Fred S. Droz
Fred Droz was, in a previous incarnation, a senior level executive and did have more than 30 years of communication experience working with an array of public/ private sector organizations and non-profits. He is now a recovering executive.
His expertise includes developing and driving strategy, determining and formulating policies, building and inspiring teams. Recognized as a savvy thinker with the ability to gather valuable insights and translate findings into well-crafted programs that produce desired results, Fred focuses his strategies on leveraging existing strengths and building new resources.
As president of The Droz Group, a nationally known multi-association management and communication firm, he specializes in transformational organizational development, turn-key national conference/meeting services, cohesive brand and crisis communication processes and collaborative partnerships.
Fred holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). A former CSUF student-body vice president, he received the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and has served on the Board of Directors of the CSUF Alumni Association.
Known for his understanding of “big picture” and forward-thinking planning strategies, Fred was appointed as the CEO and National Project Director for USA for Africa's domestic hunger project, HandsAcrossAmerica, where he managed a staff of more than 600 and directed 28 field offices throughout the country.
With an already significant background in public affairs, governmental and public service work, Fred was appointed a member of President Carter's White House team serving as Special Assistant Reorganization Staff in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As a member of the President's Reorganization Project, he directed the Public Awareness Component. In addition, he served as a member of tri-project-unit researching the Executive Office of the President (EOP) in the areas of: international economic policy; domestic economic policy; national security. During this period, Fred was detailed to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, consulting with that department's reorganization programs as well.
On special assignment for the Democratic National Committee, Fred was retained to research moving the national headquarters from Washington, DC to Georgia. During this time in Atlanta, he also provided logistical support for the National Democratic Convention as well as advance operations for the visits of former President Jimmy Carter and Vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro.
Actively involved in community and civic issues, Fred was appointed by the Laguna Beach City Council to serve on its Economic Development Task Force. Several years later, the Laguna Beach City Council appointed him Chairperson of the Vision Planning Steering Committee. This committee directed a citywide citizen involvement project to determine the direction and future of the City of Laguna Beach. The project culminated in a report that was completed in January 2002.
Fred has lectured at the University of California at Irvine and California State University, Fullerton. In addition, he has been invited to addressed numerous organizations on the topic, the changing technological and socio-demographic changes in taking place in associations and organizations in the 21st century. He is member of the Institute for Association Management Companies and the American Society of Association Executives as well as serving on many boards.
Fred is a natural leader who seeks creative solutions to sophisticated problems. He understands the reality of an organization’s challenges, the importance of building collaborative partnerships, hiring the right people with the precise talent to carry forth the vision and stewarding them through the processes. Always with an eye on growth and the bottom line, Fred enjoys listening to others and finding an innovative balance between traditional and digital tools to offer add-value to everything he does.
Building community in an organization and community.
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