ANCA Begins 2003 with Chairman’s Visit to California

LOS ANGELES–To kick off the Armenian National Committee of America’s 2003 fundraising efforts–ANCA Chairman Ken Hachikian will be visiting California on January 18. ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian will accompany Hachikian. The visit will include two fundraising events and will provide community leaders and activists the opportunity to personally meet with the Chairman to discuss ANCA’s 2003 agenda from a national perspective. The ANCA is the largest grass-roots and most influential Armenian advocacy organization in the nation and is funded primarily through individual donations.

Hachikian and Hamparian will take the opportunity to also discuss advancement of Armenian issues in Congress during the coming year. Last year–the ANCA initiated and led the effort for a resolution in the United States Senate anticipating the anniversary of the adoption of the UN convention on the prevention of Genocides with specific mention of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

Hachikian was appointed to his post last year and has–during his tenure as Chairman–successfully built on the effectiveness and efficiency of ANCA’s operations in Washington–DC and around the country.

To welcome Hachikian to Los Angeles–a major ANCA fund-raiser will take place on the evening of January 18 at the Estate of Mr. Varoujan Karapetian in Beverly Hills. A second ANCA fund-raiser will be held on Sunday–January 19.

"The Chairman’s visits to the Western Region–is always exciting for the entire Armenian-American community in California. Mr. Hachikian is able to present a broad view of what is going on with the Armenian Cause–not just in the West Coast but also all over the nation. He articulates very clearly what is needed to elevate our efforts to the next level of advocacy and activism," stated Ardashes Kassakhian–Director of Government Relations for the ANCA-Western Region.

Ken Hachikian graduated from Harvard College in 1971 magna cum laude with a BA in Economics and from Harvard Business School in 1973 with an MBA as a Baker Scholar. He worked at the Boston Consulting Group for nine years in the field of corporate strategy. He then started up a health care services company in 1983–advancing it from a startup to an over $60 million company seven years later.

In 1996–he became President of Belmont Capital Partners–LLC–a private equity firm focusing on emerging companies. He serves on the Board of Directors of several of Belmont’s portfolio companies–including as non-executive Chairman of the Board.

Hachikian has been active in community affairs as well–having served on his local school board in the Chicago area for six years–four as President. He has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and is currently a member of the World Presidents’ Organization.

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