As the former Chairman of LA Inc. (LA Conventions & Visitors Bureau) Stan lead the creation of the LA downtown business improvement district and retail empowerment zone. Under his leadership the first U.S. office of tourism was opened in China by the City of LA and the “Dine LA” restaurant program was founded and launched.
As Chairman of LASEC (LA Sports & Entertainment Commission) he helped to further establish the commission as a key force in the city’s selection of key events including the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star, Grammy’s and other major events and conventions.
While working for more than 17 years as a senior executive at American Express, Stan managed over $50 billion in annual charge volume and led growth initiatives within multiple industries including entertainment, fashion, restaurant, wine, lodging, aerospace, gaming and technology throughout the Western United States and Micronesia including the launch of the American Express Hawaii Card and Staples Center Founding Partnership. During his tenure his ability to drive performance, marshal resources, build internal support and develop high performing teams became his calling card.
Stan has advised and worked closely with many high-profile business and industry leaders including Kenneth Chenault, former Chairman and CEO American Express; John Bendheim, CEO Bendheim Enterprises and Owner & Publisher Beverly Hills Courier; Robin Richards, Technology Investor and former CEO CareerArc; and Byron Allen, Chairman and CEO Entertainment Studios to name a few.
The son of civil rights leader and former President Los Angeles NAACP Dr. Geraldine Washington, Stan continues to be very civic minded and has held many key board and leadership positions in Los Angeles, across the U.S. including Board Member, The Center by Lendistry; Board of Trustees, Morehouse College; Board Member, LA Urban League; Board Member, Earvin “Magic” Johnson Foundation; Board Member, NXT-ID Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD); Board Member, Velocity 99 STEM Program; Chairman Emeritus, LA Convention & Visitors Bureau; Chairman Emeritus, LA Sports & Entertainment Commission; Chairman, National Black Economic Development Coalition; Co-Founder & Chairman, National Coalition of African American Owned Media; Board Member, City of Hope Foundation; Board Member & Advisor, LA NAACP; Board Member, Bowers Museum; Board Member, Museum African American Art.