NEW YORK–David Harounian, CEO of Harounian Rugs Intl. and past president of Oriental Rugs Importers Association (ORIA), has formed the Persian American Business Leadership Council to “strengthen the bonds between this vibrant immigrant ethnic group and the broader American business community as a whole,” said a statement.
Harounian decided to launch this organization based on his leadership experience at ORIA, where he was president from 1996 to 1999. “The Persian-American business community is built on the integrity of the individual businessman and woman and the collective experience of immigrants committed to living the American dream,” Harounian said. “We believe we have an obligation to our country, our families and ourselves to promote the success of our shared experience, honoring those who have come before us and assisting those who will follow.”
Based here, the organization is being rolled out this month and its website will go live after the first of the year. A spokesperson said the council envisions eventually offering such programs as a business hall of fame and possible academic scholarships.
“It is estimated that the United States is home to more than a million Persian Americans, many of whom hold leadership positions throughout a broad spectrum of disciplines including business, law, real estate, science, medicine, the arts, entertainment and education,” Harounian added. “This emerging organization is designed to focus on those who have been enormously successful as business entrepreneurs.” However, the Persian American Business Leadership is open to all without regard to religion, ethnicity or background. “It is a celebration of the power of diversity in America. While its name proudly speaks to a specific heritage the council welcomes all to its membership roll as it underscores our group’s mission.”