From the outset, the story of this highly accomplished, yet humble philanthropist is much like many others while at the same time extraordinary.
The first thing you notice about Harry Nadjarian is how impeccably well dressed, poised and thoughtful he is. His words are measured, he listens and speaks as only a wise man with a wealth of experience and knowledge can. Born in Beirut into a loving Lebanese-Armenian family, he is the son of a master tailor who credits his father for his appreciation and taste for the finest. In 1975, he immigrated to California following the start of the Lebanese civil war.
In 1977 Harry entered the diesel engine and parts rebuilding industry. In 2000, he founded Industrial Motor Power Corporation. Today, IMP Corporation is considered one of the largest privately owned industrial power equipment trading companies in the world. Headquartered in Burbank, California, the company supplies generators from 500 Kilowatts to 200 Megawatt power plants, and provides substantial power resources within the United States, Africa, the Russian Federation, the Middle East, and South America.
Harry is a humble yet determined man on the move who, despite his access to an abundance of resources, powerful relationships, and the recipient of countless honors and accolades, maintains himself in a consciously measured manner. He is a keen gentleman, whose generosity is curiously proportionate to his successes. However, above all of this, he takes the most pride in what he considers the greatest of his accomplishments, being a loving husband to his wife Cheryl and devoted father to their children, Nicholas and Alexandra. This is evidenced clearly as his face lights up when he shares each of their pictures, which are displayed throughout his elegant offices. There is no doubt that Mr. Nadjarian is a proud Armenian-American with a deep sense of duty who is always ready to help whenever and wherever the need arises, such as he did when he was asked to Chair the Earthquake relief fund for Armenia. He has a profound love for America, Armenia, the Armenian Church, the Armenian service organizations and Armenians in general. “There are certainly many far more successful people than me out there, but so long as I can do my share, I find fulfillment and contentment in that,” he states. The Nadjarians continuously donate to many Armenian and American charitable organizations, schools, and churches.
Recently Mr. and Mrs. Nadjarian pledged a generous contribution of $250,000 to the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, in honor of the historic Pontifical Visit of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia. The majority of this contribution will be allocated to Prelacy Schools in California.