Facility Manager Elias Bazezew was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1973. His mother, two brothers, and a sister still live there. His early education was in technical school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance and Management from Zega Business College in Addis Ababa.
Elias began a career with Sheraton Hotel Addis, the Luxury Collection in 1998. He had experience in the construction trades and was hired as a maintenance worker. He trained and worked in plumbing, welding, HVAC systems, and landscaping.
He progressed to become the Senior Maintenance Supervisor and Assistant Chief in 2014. While with Sheraton, Elias was certified in the hotel’s service and hospitality methods. Elias decided in 2018 to move to the United States with his wife. They have two sons.
Elias comes to the church from working at the Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, MD, where he had been chief engineer since 2018. His reputation there was of a hard-working problem solver, who enjoys mentoring those he supervises.