We are happy to report that on June 4, 2012, Pouria Abbassi, P.E., joined the Phoenix House organization as Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Phoenix Houses of California. In a flurry of activities, he expressed his enthusiasm for his new position in the following words: “The ultimate mark of an individual and the only lasting legacy is the value one can add towards the betterment of the lives of others. The women and men of Phoenix House are the embodiment of this creed and it is a true blessing to be a part of such an incredible team.” One of his first duties was attending the 9th Annual Triumph for Teens Gala, where he met with Phoenix House Academy students.
Prior to joining the Phoenix House team, Mr. Abbassi enjoyed a successful executive career in hospitality, sports and entertainment industry at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC). As the CEO of LACC since 2006, Mr. Abbassi developed and implemented a strategic business plan, built upon three pillars of community, business and environment, to significantly enhance the performance output of the organization. Under his leadership, LACC achieved unprecedented results unmatched in the nation. Chief among these results were that after over three decades of operational fiscal deficit, the LACC was among the very few convention centers nationwide to attain fiscal solvency for six consecutive years. It was also the first convention center of its size and age to achieve LEED-EB Gold certification. Under his direction LACC also become a model of corporate social responsibility through its services, reach and engagement with various communities in Los Angeles. Mr. Abbassi was one of the key executives involved in the various components of the $1.5 billion LACC modernization and 70,000 plus seats stadium project. Prior to joining the LACC, Pouria led teams in project engineering, debt financing, financial modeling, environmental analysis and information technology implementation.
A registered professional mechanical engineer in the State of California and a graduate of UCLA School of Engineering and Anderson School of Management/ Executive Management Program, Mr. Abbassi has published in the areas of cryogenics engineering and high temperature superconductivity and is a recipient of over 30 research, business and performance awards. The unique diversity and expanse of his background has allowed Pouria to methodically approach business opportunities and management challenges through leading teams with innovative action plans and specific targeted outcomes.
A firm believer in youth nourishment and education, Pouria frequently gives presentations on leadership and visioning to student groups ranging from elementary school through graduate school and mentors young professionals in their careers. An interview about his transition to Phoenix House, conducted by Richard Guzman, was published in the Los Angeles Downtown News.
We are thrilled to welcome Pouria Abbassi to the Phoenix House team, and we look forward to his leadership in California in the years to come.