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The Guidepost By Stanley Escudero
Stanley Escudero is a retired career diplomat, businessman & native Floridian, who lives in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, with his wife, Jaye. He served as chairman of the Volusia County Republican Executive Committee in 2011-2012. Escudero was appointed to the Daytona State College Board of Trustees in 2015, By Gov. Rick Scott. Escudero, writer of the 'The Guidepost' politcal column since 2010, is a member of the inaugural Class of 2017 Headline Surfer Hall of Fame. All news content copyright-protected intellectual property of NSB News LLC, which may not be duplicated or re-published in whole or in part without advance approval of the publisher. Headline Surfer® is published by award-winning journalist Henry Frederick.
A career diplomat for 33 years and a businessman, Stanley Escudero is a native Floridian, who was born in Daytona Beach in 1942, and spent his childhood in New Smyrna Beach. Upon final retirement in 2010
he and Jaye, his wife of 43 years, returned to the area and currently live in Daytona Beach Shores.
Escudero spent his high school years at Carlisle Military School in South Carolina, where he graduated first in his class and absorbed a strong sense of conservatism and love of country. Graduating from what was then
Daytona Beach Junior College (where he was student government president) in 1962, Stan went on to the University of Florida where he again served in student government, completed the high honors program and graduated in1965, with a degree in history and international relations. While at University he applied for entry into the Foreign Service of the United States and returned to New Smyrna to await the outcome of the complex
In early 1967 he was accepted. Stan and his fiancee, Mary Jaye Cobb, were married at what was then called Coronado Community Methodist Church and drove to Washington to begin their new life together. In a career focused primarily on Central and South Asia, they served in Pakistan (1967-'68) Niger (1968-'70) Iran (1971-75. Stan returned to Iran undercover during the Iranian revolution in 1978-'79) India (1984-'87) as political advisor to successive commanders-in-chief at Central Command (Marine Gen. George Crist and Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf – 1987-'89) and Egypt (1990-'92).
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Stan was named the first U.S. ambassador to the newly independent state of Tajikistan. Within days of his April 1992 arrival, there was a bloody coup which turned out to be the opening shot of a brutish civil war during which the capital city of Dushanbe was overrun and Stan and his embassy earned the distinction of being the only American embassy ever to be evacuated under fire inside
Russian armor. Stan assisted the senior resident UN official in negotiating an end to the fighting and things calmed down enough for Jaye to join him in late 1993. She took on the directorship of an important
English language training and scholarship program during which, she too, traveled throughout Tajikistan’s war torn and remote mountains andvillages. In 1995, they were reassigned as Ambassador to the neighboring
Central Asian nation of Uzbekistan. The oil- and gas-rich Caspian Sea nation of Azerbaijan followed in 1997. By 2000, Stan was the winner of numerous medals and performance awards and had become, at that time, the
senior official of the government of the United States most experienced in Central Asia.
At this point Stan and Jaye elected to retire from government service and returned to Daytona intending to live the quiet life in paradise. But
family concerns intervened and Stan opened a consulting firm whose clients soon insisted that he and Jaye return to Azerbaijan in a private capacity.
This initiated a 10-year second career in which the couple and their two sons Alexander and Benjamin started several businesses. As an ambassador, Escudero was a strong supporter of American business abroad and quickly
immersed himself in the activities of the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan. He was either president or vice president for virtually all of the decade he spent in Azerbaijan.
In February 2010, Escudero returned to the Daytona/New Smyrna area for what he devoutly hopes is the final time. He and Jaye very much look forward to
leaving their sons to run the family firms while enjoying the great life the Florida has to offer. In particular, Escudero hopes to find the time to pursue his hobbies: he remains fascinated by American history and
political development and collects Persian carpets and Islamic metalwork.
And he has been an avid hunter, taking big game, waterfowl and upland game birds on three continents.
Escudero was appointed to the board of trustees of Daytona State College By Gov. Rick Scott in 2015, and is a 2017 entrant in the Headline Surfer® Hall of Fame. He writes his column, "The Guidepost," exclusively for Headline Surfer®. All news content copyright-protected intellectual property of NSB News LLC, which may not be duplicated or re-published in whole or in part without advance approval of the publisher. Headline Surfer® is published by award-winning journalist Henry Frederick.
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