Education & Professional Career Overview Issa is from London, UK. After graduating high school he attended a private technology college in London to complete an Information Technology degree. Issa started his career immediately after working for the UK headquarters of a technology solutions provider called Datapoint. He spent 12 years at Datapoint and held several positions including programmer, principal support specialist and consultant. In 1997 Issa was headhunted by Shelton, CT based Information Management Associates as a product consultant and joined their European headquarters in London to manage their software support operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Issa managed a Rapid Response Team and has traveled to many European countries on business meeting prospects and clients alike. In May 2000 Issa was promoted to Director of Product Development and relocated with his family to California to assume this new position located at the company’s offices in Irvine,. IMA was acquired in September 2001 and went through several name changes, AIT and Portrait Software. Pitney Bowes acquired the company in 2010 and Issa continued to manage the software development and support operations worldwide.
Issa currently works at privately owned business FAM Vans, Orange County’s largest commercial van and truck dealership that has been in business for over 20 years. Issa manages the IT infrastructure and oversees the company’s IT infrastructure, web presence, Internet advertising, and all marketing channels.
CEO – HDTV Studios From a very young age Issa has had a passion for videography, motion graphics and digital media. He has successfully videotaped many private events and social functions for the local community and some corporate events too. His skills in videography were in demand and within a short space of time demand for multimedia services within the community grew. Having a personal desire to create a business, Issa incorporated HDTV Studios in the state of California in January 2005. Issa became a Certified Deposition Video Specialist and Certified Court Video Specialist from the American Guild of Court Videographers. He maintains his membership with the AGCV and continues to keep his knowledge and skills fresh and sharp by attending classes and seminars.
Issa also gives back to community in so many ways such as volunteering his skills and talent at a local private elementary school by videotaping kindergarten and 6th grade graduation ceremonies. This is an annual tradition and is so much fun working with the staff and students to produce lasting memories for the children and families.
Former Board President – Islamic Center of Irvine Issa also volunteers at the Islamic Center of Irvine and has served two terms as Board President from 2008-2011. During this time Issa has helped ICOI grow to a congregation with over 1000 families and is considered one of Orange County’s largest mosques. Through community service Issa has helped to build strong relationships with many faith based organizations, law enforcement, City officials, and leaders in business and educational institutions. Issa has helped to organize many events at ICOI that has brought together thousands of congregants from all over Orange County to celebrate special holidays in large venues such as Anaheim Convention Center, Orange County Great Park and Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Through Civic Engagement and leading by example, Issa graduated FBI Los Angeles Citizens Academy Class of 2012 and Irvine Police Citizens Academy Class of 2013. He is also a Notary Public in California whose commission expires in 2017.