Vasken Aivazian has been associated with the Armenian Cultural Association of America and its affiliated organizations for most of his life. Vasken graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL in 1964. In 1966 he graduated from the Cambridge University Law school in London, England. His father, Aram Aivazian, was the former President of Shell Oil Corporation in the Middle East and is author of many books on Armenian history. Vasken married his wife Berjouhi (A Dentist) in 1969. They have two sons, Aram and Chris. Aram is also a dentist in Chicago and manages their second dental office in Mt. Prospect, Illinois.
After law school at Cambridge University in England, he joined the Federal Reserve of Chicago where he worked in management until his early retirement in 1996. Vasken Aivazian was the Chairman of the ACAA and Board Member of the ANC and ARF for many years. While Chairman of the Armenian Cultural Association, the Armenian Heritage Cruise concept was developed. Working with the original organizers, Angele Manoogian & Azad Merian, as Chairman of the ACAA, he promoted the cruise idea and initial events. With his guidance and encouragement, the Armenian Heritage Cruise continued and has now been a distinct event in the Armenian social scene.