LOS ANGELES—Well-known humanitarian and philanthropist Harry Nadjarian will be the recipient of the 2014 Ray R. Irani Pride of Heritage Award, presented by the Lebanese American Foundation, organizers announced.
Nadjarian, who is the chairman of the Board of Directors of Industrial Motor Power Corporation, is being recognized for his commitment and philanthropic efforts, as well as his civic leadership and unyielding dedication to the local Lebanese-American community.
Born in Beirut Lebanon into a loving Lebanese-Armenian family. The son of a master tailor, he 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 Nadjarian entered the diesel engine and parts rebuilding industry. In 2000, he founded Industrial Motor Power Corporation. Today, IMP Corporation is one of the largest privately owned industrial power equipment trading companies in the world. Headquartered in Burbank, California, the company supplies industrial generators and power plants from 500 KW to 200 MW. IMP provides substantial power resources within the United States, Africa, the Russian Federation, the Middle East, and South America.
Nadjarian serves on multiple Boards, including the Board of Trustees of Haigazian University in Beirut Lebanon, The Amideast, Lebanon Advisory Board, and The Board of Directors of The Lebanese American Foundation etc.
He is a humble, but determined man who, despite his access to an abundance of resources, powerful relationships, and countless honors and accolades, maintains himself in a consciously measured manner. He is a keen gentleman, whose generosity is proportionate to his successes.
Despite 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.
There is no doubt that Nadjarian is a proud Lebanese-American of Armenian heritage with a deep sense of duty who is always ready to help whenever and wherever the need arises, such as when he was asked to Chair the Earthquake relief fund for Armenia. He has a profound love for America, Lebanon, Armenia, the Armenian Church, and the Armenian and Lebanese service organizations.
“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,” said Nadjarian. The Nadjarians continuously donate to many charitable organizations, schools, and religious institutions.
For more than a decade, the Lebanese American Foundation, Inc. has worked tirelessly to establish one of the nation’s first urban, Lebanese-American cultural and educational centers in Los Angeles. This April, the LAF will celebrate its 13-year effort during the annual Ray R. Irani Pride of Heritage Award Gala Banquet.
The gala will take place on April 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The event will be attended by many distinguished dignitaries as well as government leaders.
In June 2012, the LAF purchased a building, located at 4800 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, Calif. The center officially opened its doors to the public in October 2013 but the building will be renovated to meet the LAF’s greater goals of offering educational and artistic workshops; a library and screening room for documentaries; a community room; and offices for the LAF and other non-profit organizations. Proceeds from the gala will go toward the LAF center’s remodeling efforts.