Armenian Assembly Appoints Chair and Welcomes New Members to Endowment Committee

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Armenian Assembly of America Endowment Committee Chair Vahan Janjigian, Ph.D., Endowment Committee Member Sheila Kahyaoglu, and Endowment Committee Member Vahe Stepanian

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) appointed Life Trustee Vahan Janjigian as the Chair of the Assembly’s Endowment Committee and welcomes two new members to the Committee, Sheila Kahyaoglu and Vahe Stepanian.

“The Armenian Assembly appreciates the dedicated commitment and hard work of all the members of the Endowment Committee, and is proud to welcome longtime Assembly supporter Vahan Janjigian as Committee Chair, and Sheila Kahyaoglu and Vahe Stepanian as the two newest members of the team. They will be great additions to the Committee, and we look forward to working with them,” Assembly Board of Trustees Treasurer Bianka Kadian Dodov said.

Vahan Janjigian, Ph.D. is Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Greenwich Wealth Management, LLC and a member of the CFA Institute’s Corporate Disclosure Policy Council. He occasionally teaches a class on equity investment management to executives in New York and Singapore. He previously served as editor of the Forbes Special Situation Survey and was identified by Hulbert Interactive as the #1 stock picker during one of the worst 10-year periods in the market. Dr. Janjigian frequently appears as a commentator on various television and radio networks. He is the author of Even Buffett Isn’t Perfect and co-author of The Forbes/CFA Institute Investment Course, as well as the author of numerous academic research papers. Dr. Janjigian holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University, and both a Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

“It is an honor to be asked to chair a committee of such highly qualified and accomplished investment professionals. I look forward to working with all of our members in helping the Armenian Assembly achieve its investment goals,” Janjigian said.

Sheila Kahyaoglu is a Senior Vice President in Equity Research at Jefferies covering the Aerospace and Defense sector. Her coverage includes public equities such as Boeing, Honeywell, and United technologies. She joined Jefferies in March 2012. Ms. Kahyaoglu was ranked Rising Star by Institutional Investor’s All-America Research poll in 2015 and 2014. Prior to Jefferies, Sheila was a research analyst at Credit Suisse covering the Electrical Equipment and Multi Industry (EE/MI) space. From 2005 to 2008, Sheila was a Leveraged Finance analyst at JPMorgan. Ms. Kahyaoglu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from New York University.

“I am honored to be a part of the Endowment Committee and join my esteemed colleagues in ensuring the best possible asset management for members of the Armenian Assembly who are creating a legacy through endowments,” Kahyaoglu stated.

Vahe Stepanian is a Vice President in the New York office of J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank. Mr. Stepanian focuses on providing comprehensive wealth management solutions to ultra-high net worth individuals, family offices, executives, and entrepreneurs. He works with a team of professionals to advise on asset allocation, capital and liquidity strategies, wealth transfer opportunities and banking needs. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Mr. Stepanian spent nearly nine years working at Deutsche Bank in New York, most recently on the Key Client Partners team, where he was responsible for relationship management and coverage for select U.S. family offices and ultra-high net worth individuals. In this role, he was focused on direct investment opportunities and providing clients access to the global resources of DB’s Corporate & Investment Bank. Prior to that, he was a member of Wealth Investment Coverage, a cross-asset investment solutions team within the Private Bank. Mr. Stepanian holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

“I look forward to this opportunity to help the Armenian Assembly enhance the growth of its investments and further develop its mission and vision for the future, and am eager to apply my experience and perspective alongside fellow members of the Endowment Committee,” Stepanian said.

In addition to Chair Vahan Janjigian, Sheila Kahyaoglu, and Vahe Stepanian, the Armenan Assembly’s Endowment Committee includes Seta Kiremidjian and Seth Setrakian, as well as Assembly Board Treasurer Bianka Kadian Dodov.

A financial services professional, Seta Kiremidjian leads Business Development at Aptigon Capital, an equity long-short strategy which was part of Citadel Investment Group. Prior to joining Aptigon, Ms. Kiremidjian was a senior salesperson at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for over 10 years. As a hedge fund specialist, Ms. Kiremidjian was responsible for developing key relationships with large Long/Short Equity, Multi-Strategy, and Event Driven Funds. Ms. Kiremidjian had previously served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to the America’s Head of Sales after starting at the bank in Relationship Management. Before her tenure at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ms. Kiremidjian worked at Kelmoore Investment Company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Management from Franklin College, Switzerland.

