ANCA Appoints Ken Hachikian National Chairman

New Chairman will Speak at May 8th Capitol Hill Armenian Genocide Observance in Washington–DC

WASHINGTON–DC–The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) on Friday announced the appointment of Ken Hachikian of Lake Forest–Illinois as its new national chairman. The ANCA is the nation’s largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization–with chapters–activists–and supporters throughout the nation.

In a statement welcoming his appointment–the ANCA Board noted that–"Ken Hachikian is a proven leader with years of experience and broad-based involvement at all levels of the Armenian American community. We look forward to working with Ken as he turns his considerable talents–experience–and energy to the ANCA’s advocacy priorities in the nation’s capital."

The new chairman’s first public appearance was on May 4th in Los Angeles as the featured speaker at the Armenian Cultural Foundation annual banquet. He will also speak at the Capitol Hill Armenian Genocide Observance on May 8th in Washington–DC. (5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Senate Caucus Room–Russell Senate Office Building). This annual event–which consistently draws several dozen Senators and Representatives and community leaders from around the nation–will feature remarks by former Senator Bob Dole–who will be presented with the ANCA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hachikian is a 1971 honors graduate of Harvard College with a BA in Economics and an MBA–with high distinction–from Harvard Business School in 1973. Hachikian started his professional career with the Boston Consulting Group–following which he started a health care services company–Wellesley Medical Management. Currently he is President of Belmont Capital Partners L.L.C.–a private equity firm focused on early stage venture capital investmen’s. He serves on the Board of Directors of a number of Belmont’s portfolio companies.

Having grown up in Boston–Massachusetts–Hachikian currently lives in Lake Forest–Illinois with his wife of 28 years–Gloria–and his two sons–Adam and Eric. He has served on the boards or executive committees of the Armenian National Committee–Armenian Youth Foundation–Hairenik Association–and Armenian Youth Federation (AYF)–in which he served for four years on the Central Executive between 1967 and 1971–including one year as chairman. He has also served in the leadership of a number of other Armenian American community and church organizations as well as a broad range of American civic–educational–and professional groups.

Having joined the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) 34 years ago–Hachikian has held numerous leadership responsibilities–including four years on the ARF Eastern United States Central Committee in the mid-1980’s.

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