SOAR - San Antonio/Austin Chapter

SOAR-San Antonio became part of the SOAR family in January 2012 and expanded to include Austin in September 2013. SOAR-San Antonio/Austin was SOAR's first Chapter in the Southwest. While there is a small Armenian community in San Antonio, they have been organized for more than four decades, galvanized, in part, by the Armenian Church of San Antonio that was founded in 1967. The Armenian community of Austin is relatively young. It is, however, growing rapidly with about 200 Armenian families living there presently. The community has the Armenian Church of Austin, the Armenian Club at the University, and an Armenian language school.

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Board of Directors:

Eric MardianEric Mardian

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Ed Nichanian

Growing up in Cairo, Egypt, he would often notice grown men kiss his grandfather’s hand instead of the common handshake. It was not until his grandfather passed that he learned the reason; his grandfather had saved all these men and their families during the genocide, by smuggling them out to Egypt and then helped them settle in their new homeland.

Born in Cairo, Egypt to an Armenian father, an avid supporter of the Armenian community of Egypt, and a Greek mother, he travelled the world with his dad by the age of 15. After his dad lost his battle with cancer, he left his mother and sister behind and moved to the USA for better opportunities.

Having lived in Maryland, Washington, DC and Montreal, he settled in Providence, RI where he ran a successful Wine Shoppe on the East Side of Providence and established one of the first wine ecommerce businesses. He was a supporter of the large Armenian community of RI and President of the Wayland Square Business Association.

Armed with a degree in Management Information Systems from McGill University, a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management and an MBA in International Business from Johnson & Wales University, and fluency in 5 languages, he sold his business and moved back to Egypt with his wife to take care of his ailing mother. While in Cairo, he managed and automated Le Pacha 1901 (an upscale nine outlet restaurant, member of the Chaine des Rotisseurs,) followed by Fort Arabesque, a 400 room Red Sea resort.

After cheating death three times in a terrorist attack in Sharm, he returned to the USA with his wife. They came to visit friends for a weekend in Austin in 2007 and never left, even though he had a job lined up at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. In the middle of the recession, he re-started his career as a call center reservations agent for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. With his experience, languages and drive, he quickly rose to an Analyst position, investigating fraud for the SPG loyalty program. He is currently the Assistant General Manager of Hotel Indigo, opening in downtown Austin in February 2016.

He enjoys good food and wine, trap and skeet shooting, travel and spending quality time with his wife and two little adorable “furry” kids.

Meredith SisoianMeredith Sisoian

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Nick SisoianNick Sisoian

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