Liu and Calarco then sat down for a wide-ranging discussion with George, which ranged from business to politics to sports (Abiaad is a staunch Lakers supporter and Kobe fan because of his dedicated work ethic). We learned that, during college, George worked as a janitor; and by the age of 19 he started his own cleaning business, which eventually grew into Royal Corporation. In addition to Royal’s nationwide presence, George also spoke about Royal’s recent presence in the Middle East.
George Abiaad, Principal-President of Royal Corporation
The conversation eventually turned to George's education. In college, he initially majored in Math and Civil Engineering, and took classes in philosophy as a side interest. At one point, he decided to take a cross-listed course in Symbolic Logic. George recalled that his professor "brought the subject to life" for him. He became "captivated by the field and took every class" he could take. As he stacked up philosophy units, he decided to become a major and have it become the focus of his degree. As George learned more about philosophy, he "quickly realized" it was more than just one discipline among others. He came to see philosophy as a "foundational tool for thinking." Not only was philosophy helpful for understanding cultural differences but it was also key to helping him learn the art of logical persuasion.