CEO Sleep Out

CEO:s in sleeping bags on the street.Hi readers, Sam Solakyan here! Let me start by saying I hope all of you had a great Thanksgiving. Next, I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that gave so generously to the CEO Sleep Out for Covenant House. In Los Angeles alone, we raised $375,000.00, a huge contribution to the $4,000,000.00 raised nationwide.

For those of you who don’t know, last Thursday (November 21), I spent the night with a sleeping bag and a cardboard box for shelter during the annual Covenant House Sleep Out. It wasn’t an easy night to say the least. After the hard concrete and damp air, I was more than happy to get back to my home and bed the next night, but as I was packing up to return to my family, it really hit home that thousands of kids living on the street do not have that opportunity. That is why I am so happy to be a part of Covenant House. Each year in 21 cities across the country, this incredible organization reaches over 50,000 at-risk and homeless kids. Covenant House provides these youth with a safe place to stay, education and ultimately leads them to independence.

Again, I am so grateful to all of you who have helped me to support this cause. It is your compassion and generosity that is not only saving lives but providing these kids with the hope of a bright future.

If anyone reading this would like to make a contribution to Covenant House you can do so here.

// Sam Solakyan

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Over the years, Sam Solakyan has maintained a fine balance between his professional and philanthropic endeavors, emphasizing a dual commitment to excellence in the field of healthcare and community stewardship. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Phoenix and a student of M.B.A. at The George Washington University, Mr. Solakyan has spent more than a decade in healthcare, with particular accomplishments in business development. Following three years as director of business development for a chain of imaging centers in Los Angeles, Sam Solakyan founded Glendale-based Global Holdings, which he owns and operates to this day. Since the 2003 formation of Global Holdings, Sam Solakyan has diversified the company’s interests with the addition of subsidiaries Global Healthcare Solutions, Paramount Management Services, Global Pharmaceuticals, and Vital Imaging, now the number-one provider of MRI services in California. Together, these ventures comprise a powerful force in medical imaging, pharmaceuticals, billing and collections, and management consulting, with a broad client base of hospitals and private practices statewide. As a philanthropist, Sam Solakyan regularly gives back to the greater Los Angeles community, notably funding Serve the People, the Family Service Agency of Burbank, the Glendale Police Department, and various schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition to these organizations, he sits on the boards of the Drug Enforcement Agency Foundation, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, and Serve The People, which helps homeless families find food and shelter. Mr. Solakyan also gives to the Armenian Relief Society, the Red Cross, and the Filipino Children’s Fund. To view more information on Sam Solakyan and his charity work, please visit www.globalholdings.com.

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