The son of immigrant parents, Councilperson Haidar Awad learned from an early age the value of hard work and the importance of a good education.  Most importantly, he was encouraged to help others and give back to the community.

After earning a degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside, Haidar returned home, ready and eager to enter the family business.

Haidar Awad is now Vice President of Finance Auto Sales in Hawthorne, one of the fastest growing auto dealerships in the South Bay region.  Haidar personally led the successful restructuring of the company and modernized its marketing and sales programs.

Fueled by a burning passion to not only improve and redevelop his family business, Haidar is also driven to reconnect with his boyhood community.  Haidar is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Hawthorne and is establishing a local scholarship program supporting college-bound Hawthorne students.

As a local businessman, Haidar is an active member of the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce and has a seat on the prestigious Economic Development Committee.  Just last year, Haidar and Finance Auto Sales received the Best Business of the Year award.

On January 10, 2017 Haidar Awad was elected Mayor Pro tem by unanimous vote during the city council meeting.