Meet the Candidates: Al Zara
During the countdown to the Aug. 7 primary, Patch is bringing you profiles of the candidates running for office in West Bloomfield.
I graduated from the National Institute of Technology in 1999, cum laude, with a degree in computer science and electrical engineering technology. I also have a B.A. in technical management and graduated cum laude from Siena Heights University.
For more than 13 years, I was director of information technology at Clear Channel Communications in Detroit. I have also worked for Unisys Corporation in Washington, D.C. as a senior consultant for the federal government group in the Department of Justice and Department of Defense.
I am the co-owner of EchoWave Innovations, a software company that specializes in audio logging that can record any audio source and played back from any location. I also own a internet marketing company called GeekTownUSA.com located in West Bloomfield.
I have been a resident of West Bloomfield for more than 21 years.
I have an 11 month old daughter, Selma. My wife is Linda. Parents are Zaki and Nesreen Zara.
Activities or key endorsements you'd like to mention?
I was invited to speak at Harvard Law School in March of 2010 as part of a panel that reached out to the younger generation, mentoring programs and students attending Harvard. I have also been asked to speak as a key note speaker at collage graduations as well as master of ceremony for many different events. Outside of my professional career, I dedicate much of my time to volunteering and humanitarian work. I currently reside on the executive committee board for the Adopt-a-Refugee Family.
Why are you running for Trustee?
I am running for West Bloomfield Township Trustee to sit amongst other great leaders and listen to the resident’s needs so I can make the best non-biased decisions that will not jeopardize my township. I plan on protecting and always recognizing the men and women that help keep us safe from harm’s way by putting the Police and Fire department as a top priority.
I also plan on working with the other Trustees that become elected along with other officials to make sure the citizens are always protected from natural disasters by having a plan set in place and assigning the right personnel.
I always want my wife and child to be protected along with every other citizen in West Bloomfield. I would be proud and honored to serve such great people that reside in a wonderful Township called West Bloomfield!
What do you think are the biggest issues facing the township? How would you handle them?
I believe the biggest issues in West Bloomfield township currently are the lack of professional respect amongst the trustees and the finger pointing that drives our township in the wrong direction. We need to move forward and create progress for our residents and take good care of the people that protect us from harm and danger. We need to stop using our energy in a negative way but instead, create synergy with each other that will make all of us great at the end. I plan on creating that synergy in West Bloomfield.
Who else is running? Meet the candidates for the West Bloomfield Township Board Patch has interviewed so far:
- Supervisor: Michele Economou Ureste
- Supervisor: Jonathan Warshay
- Clerk: Cathy Shaughnessy
- Clerk: Neha Patel
- Treasurer: Teri Weingarden
- Treasurer: Gene Farber
- Trustee: Howard Rosenberg
- Trustee: Steven Kaplan
- Trustee: Larry Brown
- Trustee: Al Zara
- Trustee: Hartley Harris
- Trustee: Jeremy Kaplan
- Trustee: Tom Pustelak
- Trustee: Diane Rosenfeld Swimmer
- Trustee: Gerald J. Sukenic