Gabriel’s background stems from the technical and business fields. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering (BSME) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and business administration (MBA) from Kennesaw State University . He practiced both professionally for over eighteen years with engineering firms and multinational corporations as engineer, project manager and regional sales manager for markets in Latin America. Since 2005 he has worked as a court interpreter and medical interpreter in the Atlanta area. As a certified court interpreter he primarily serves the superior courts of many metropolitan Atlanta counties. In addition he contracts as technical translator and as conference interpreter. Since becoming a member of AAIT he has attended conferences and network opportunities, spread the word about the profession, and wants to raise AAIT’s profile in the field. Gabriel sees his organizational skills and his volunteerism as strengths he can bring to the AAIT Board. He would like to see more diversity in the AAIT membership and have the Board explore fund raising initiatives.