Sean Gautam came to America in 1993 with little more than a suitcase.
Since then he’s collected graduate degrees in law and business from two American universities, founded an investment advisory firm and written a book, “Risk-Specific Portfolio Investing.”
He came to Charlotte with his wife about nine years ago and became a citizen in 2008. He has jumped into community activities.
He serves on the city’s business advisory committee and Charlotte’s International Cabinet. He currently serves on the boards of Opera Carolina and WDAV. He’s also been an active Rotarian. He led a Rotary-funded project that has planted 1,200 trees at Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.
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He says he’s focusing on what he calls the core issues: jobs and growth, crime prevention and meeting infrastructure needs. He says he’s running for office to spread the city’s prosperity.
He would create “Opportunity Zones” to bring jobs to hard-pressed areas.
“As a citizen I’ve been frustrated and disappointed that many parts of Charlotte are being neglected,” he says. “I hope to … include every body in the equation in ways we can spark growth in areas that don’t have growth.”
Hometown: Kanpur, India, in Charlotte since 2006.
Family: Wife, two children
Education: Masters of Law, Georgetown University Law School, 2000; MBA, University of New Orleans, 1997, Bachelor of Commerce (1990) and Bachelor of Laws (1993), Delhi University.
Occupation: Investment manager, PortfolioPro LLC
Political experience: None.
Community service: Business Advisory Committee; Charlotte International Cabinet.
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