Mr. Abbassi is the Senior Vice President of Phoneix House, which he joined in June 2012 after a successful executive career in hospitality, sports and entertainment industry at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC). Phoenix House is the nation’s leading provider of alcohol and substance abuse treatment, prevention and intervention services in ten states. As the Senior VP of Phoenix House, Pouria leads the entire California operations through four entities (Phoenix Houses of California, Inc.) and across multiple facilities, programs and services available to both adults and adolescents.
Prior to this engagement and as the CEO of LACC since 2006, Mr. Abbassi developed and implemented a strategic business plan, built upon three pillars of community, business and environment, to significantly enhance the performance output of the LACC. Under his leadership, LACC achieved unprecedented financial, environmental and market results unmatched in the industry anywhere within the nation. Mr. Abbassi was also one of the key executives involved in the various components of the $1.5 billion LACC modernization and 70,000 plus seats stadium project. Prior to joining the LACC, Pouria worked in various capacities in project engineering, cryogenics engineering, superconductivity research, debt financing, financial modeling, environmental analysis and information technology implementation.
Mr. Abbassi is a graduate of UCLA School of Engineering and Anderson School of Management-Executive Management program. He is also a registered professional mechanical engineer in the State of California. Pouria is on the Boards of the Los Angeles Business Council, Providence Tarzana Hospital Foundation, PAAIA and is an active member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Encino Chambers of Commerce and works with various Iranian American community organizations and concerns.
A firm believer in youth nourishment and education, Pouria frequently gives presentations on leadership and visioning to student groups ranging from elementary school through graduate school and mentors young professionals in their careers.