Three Businesses Honored at AACC Annual Business Gala

GLENDALE–The Armenian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) celebrated its Annual Business Gala on Friday–February 18. The event honored Aida Yeghiazarian as Businesswoman of the Year–Fred Khachekian as Businessman of the Year–and Frank Melkonian/Closet World as Business of the Year.

The sold out event took place at the Renaissance Restaurant in Glendale–where over 400 community members–including a large number of dignitaries and elected officials attended the event. "The outpouring of support by our sponsors–businesses–elected officials–and our community members for the Gala was a testament to the years of hard work done by our members–and this has only added more vigor to AACC’s commitment to our community," said Armond Agakhani–Chairman of the AACC.

Former Mayor of City of Glendale–Hon. Larry Zarian served as the master of ceremony–while certificates of recognition were presented to the honorees by Sheriff Lee Baca–Hon. Judge Zaven Sinanian–CA State Assemblymember Carol Liu and Cindy Montanez–City of Glendale Mayor Bob Yousefian and Glendale councilmember Frank Quintero–Anthony Portantino–Mayor pro-tem City of La Canada–and a congratulatory letter from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Also present during the event were Glendale community College Board of Trustee members Ara Najarian and Dr. Armineh Hacopian–Glendale Unified School Board President Greg Krekorian–Burbank Unified School District Board member Paul Krikorian–Chief Deputy Director for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Lisa Kalustian–and Kevin De Leon from the CA Teachers’ Association.

Additional certificates were presented by Jorge Nunez–Representative for CA State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez–Narine Zadarian representing CA Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer–Ray Cordova–Assistant to John Chiang Member of CA State Board of Equalization–Baydsar Thomasian–Field Deputy for LA Councilmember Eric Garcetti–Rita Hadjmanoukian–representative for Supervisor Michael Antonovich–Haig Kartounian–representative for Congressman Adam Schiff–and Vahik Gourjian–Representative for State Senator Jack Scott.

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