Samir Elbassiouny graduated at the top of his class at the Culinary Institute of America in 1989 and was recruited by CIA to serve a fellowship as Assistant Professor. His love for the hospitality industry and his entrepreneurial spirit led him to open his first business, Sisters Gourmet, a three and a half star restaurant, in 1992. It was hailed by food critics as one of the best restaurants in New Jersey. As a self-employed restaurateur and real estate investor, he was given the 2002 Entrepreneurial Success Award by the Warren County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Elbassiouny created several businesses, including Good Times Restaurant in 1999, and served as president of Wall Street Partners, a real estate investment corporation. In 2003, Samir was elected to the Warren County Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; in 2006 was elected to the Washington Township governing body; from 2006 to 2007 served as Deputy Mayor, and from 2007 to 2012 Samir was elected Mayor of Washington Township for three consecutive terms. He joined the WCCC Foundation in 2005 and as of August 2007, he serves as Executive Assistant to the President for Advancement and Fundraising as Executive Director to the Warren County Community College Foundation.
Mr. Elbassiouny hosted various fundraisers, benefiting Make a Wish Foundation, Common Sense for Animals, the Melissa Neier Memorial Fund, Oxford Township School, and various other charities and non-profit organizations throughout Warren County.
His current Foundation role enlists his talented ability for fundraising and public support awareness by focusing on three major events annually: Celebrity Waiter & Comedy Dinner, Golf Classic, and the extremely successful Warren County Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner. His unrelenting aspiration is to raise scholarship funds in order to assist dedicated WCCC students to meet their dreams of higher education.
In addition, Samir's current role entails responsibility for producing the monthly Educationally Speaking Radio Program and all marketing materials such as brochures, TV, billboards, and Movie Theater ads. He has arranged, scheduled, and attended a county-wide Municipal Tour with the President and Trustees to address each municipality. Also, his commitment includes the preparation of the Annual Report and Quarterly Focus Newsletters, as well as arranges all College Public Relations and Press Releases. Additionally, he has been instrumental in the establishment and implementation of the Warren County Community College Alumni Association.
In his spare time, Samir is dedicated to his children, Amanda and Ryan, and his involvement as Ryan's Soccer Coach.