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Name: Zeidman, Fred
Current Position: Previous Director
Fred S. Zeidman, who was appointed chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Museum by President George W. Bush in 2002, grew up in Wharton, Texas, and received a B.S. degree in finance from Washington University in St. Louis in 1968 and a Master’s in Business Administration from New York University in 1970. Houston-based, he began his career in the Corporate Finance Department of Dean Witter. Later he served as Vice President of Alliance Business Investment Company; Chairman of the Board of Unibar Corporation; Chairman of the Board and President of Parking Inc; President and Chief Operating Officer of Service Enterprise; President of Enterprise Capital; President of Interpak Terminals; Chief Executive Officer and Director of InterSystems; Chairman of the Board of Seitel; Chairman of Turnaround Partners; Founder of Houston Venture Capital Association; Managing Partner of WoodRock & Company; Chairman of the Southwest Region Anti-Defamation League; Vice President and Director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs; and Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents, Texas Southern University.
In 2005 he was appointed Senior Director of Governmental Affairs for Greenberg Traurig, where he is still on staff as a lobbyist. Zeidman is also is on the Jewish National Fund’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee; the Executive Committee of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); and he is a National Board Member of Development Corporation for Israel; and he is the Texas State Chairman of Israel Bonds. In April 2006, President Bush named Zeidman’s son, Jay, White House Liaison to the Jewish Community. He was 22 at the time. In January of 2007, John McCain engaged Jay Zeidman to help with Jewish Outreach in his Presidential campaign
Fred S. Zeidman is an active campaigner for the Republican Party. He was Vice Chairman of the Dole-Kemp Presidential Campaign in Harris County, Texas in 1992. In 2000, he earned Bush Pioneer status for his fundraising feats for the Bush/Cheney campaign and in 2004 he moved up to Bush Ranger. He was also Co-Chairman of Victory ‘04 Florida Jewish Outreach/Bush-Cheney ’04. Zeidman is currently Vice Chairman of the Republican Jewish Coalition; Co-chair of the Finance Committee of the Republican Party of Harris County; and he serves on the Finance Committee of the Republican Party of Texas. Zeidman also contributed to the 2008 presidential campaign of Rudy Giuliani.
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