Behind The Board – Sam Arraj

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Behind The Board – Sam Arraj

 

Sam Arraj came to the board of the CMA Ontario at precisely the right time. He’s a chartered accountant and we definitely needed someone to put  our finances in order and steer us toward financial stability.

Originally from Lebanon, Sam and his family emigrated to Canada back in 1988 and he appreciates everything about being a Canadian and the opportunities it affords. As Sam says, “I believe I’m very lucky to be living in the best country in the world. My siblings and I have grown  up to love and appreciate this country, its history, and the sacrifices that were endured to give us our freedoms and rights.” He  wasn’t always an accountant. He was a baker, a factory worker, a door-to-door salesman and many other things before finally coming to the realization that numbers were what he was really good at. In his own words, Arraj says: “I tried computer programming for a while… but it 20 wasn’t boring enough. So I decided to become a Chartered Accountant.”

Three years of college, three years of university and three years working toward his CA have brought him to where he is now, and he’s  about to take another big step in his life. He and his fiancee Jeanette were engaged on December 31, 2010 and this summer they’re tying the knot. The accountant side of Sam says “The wedding includes  a budget that is close to the London Olympics budget!” But afterward  it’s a western Mediterranean cruise with a few extra days in Rome.

That’s sure to be Rome-antic. Although originally a ‘metal’ enthusiast he’s recently come over to appreciate country music and says: “After 20 the CMA Ontario’s performance opportunity at Country Music Week in September  of 2011, I was blown away by the level of talent that we have here in  Ontario. I saw the difference the organization is making, and I’m really looking forward to seeing the organization grow. Sam enjoys golf, fishing, traveling with Jeanette, cottage life, stand-up comedy  and is a huge Toronto Blue Jays fan. We thank Sam for his dedication to the board and look forward to a long happy relationship working alongside him. Ask him to show you his Guns N Roses tattoo… I dare ya.