Celebrating 60 Years of Advancing Education and Professional Fellowship Among Armenians
February 2018 – Los Angeles, CA – The Armenian Professional Society (APS) named its 2018 Executive Board with Lauren Hovanesian and Kathryn Mgrublian joining the members from the 2017 leadership team: Nerses Aposhian, Olivia Jamgotchian, Alex Martinian, Armen Haroutunian, Patrick Tanahan and Serli Polatoglu. As 2018 marks the 60th Anniversary of APS, the Executive Board will continue to build on the organization’s momentum.
Nerses Aposhian acts as Executive Board President of APS, having previously been Communications Director. He is a hospitality consultant and co-founder of Ignitus, a full-service marketing agency. For his undergraduate studies, Nerses attended USC, earning a degree in Political Science and Communication. Shortly after, Nerses attended Loyola Law School.
Olivia Jamgotchian currently serves as President-Elect of APS, having previously been Events Director. She works in business development and strategy for the Capital Group. In addition, Olivia is the founder of HighTouch Consulting, a strategic business development firm focused on helping startups and small businesses raise capital. Olivia graduated from the USC Marshall School of Business with a B.A. in Business Administration.
Alex Martinian continues his service on the APS Executive Board as Immediate Past President. He currently works as an investment analyst in Downtown Los Angeles. Following his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, he worked for over three years in public equity investing in Baltimore, Maryland at T. Rowe Price. He then attended business school at Stanford, receiving his MBA.
Armen Haroutunian continues his role as Finance Director for APS. He is an Associate with Freddie Mac. Prior to Freddie Mac, Armen managed an investment portfolio of office and retail properties in various states. Armen received his BS in Finance from California State University Northridge. He is currently pursuing his Master of Business Administration from USC Marshall School of Business.
Patrick Tanahan continues his service on the Executive Board as Marketing Director for APS. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Ignitus, a full-service marketing agency, and the Co-Founder of Quixprint, a national provider of commercial printing for the digital age. He attended the USC Marshall School of Business, having earned his B.S. in Marketing & Entrepreneurship in 2014.
Serli Polatoglu now serves as Scholarship Director for APS, having previously been Vice President. She is a Litigation Associate at Paul Hastings LLP. She graduated from UCLA summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in English, and from UCLA School of Law in 2016.
Kathryn Mgrublian joins the Executive Board as Communications Director. She is Principal and Founder of ClearWest Communications, a public relations firm. Previously, she was an Account Supervisor at FleishmanHillard. She graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Psychology and Literature.
Lauren Hovanesian joins the Executive Board as Events Director. She is a Purchasing Director at Liberty I. Exchange Inc. She is the new president of SOAR's LA chapter, an organization that provides orphaned Armenians with resources fundamental to their development. Lauren graduated from the University of San Diego where she double majored in Graphic Design and Business Marketing.
About Armenian Professional Society
The Armenian Professional Society (APS) was formed in 1958 for the advancement of education and fellowship among Armenians. Since its inception, APS has supported over 300 students of Armenian descent in the United States by granting scholarships to graduate students in a variety of fields. In addition, APS has supported education in Armenia by providing grants to American University of Armenia, State Engineering University of Armenia, Yerevan State University, and Artsakh State University. APS hosts regular talks and networking events of interest to members. As a capstone to every year, APS recognizes a Professional of the Year who has provided outstanding service to the Armenian community; past recipients include former California Governor George Deukmejian, former U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Evans, and biotechnology entrepreneur and Aurora Prize Co-founder Noubar Afeyan.