GLENDALE–The Homenetmen Western United States Regional Executive announced its decision to honor long-time member and Homenetmen’supporter Shant Haytayan as this year’s recipient of the Exemplary Homenetmen Member Award.
Born in Beirut–Haytayan–received his primary education at the Sourp Hagop School-known today as the Chatalbashian School-in the Eshrefiyeh district of the city–continuing his education at the Mekhitarian Armenian School–as well as the Nshan Palanjian Jemaran. Haytayan also concluded a two-year study program at the Beirut School of English and Advance Studies.
Since the age of 7–this year’s honoree has been a member of the Homenetmen Eshrefiyeh chapter–as a scout. Haytayan’s skills as a smart businessman were shaped and perfected in his teens and twenties while working with his father during his free hours. Haytayan’s father–at the time–owned one of the most flourishing businesses in the city-the Souk Arman Footwear Store–where Haytayan took on greater responsibilities at the age of 11.
At the age of 20 Haytayan moved to the United States in 1972–taking up residence in the Hollywood area–where in the initial years he held a number of jobs including as a gas station operator–as well as a clothing sales representative at the Syambar Company. While working at Syambar between 1973 and 1978–Haytayan was exposed to a group of young jewelers–with whose encouragement–he changed his line of work and entered the jewelry trait–registering great successes along the way.
In 1978 Haytayan’s entire family regrouped in the United States–and he re-energized his involvement with Homenetmen by becoming a member of the Los Angeles Chapter. While building on his new line of work–Haytayan met Verjine–with whom he married and began a family. The Haytayans have two children-Haig and Mike-who have attended Merdinian and the Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian schools. Haig is slated to complete his undergraduate degree in English and Business at the University of California–Los Angeles.
"Homenetmen for me is a philosophy of sorts," explained Haytayan. "’Elevate Yourself and Others With You’ has had an immense effect on me–where it has served me beyond my organizational life–reaching into my family life–as well as the business world–and I have seen a lot of success because of it."
Haytayan has at all times given much more than expected of him to Homenetmen–and has not allowed his otherwise busy life to come in the way of his service to his community.
He has remained active both on the executive and membership and other leadership levels at the Los Angeles Chapter. Since 1980–the exemplary member has continuously worked on the Regional Executive Financial Subcommittee–and has also served for two terms on the Regional Executive Board. Haytayan has always been entrusted with various projects including victory balls–sponsors–and other fundraising and organizing activities.
In a Los Angeles Times article on June 5–discussing the Los Angeles jewelry market and businesses–Haytayan was featured as a successful member of the trade. The Haytayan jewelry business has also expanded beyond the borders of the United States reaching the four corners of the world.
"It is a huge honor to me to have received the Homenetmen Exemplary Member Award–and I have felt a great sense of appreciation and satisfaction at the Regional Executive’s decision," said Haytayan. "I am sure there are many more worthy candidates for this honor–and I strongly believe that honors such as this are important for individuals in this organization–especially young members–who continue their work with greater enthusiasm."