first published in 2006 with the 6th edition published recently, detailing in particular the relation between healthy and proper essential fatty acids and the development and prevention of cancer. He is also on the board of Cambridge International Institute for Medical Science (CIIMS).
Dr. Amid has been a lifelong conservative Republican. A grassroots activist for many years in the Orlando Orange County area.
He is the past President of the Florida Endocrine Society, President of Pediatric Endocrinology Consultants, President and founder of the Glu-Pro Corporation, President and founder of the Treolife Corporation and President and founder of United People in Christ Corporation.