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James M. Hamid Sr.

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Circus Producers Association

Employment History

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About Us - Hamid Circus Inc. - The Circus Is Coming to Town..., 19 May 2014 [cached]
James M. Hamid Sr.
James M. Hamid, Sr., a third generation Circus Producer, began his career working summers carrying huge tin letters used to advertise the current attractions on the electrical billboards of the world famous Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ.
After a stint in the U.S. Army and his graduation from La Salle University in Philadelphia, Hamid returned to the family amusement businesses, this time as Director of Public Relations and Advertising for the various Hamid holdings, including the Steel Pier, New Jersey State Fair and the Greensboro Agricultural Fair.
When Hamid's grandfather, circus founder George A. Hamid, Sr., fell ill, James, Sr. was thrust into the role of Vice President and Production Manager of the big 3-ring extravaganza.
Just like his father and grandfather, James, Sr. grew to love the circus.
"The Circus has adapted over the years to take advantage of the latest technology in lighting and sound," says Hamid, "but the tried and true basics are still why people come to the show year after year. They want performing animals, clowns and spectacular aerial acts. The Circus is still bringing the same laughter, gasps and wonderment to the 21st Century as it did for the 19th and 20th Century patrons."
Hamid also serves the industry in another capacity. As President of Circus Producers Association, he works with the other U.S. Producers in helping to insure that quality and honesty are integral ingredients to today's circus productions. The Association also plays a key role in mediating disputes within the industry and is instrumental in maintaining insurance coverage for all performers.
James, Sr. is a member of Atlantic Lodge #221 F. & A.M., a member of Crescent and Murat Shrines, honorary member of Arab and Kalurah Shrines, a member of Circus Fans of America, the Circus Historical Society and the Outdoor Amusement Business Association.
James lives in Galloway, NJ with his wife Lorraine. He has five children and seven grandchildren.
Death of James Hamid, ..., 3 Feb 2014 [cached]
Death of James Hamid, Sr. CFA News
Death of James Hamid, Sr.
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James M. Hamid, Jr., CFA ..., 13 July 2009 [cached]
James M. Hamid, Jr., CFA Chair for New Jersey
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James M. Hamid, Jr., CFA Chair for New Jersey, as photographed by Dr. Don Curtis.
About Us - Hamid Circus Inc. - The Circus Is Coming to Town..., 19 April 2006 [cached]
James M. Hamid Jr.
Even though HAMID CIRCUS, INC.'S Vice President and Production Manager James M. Hamid, Jr. is at home in front of a computer keyboard or behind the controls of a mixing board or laser light panel, he still fondly recalls the time as a boy when his Dad would take him to visit the family circus on tour.
"The clowns used to put make-up on me and allow me to walk with them in the opening spec or wave to the crowd during Finale. I recognized then, as I do today, there is something special about bringing smiles to audience's faces," Hamid, Jr. said.
During his high school vacations, James, Jr. worked in all phases of the family business from circus roustabout to floor manager to executive, to becoming the youngest State Fair manager in the history of the United States at 24. James, Jr., is now acutely aware of all the minute details that go into the production of the two-hour family oriented spectacular.
This fourth generation showman can be seen in the circus arenas everyday making sure there are plenty of circus smiles to go around. James served on the Board of Directors of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association's Circus Unit, has been President of the George A. Hamid Tent # 109, Southern New Jersey's chapter of the Circus Fans of America for the last seven years, a member of the Circus Historical Society, a member of Burlington Lodge #66 F. & A.M., a member of Arab Shrine Temple and is an honorary member of Kalurah Shrine Temple. He lives in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. with his wife, Shirley, and two children, Belinda and James, III.
Jim Hamid Sr. grew up in ..., 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Jim Hamid Sr. grew up in a famed circus family, still has a hand in running the Great Hamid Circus and is president of the Circus Producers Association.Considering that history, it's more than a little funny that he and his four siblings had a childhood without circuses.
"We all were made to have a normal childhood," he said.
Jim Hamid Sr., George Jr.'s son, got into the family business after a stint in the Army and going to college at La Salle University in Philadelphia.
But it wasn't the circus business he got into at first.He was in charge of public relations and advertising for the Hamid families other holdings, which included Steel Pier in Atlantic City, N.J. and the New Jersey State Fair.
When Jim Sr.'s grandfather was stricken with cancer, Jim's father asked him to take over producing the circus, which meant a life on the road with the big top.
"It was a good business so my father didn't want to give it up," said Hamid, who admitted wishing at the time his father hadn't insisted on him taking over."Looking back on it, I'm glad he did. ... It's been fun."
Hamid's son, Jim Jr., now has the task of producing the circus, and he has a 3-year-old son who could someday become the fifth generation of the Hamid family to run a circus."I'm hoping he becomes a doctor myself," Hamid said with a laugh.
The Hamid Circus and the Shriners became linked long ago, and Hamid said the Shrine is now the largest producer of independent circuses in the country.
The advantage of being a "sponsored" circus, Hamid explained, is the Shriners, an offshoot of the Masons, are usually well known in the community and can get the word out about the circus coming to town in a way that's difficult for the circus to do on its own.
"They do wonderful work, they really do," Hamid said.
With more and more people getting so busy they have no time to give to benevolent organizations like the Shriners, Hamid said he can see a day coming in the distant future when there won't be a Shriners group anymore.But he sees no end for circuses.
"My grandfather used to say there'll always be a circus as long as there are children born," Hamid said.
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