Seth Setrakian is a Managing Member and Board Member of Merus Global, a family office focused on macro investing. From 2001-2016, Seth was a Partner and CIO of First NY Securities, a global proprietary trading firm. In addition, Seth was a Partner at Seneca Capital from 1996-2001 and a contributor to the Ira Sohn Investment Conference. Seth graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.


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New Members Join Armenian Caucus as Armenian Assembly Promotes Stronger U.S.-Armenia Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New Members joined the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues and more members co-sponsored the bipartisan Armenian Genocide resolution as a result of successful meetings led by the Armenian Assembly of America.

The Armenian Assembly, along with its state chairs and grassroots activists, met with a host of congressional offices to discuss strengthening U.S.-Armenia relations, co-sponsoring House Resolution 296, and joining the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues. As a result of these meetings, Representatives Nanette Barragan (D-CA), Gil Cisneros (D-CA), Kevin Hern (R-OK), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Katie Porter (D-CA), and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) joined the Armenian Caucus, bringing it to 116 Members, and over 100 Members supporting H.Res.296.

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Terjenian-Thomas Assembly Internship Program participant Armen Kaprelian, Armenian Assembly Congressional Relations Director Mariam Khaloyan, Armenian Assembly Maryland State Chair Armineh Ghazarian, Congresswoman Nanette Barragan, Armenian Assembly Communications Director Danielle Saroyan Ashbahian, Armenian Assembly Pennsylvania State Chair Paul Sookiasian, and Armenian Assembly Virginia State Chair Meganoosh Avakian

“For years, the Armenian community’s vibrant culture has been an integral presence in Los Angeles and across the country. I’m honored to be a member of the Armenian Caucus and look forward to joining my colleagues in working on issues that matter to Armenian-Americans,” Rep. Barragan told the Armenian Assembly.

“As a new member of the Congressional Armenian Caucus, I look forward to working with this bipartisan group of lawmakers as we build stronger economic, cultural, and diplomatic ties with the people of Armenia,” Rep. Spanberger said to the Armenian Assembly. “I’m also proud to represent many Armenian Americans across Virginia’s 7th district.”

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Throughout April and May, the Assembly met with numerous offices on Capitol Hill as well as in their districts, including Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Judy Chu (D-CA), Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), John Curtis (R-UT), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Ann Kuster (D-NH), Debbie Lesko (R-AZ), Mike Levin (D-CA), Grace Meng (D-NY), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Richard Neal (D-MA), Joe Neguse (D-CO), Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Katie Porter (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Ross Spano (R-FL), Norma Torres (D-CA), and Rob Wittman (R-VA), among others.

Assembly’s State Chairs Herman and his wife Laura Purutyan from Massachusetts, Armineh Ghazarian from Maryland, Paul Sookiasian from Pennsylvania, Meganoosh Avakian from Virginia, along with members and supporters such as Terjenian-Thomas Assembly Internship Program participant Armen Kaprelian from Arizona and Drs. Alice and Ara Apkarian from Orange County, California were instrumental in encouraging U.S. Representatives to join the Armenian Caucus and co-sponsor the Armenian Genocide resolution.

Rep. Susie Lee, who also joined the Armenian Caucus earlier this year, stated: “Nevada’s Third District is unique thanks to our diversity and strong ties among different communities that call Southern Nevada home. I’m proud to join the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues so that we can continue advocating for the unique issues facing Armenia and continue to support Nevada’s Third District Armenian people.”

“Thanks to the efforts of our state chairs and activists, we are gaining momentum with more Representatives joining the Armenian Caucus and co-sponsoring the bipartisan Armenian Genocide resolution,” said Mariam Khaloyan, Director of Congressional Relations at the Armenian Assembly. “To support the Armenian Assembly’s efforts, we encourage everyone to reach out to their elected officials as well as plan to attend the Armenian Assembly’s National Advocacy Conference this year, set for September 16-17,” Khaloyan added.

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.


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