Dr. Sassan Kimiavi began his career in the IT sector, working in leadership positions for various IT professional services firms in the Washington, D.C. area. In 1997 he co-founded Paragon Technology Group with his wife, Mrs. Gazelle Hashemian Kimiavi. Together, they successfully grew the company until they sold it in 2012. Dr. Kimiavi—whose experience includes IT governance and implementation of complex IT systems for clients in the pharmaceuticals and telecommunications sectors, the Deptartment of Defense, and various federal agencies— served as the CEO of the company for 15 years prior to its sale. After the sale of Paragon, he founded ALTA Development LLC and ALTA Worldwide LLC, where he currently serves as the president and CEO. ALTA companies are focused on commercial and residential real estate development. Dr. Kimiavi received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1985 from GW. In 1987 and 1998, respectively, he received his master of science and doctor of science degrees in computer science from GW.