Jim Kzirian is the Chairman of the Armenian Heritage Cruise Executive Committee. Jim Kzirian has been involved with the Armenian Cultural Association and associated organizations most of his life. He was a member of the Armenian Youth Federation (Youth Organization of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation) from age 18 – 28. He was Chairman of the AYF Eastern Region USA Central Executive for four years from 2005 – 2008. He is a member of the Philadelphia ARF and was treasurer of the Executive from 2011 – 2013. Jim has has held various other organizational leadership positions including Chairman of the AYF Olympic games (the largest Armenian Youth gathering on the East Coast), Chairman of the 2013 ANCA Eastern Region Banquet, and Executive Committee member of the Armenian Heritage Cruise from 2014 – 2016. He has been involved with the Armenian Heritage Cruise for over 12 years.
Jim was born in Newton, Massachusetts, but moved to the Philadelphia area at a young age. He attended the Armenian Sisters Academy in Radnor, an outstanding Armenian daily school that helps Armenian children to learn their language, culture, and history. Following Armenian School, Jim attended a Philadelphia area public high school, after which he attended the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Jim has been consulting in the field of executive compensation for over 15 years, since graduating and works with many of the world’s largest organizations in setting their executive compensation packages.
Jim is married to his wonderful wife Nora whom he met while working on staff at Camp Haiastan. The two recently had their first baby, Tavit Antranig, who had his first cruise on the AHC 2016. Jim looks forward to many years of involvement to keep the cruise strong and growing with participation and support of the future generations.