Amir Omar proudly calls himself, "Living proof that the American Dream is alive and well."
A first generation American of Middle-Eastern immigrant parents, Omar was raised in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. "Growing up, I learned first hand how hard work, personal responsibility, and determination helped my parents make a better life for our family."
After graduating from Harlingen High School, Omar attended Texas A&M University and earned a Bachelors of Science degree with a major in Industrial Distribution. While there, he joined the Corps of Cadets which helped him develop his leadership skills. As a student at A&M, Omar was lauded for his entrepreneurial skills and even asked to guest lecture for his innovation in a laundry business he built that created 35 jobs in College Station.
Amir has been involved in the telecommunications field for over 12 years in sales and leadership roles, recently returning to AT&T where he has worked a total of 4 years. Over the years, Omar has also taken on a tremendous number of leadership roles in committees, task forces, and non-profit organizations. He is also currently finishing his Masters in Business Administration through the executive program at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Amir Omar has served as a Council Member for the City of Richardson since 2009. In his first term, he was liaison to the Environmental Commission and led the group to a number of high water marks. During that term he helped establish Richardson as the home of the 1st municipal energy monitoring system, an impressive energy efficiency and renewable energy demonstration site at Huffhines Recreaction Center, a unique Community Garden program that has resulted in 5 publicly available garden sites and thousands of pounds of fresh organic vegetables donated to local food banks, and the largest tree planting initiative in N Tx history named "Tree the Town" which packaged private, non-profit, and volunteer groups to offset an estimated $34M in City investment.
On the one year anniversary of creating Tree the Town, Councilman Omar announced the start of Tree North Texas with a unprecedented number of Cities participating. His personal outreach to the Mayors of every city in the region, resulted in 40 participating cities and a goal of 3 Million Trees over 10 years which makes it the largest in the Country.
In his second term, Omar was assigned to the Arts Commission as their liaison. During this term he advised the commission during the arts granting process, worked hand in hand with those desiring a sustainable arts presence in the community, and helped shape the Arts Master Plan that will lay the foundation for the arts in Richardson over the next few decades.
Over both terms the Councilman has also been a member of the Retail Committee. In this role he has given input on a number of issues that will help Richardson maximize it's retail opportunities, met with dozens of key owners of retail properties, as well as visiting with over 200 local small business owners to gain their perspectives along the way.
Omar is a member of the Richardson Rotary, Citizens FBI Academy Alumni Association, Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation Board, and the Richardson YMCA Board. In 2009 he was awarded for his volunteer efforts in the community by the Richardson Chamber at their annual banquet. In 2012 Omar was recognized as one of 21 finalists and ultimately won the title of "One Man Dallas" which highlighted young men (24-44) across the metroplex for their volunteer efforts and impact on the N Tx region.
Recognizing that his service on Council enabled him to contribute in additional ways, Councilman Omar took on the task of helping key organizations that he felt made a difference in our community. In 2010 he created and chaired the Spirit Run 5K benefiting the Richardson Excellence in Education Foundation. November 2012 marked the Spirit Run's 3rd year drawing more attendance and funds raised for the district in each year. In 2011 & 2012, Councilman Omar was honored to Chair the 8th & 9th WildRide! Against Cancer benefiting the Methodist Richardson Cancer Center. By adding new elements such as the WildRun!, live music, as well as non-traditional marketing of the event, he was able to lead both events to record breaking attendance and funds raised for the Cancer Center. In 2011 the Councilman kicked off The Councilman's Fitness Challenge which challenged residents to join him in exercising monthly. This innovative approach to promoting health and fitness featured a "breakfast on the Councilman" if you reached 10 workouts in a month and ultimately drew over 180 residents into this program. In August of 2012 the Councilman found a way to help the YMCA while promoting fitness for our youngest residents. He created and chaired the Richardson Y's 1st ever kids triathlon which drew kids aged 7-12 to swim, bike, and run in this event while raising money for the Y.
On the Council, Omar has made his mark as a principled and collaborative leader. He is most known during Council sessions for his ability to think on his feet and his inquisitive nature. "The residents of Richardson deserve a leader who is engaged and even willing to challenge the status quo in order to help our City maximize its potential, grow its business base, and strengthen our neighborhoods."