Post-College and Omegasearch

Christopher-Sabec-after-collegeEventually, Christopher’s four years at Georgetown came to an end. He knew he wanted to go to law school, but he thought it best to take a couple years off. The experiences with the high school movie nights and the Princeton Review inspired him to look for another entrepreneurial outlet. The opportunity presented itself just after graduation. A real estate attorney who worked closely with Christopher’s mother asked him to research the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Within a few weeks, Christopher presented the attorney with everything he needed to know about the requirements of the Act and his resulting responsibilities. When Christopher was finished, the real estate attorney asked him if her would be willing to do the compliance work in return for a fee per transaction. Christopher agreed and, as a result, founded Omegasearch, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the magnetic media processing of IRS data. By the following summer, Omegasearch was servicing fifty-five clients in five states. When one of their clients made an offer to buy the company from Christopher’s parents and himself, they accepted. They had successfully built and sold a company and Christopher had been introduced into the world of business.

Soon thereafter, Christopher began the process of applying to law school. On one of his visits to the career planning office at Georgetown, he stumbled upon a memo from the U.S. Tax Court, a forum for taxpayers to settle their differences with the IRS. They were looking for a traveling trial clerk to administer trials throughout the U.S. Christopher took the job and spent the next year traveling the country conducting trials for the Tax Court. He spent his free time that year exploring his changing cityscapes and applying to law school.

Biography of Christopher Sabec: Part III

Christopher Sabec Gary HeartChristopher Sabec’s love of music and concerts took root in school projects. The first live concert he attended was Heart and he was immediately hooked. Starting with the first summer that he could drive, and throughout his high school years, he subscribed to the concert series at the local amphitheater for a pair of lawn tickets and attended every concert he could make time for including Tom Petty, Neil Young, the Cars, Pat Benatar, The Tubes, Journey, The Who, Rush, The Police, The Go-Gos, Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen.

Academically, Christopher was a strong student in high school, gravitating towards English and social sciences. His parents generously made it known from an early age that they were more than happy to send him to college. The question for him was never whether he would go to college, but where – his goal being to find a place where he could focus on his strong political interests. As he completed the application his senior year, the choice came down to the University of Virginia or Georgetown University.

He entered Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in the fall of 1983, majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Theology. The School of Foreign Service is an undergraduate school dedicated to preparing its students for internationally oriented careers, with an emphasis on diplomacy. Not surprisingly, the Washington, D.C. campus ended up being the ideal environment for his interest in politics to grow and much of his education came outside the classroom.

Early in his first year, he has the opportunity to hear Gary Hart speak. At the time, Heart was a Senator from Colorado and long shot presidential candidate. Hart’s speech inspired Christopher and he found himself volunteering to help with his campaign. By winter break, he was working every day at Heart’s cramped campaign headquarters above a Chinese restaurant near the Capitol. Within a few weeks Christopher ventured to New Hampshire, campaigning door-to-door for the primary, which Heart went on to win in an upset over Walter Mondale. With the win came a lot of national exposure and the campaign eventually came down to a two-man race between Hart and Mondale. Christopher soon found himself working directly under Heart’s fundraising chief, as well as coordinating the field in Virginia. On the fundraising side, Christopher spent a great deal of time organizing a series of cocktail parties and concerts hosted by Stephen King and Carole King. Billed as A Night with Two Kings, these events successfully introduced Hart to political donors across the county. Back in Virginia, Christopher was elected a delegate to the Virginia State Democratic Convention. He was 19 at the time and one of the youngest delegates at the convention.