On Mon., May 7, Hagop (Jack) Antounian, the founder and president of the Armenian Business Network (ABN), will speak at the dinner meeting of the St. James Armenian Church Men’s Club on “The ABN and Networking.”
Antounian is a strategic business leader with over 20 years of demonstrated success in leading high-tech manufacturing companies and supply chains serving the semiconductor, robotics, medical, and telecommunications industries. He has held various leadership positions in manufacturing operations and currently is the vice-president of manufacturing (North American and China operations) at BTU International, a leading global supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment for the alternative energy and electronics assembly markets. Prior to BTU, Antounian was the vice-president of operations at SEEGRID, a producer of vision-guided mobile robots.
A native of Massachusetts, Antounian is a LEAN Sigma and DFX expert and two-time recipient of the Shingo Prize for operational excellence. He is a change agent who has spent his career reengineering and transforming companies into high-performing world-class competitors. He has extensive experience in developing and managing global supply chains, particularly in Asia, to achieve strategic advantages. He is a catalyst for positive change, infusing organizations with customer-centric policies that have consistently resulted in increased revenue.
Antounian has a BSEE with a minor in computer engineering from Northeastern University, an MS in business administration from Boston University, and an executive education program certificate from Harvard Business School.
Antounian founded the Armenian Business Network in November 2010, and the group has quickly grown to over 3,100 members—a testament to the need for an organization focused entirely on business advancement for Armenians, with no political or religious affiliations. The group’s focus is to provide a forum for Armenian professionals, business owners, service providers, students, and organizations to support each other, their businesses, humanitarian causes, and the community by expanding and sharing their contact base.
ABN plans business workshops with expert speakers, provides online job postings, organizes networking events at Armenian-owned venues, and provides an online platform for members to promote their businesses, services, local causes, and events. A new program, “Champion an Armenian,” is comprised entirely of member volunteers who share their expertise or knowledge in a particular field with other members who seek guidance, mentoring, career advice, or employment within the same field.
In the coming months, ABN will publish an Armenian Business E-Directory. This valuable tool will enable members to easily identify Armenian entities and individuals to support. All the programs instituted by ABN are to facilitate the primary vision for the group—Armenians supporting Armenians.
For more information or to join ABN, search “Armenian Business Network” on LinkedIn or on Facebook.
The social hour starts with mezza at 6:15 p.m., followed by a complete losh kebab and kheyma dinner at 7 p.m. Admission is $12 per person. The dinner meeting will be held at the St. James Armenian Church, Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center, Keljik Hall, on 465 Mt. Auburn St. in Watertown. Ladies are welcome.