Introducing E!C's Board of Directors: Gary Shamis

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Gary Shamis, Senior Managing Director SS&G CPAs and Advisors

Education: Undergraduate Degree from Tulane University, Graduate Degree from Ohio State University.

Background: Worked for Touche Ross from 1978-1981, then SS&G since 1981.

How long have you lived in Cleveland? 52 out of 60 years

Why did you choose to be on the E!C board of directors?  It has been a 7 year effort to get Engage! Cleveland off the ground. I have been working tirelessly to share the importance of attracting and retaining young talent in Cleveland and am committed to staying involved until Engage is fully embedded in the community and sustainable.

What do you see E!C looking like in the future?   I see Engage! Cleveland becoming the face of young professionals for the City of Cleveland.

What opportunities and challenges does E!C face? The biggest challenge will be to become self-sufficient.

What is your top tip for young professionals in Cleveland?  Understand how good you have it here in Cleveland!

What is your favorite thing about Cleveland?  I enjoy the diversity and ease of life.

What would you most like to see change/improve in Cleveland?  I would like to see Cleveland become younger and more vibrant.

An interesting fact about you:  I was an undergraduate Biology major.