APS Announces 2006 Professionals of the Year Award

GLENDALE–The Armenian Professional Society is pleased to announce that Nicholas Hacopian and Armen Janian have been selected to receive the Professional of the Year Award for 2006 at its October 8th Annual Banquet at The Beverly Hills Hotel.The Professional of the Year Awards have served as an excellent way for the Armenian community to recognize outstanding Professionals who serve their profession as well as the Armenian and American communities in a highly distinguished manner. Hacopian and Janian are the founding members of the Armenian American Chamber of Commerce and widely recognized as pillars of the organization.AACC is actively involved in advancing commerce between Armenia and the United States of America.Their common vision is that Armenia’s future is through its economic prosperity. At the request of Armenia’s Foreign Ministry, Mr. Armen Janian, Mr. Nicholas Hacopian and a number of dedicated AACC members have taken an active role to partner with Armenia’s and United State’s Governmen’s as part of the Millennium Challenge Compact to raise matching funds for co-sponsoring a rural village infrastructure repair and assistance in its economical development.Millennium Challenge Compact was awarded last March 2006 to Armenia as one of the 17 countries. For the Armenia School Foundation, Armen and Nick serve as a members of an organizing group that helped in the formation of the Armenia School Foundation as a non-profit organization in 2003.The Armenia School Foundation’s main goal is to provide funding to manufacture school furnishings in Armenia, with the aim of replacing all old dilapidated school furnishing in Armenia and Karabagh’s schools. Janian and Hacopian are the founding members of the Armenian American Chamber of Commerce and widely recognized as pillars of the organization.AACC is actively involved in advancing commerce between Armenia and the United States of America.Their common vision is that Armenia’s future is through its economic prosperity. Nick served as two term president and helped organize two "Made in Armenia Expo" s for the Armenian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC).These "Expos" introduced Armenia’s entrepreneurs to the US market and familiarized them with the products manufactured in Armenia. Under their leadership, in 2001 and 2002, the AACC lobbied with other Armenian organizations to establish the California Trade Office in Yerevan.In 2002 they coordinated a letter advocacy campaign by AACC’s members and supporters, for the passage of "Permanent Normal Trade Relation" (PNTR) status for Armenia by the Untied States Senate and Congress. Armen currently holds the status of Honorary Chairman of the Armenian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC). Armen and Nick are executive board members on the Glendale College Foundation.Additionally, Armen is involved in the Citizens Oversight Committee for Bond Expenditure at the college. Hacopian was born in Tehran, Iran and attended college (high-school) in England. He migrated to United States in 1976. He graduated from Woodbury University, CA, majoring in Management and Accounting and began his professional career in Real Estate Management.In 1982 he partnered in a property management firm named B&H Management.In 1985 he started Glen-West Realty Services. Glen-West’s Management division has an inventory in excess of one hundred buildings and has been growing steadily since its inception.Glen West is noted for its creative character, quality of service, consistency and leadership in developing and supplying its clients with a high degree of technical services. Nick Hacopian has managed construction of multifamily apartment buildings and retail development’s and as State Court Receivers, he has supervised over 30 Real Estate Owned (REO) buildings for financial institutions. Throughout his career, Nick Hacopian has been involved in a-variety of organizations and associations, some of which are: Institute of Real Estate Management, Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Citizen’s Oversight Committee for Glendale College’s Bond Measure G, Glendale College Foundation, Character and Ethics Project of Glendale, Glendale College’s President Selection Committee, Armenia School Foundation, Verdugo Work Force Investment Board, Glendale Sunrise Rotary, and the Armenian American Chamber of Commerce The Citizen’s Oversight Committee for Glendale College’s Bond Measure G oversees spending of Bond Measure G funds approved by Glendale Voters for the purpose of improving the collage’s infrastructure.Nick is serving his 2nd term on this committee.For the Character and Ethics Project of Glendale, he served as a board member for three years. For the Glendale College’s President Selection Committee, he served as a member of community.This committee was comprised of college faculty and staff. He is serving as the current president of the Verdugo Work Force Investment Board.The Verdugo Work Force Investment Board oversees a budget dedicated for training and re-training out of school and in school youth, dislocated workers and unemployed.During the most recent federal budget cuts, he lobbied on behalf of the organization in Washington DC for maintaining allocation at previous year level. He served as president of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary, during 2000 2001 fiscal year, and helped with establishment of Sister Club Relationship with Rotary Club of Yerevan. This relationship has resulted into;Providing cervical cancer detection equipment for the Yerevan State University’s Medical Hospital, providing partial furnishing for Yerevan State University’s Medical Hospital children’s ward, delivered 280 wheel chairs to the Armenia’s neediest, provided partial funding towards the purchase ofblood diagnostic machine for the Armenia Bone Marrow Project and currently working towards providing matching funds through Rotary International Foundation and Armenia School Foundation to replace one entire school’s furnishing in Ejmiadzin. In early 2006, Nick lobbied members of congress to cosponsor House Resolution 3361, which was introduced by Representatives Joe Knollenberg, Frank Pallone and George Radanovich. Additionally, on behalf of AACC’s members, he organized a letter writing campaign which directed all members of United States Congress in support of House Resolution 3361.HR 3361 banned the use of Export-Import funding for a railroad project sponsored by Turkish and Azeri governmen’s that seeked to exclude Armenia from economic and regional transportation opportunities. Nick is married to Sarah Hacopian and proud father of two sons Alexander and Allen. Janian was born in Abadan, Iran and migrated to United Sates in 1970. Armen is an attorney with his law firm based in Glendale, California, and Dubai, United Arab Emerates.He has been in law practice since 1982. Armen is involved in countless community affairs, both locally and internationally.He serves on several boards for both non-profit and charitable organizations. He is a committee member of the Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation.Armen is a member of the Board of Trustees as well as legal counsel to the Armenian Relief Center (ARC) whose mission is to aid people who suffer from alcohol and substance abuse.Armen is co-founder and legal counsel of the Research on Armenian Architecture (RAA), a non-profit organization that researches and preserves Armenian monumen’s and churches throughout the world.He also co-founded and sits on the board of the Armenian American Republicans, a non-profit organizations with a mission to support the Republican party. Armen is recipient of several awards, including Crown and Eagle Medal of Honor in the Field of Law, and Gold Medal of Honor of Peter the Great from Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, US Section. Armen is married to Roubina Der Sarkissian, also an active member of the Armenian community.Armen is a proud father to his daughter Taleen. APS is a non-profit organization established in 1958 for the purpose of fostering fellowship among Armenian professionals and providing annual gran’s and scholarships to universities in Armenia & Karabagh, and to graduate students in the United States.Each year APS recognizes an individual who has provided outstanding service to the Armenian community or an Armenian who has excelled in his or her field with the Professional of the Year Award.Past recipients include: George Deukmejian, Governor State of California; Armand Arabian, Supreme Court Justice State of California; Elizabeth Dole, Public Servant; Jerry Tarkanian, Basketball Coach; Mark J. & Paul J. Geragos, Attorneys. For information regarding the event contact the APS via email:apsla@apsla.org or voicemail: 818-685-9946.

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