November Employee & Board Member Highlight
Charlie Wasser, Board Chair and
Abe Andrade, Chief Financial Officer
A lot has been happening at the Fairgrounds the last few months, including Fairgrounds Management Corp. ("FMC") Board Member Charlie Wasser taking the reins as Chair of the Board of Directors. We are also excited to have welcomed new Chief Financial Officer Abe Andrade to the staff.
was elected Chair of the FMC Board of Directors in August, 2017. Charlie has served on the FMC Board since December, 2015 as an appointee of Supervisor Cindy Chavez. Charlie is originally from New Jersey but has lived in San Jose since 1988. He brings a great deal of professional experience to the FMC Board, with background as a software engineer and owner of a marketing/PR/printing company for many years. Charlie's dedication to the FMC board stems from his passion for San Jose and a vision to transform the Fairgrounds into a memorable landmark for San Jose. In addition to the FMC Board, Charlie also serves as President of the San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary Club. When not hard at work with Rotary, the Fairgrounds, and his own business, Charlie enjoys hitting the gym!
joined the Fairgrounds staff a couple of months ago as our new Chief Financial Officer. A San Jose native, Abe brings tremendous financial expertise to FMC leadership, having served as CFO of the City of San Jose's Redevelopment Agency and as Director of Finance for the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency. Abe was excited to join FMC because of the possibilities to transform the blank canvas of the Fairgrounds into a successful venue that continues to serve our community as a treasured resource and gathering place. The Fairgrounds is a perfect fit for Abe, who has always raised livestock and currently has 1 pig and 2 horses. When he's not hard at work at the Fairgrounds, Abe enjoys working on his ranch, trail riding, spending time with his wife, Teresa, and their three grown children, as well as cheering on his favorite teams - the Raiders, Warriors and Giants!