Stan Escudero

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Stan Escudero is a career diplomat and businessman, who lives in Daytona Beach Shores with his wife, Jaye.

Biography

A career diplomat for 33 years and a businessman for ten years thereafter,
Stan Escudero is a native Floridian, who was born in Daytona Beach in
1942, and spent his childhood in New Smyrna. Upon final retirement in 2010
he and Jaye, his wife of 43 years, returned to the area and currently live
in Daytona Beach Shores.

Stan 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 in
1965 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
examination process.

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 General
George Crist and Army General 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 and
villages. 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 ten-year second career in which the couple and their two
sons Alexander and Benjamin started several businesses. As an ambassador
Stan 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 President or Vice-President for virtually all of the
decade he spent in Azerbaijan.

In February 2010 Stan 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, Stan 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.

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