Finally, Met The New Sheriff of Awesome Washington, DC: Vince Gray

Thanks to the VIP tickets provided by my good friend James Howard, Assistant VP for Development and Alumni Relations at the GWU, I was able to watch the GW vs. La Salle Basketball Game last night with our new mayor, Vince Gray. I also invited Mike Bogdanov, another awesome Washingtonian who had won the giveaway VIP ticket to tag along.

We were  greeted at the front door of the Charles E. Smith Center by Jim who was waiting for us with Colonial Club access ticket 🙂 And, I tell you… The newly established club was just  fantastico! the ambiance, the food, the wine, the big glass window to see the game, etc. were just awesome! The mayor arrived shortly after we did. Thank God there were only a limited number of people in the club, so I finally got a chance to shake the mayor’s hand and introduce myself. I told him about my potential contribution to his team for his initiatives in boosting entrepreneurship and technology in DC – (we’ll see how that goes, I’ll fill you in on that later).

Here is the embarrassing part. Although I had VIP seat right in the front, I could not follow the game. Frankly, I couldn’t even understand it. Never played basketball, I think we won though.  I remember, the mayor gave a great speech at the end of the game. Now that I think of it, I recall that the GW students and the players were grinning, so, I guess we won. As for the score, not sure. Check out the Washington Post for that.

Enjoy the photos and the cheerleaders 😉 Although, I was keep trying to take the photo of the players, but the damn camera was keep taking the pictures of the cheerleaders. I had nothing to do with it 🙂

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

2 Responses to Finally, Met The New Sheriff of Awesome Washington, DC: Vince Gray

  1. Mike says:

    Good game! And yes, Elias, GW won. 🙂

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