Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners Coalition Director
Saman Dias truly embodies the American entrepreneurial spirit. Upon exposure to the nascent, fragmented San Francisco Bay Area computer training industry in the late 1980s, Saman realized the opportunity for potential growth. In 1992, Saman founded AIM Computer Training, focusing on the lucrative large-scale business training market segment. Through determination, hard work and the successful implementation of a unique business plan, AIM Computer Training became one of the most respected and leading training companies in the Bay Area. Along the way, Saman pioneered numerous innovative business practices, fostered a healthy work environment for her employees and created the AIM Computer Training Global Strategic Alliance to expand AIM Computer Training’s operations around the globe. Her multimillion dollar global training company, which serviced the needs for Fortune 1000 companies, was acquired in 2004.
In 2006, Saman joined NorthPoint Real Estate Investment Services as Executive Vice President. She built and managed the company’s business development program and its corporate training program. In 2007, she aided in forming a successful e-business concept for delivering analytics and investment ratings for residential real estate. A year later, the company was spun off as SmartZip Inc. Saman’s experience also includes successfully leading fundraising, recruiting, public relations and social media efforts.
Today, Saman is a volunteer advisor for Astia, an innovative not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster the full participation of women in entrepreneurship and as accelerators of high-growth companies.
Saman received Working Woman Magazine's Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for General Excellence and Innovative Solutions in 2000 and its Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for Customer Service in 2001. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award chose Saman as a nominee and finalist in 1998. She also received the 1998 National Association of Women Business Owners Adopt–A–Business award and was nominated for the Women in Achievement Award through the Contra Costa Times.