PASADENA – ColoradoBoulevard.net:
On Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, Alex Aghajanian was installed as President and Chairman of the Board for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.
By News Desk
Throughout his Tournament of Roses career, Alex Aghajanian has served on and chaired various Committees including Budget and Finance, Communications and Credentials, Formation, Music, Parade Policy and Queen and Court. He was appointed a Committee Chair in 2006, a Tournament Board of Directors member in 2009 and elected to the Executive Committee in 2015.
Professionally, Aghajanian is an attorney with the Law Offices of Alex P. Aghajanian in Pasadena. Named by his peers a Top Attorney in Pasadena in 2010 and 2014, he was also recognized as a Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent Lawyer from 2000-2022. Aghajanian has served as a guest lecturer in business law at local universities including the University of Southern California, Azusa Pacific University, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and California State University at Northridge.
In 2010, Aghajanian and his wife, Paula, founded Dream With Me Foundation where he serves as president and a member of the Board of Directors. The nonprofit organization provides students, and non-professional musicians of all ages, accessibility to vocal and instrumental performance, education, and training through scholarships and grants.
A lifelong resident of the Pasadena and Altadena areas, Aghajanian and his wife Paula have been married for 40 years, have three children and a dog, Murphy.
“Celebrating a World of Music: The Universal Language”
On the front steps of Tournament House, Aghajanian announced the 2024 Tournament of Roses theme, “Celebrating a World of Music: The Universal Language.” As the sounds of taiko drums filled the air, the theme poster was revealed and brought to life through animation.
“The 2024 theme brings us together through music. In a world of different cultures, beliefs, hopes, and dreams, one language unites us all — music. The sound, texture, rhythm, form, harmony, and expression meld together to move, soothe, excite and delight the world,” explained Aghajanian. “From bossa nova to blues, classical to country, metal to mariachi and rock to rap, thousands of genres invite us to become one in celebrating a world of music. Whether near or far, young or old, we invite you to year-long festivities that culminate on New Year’s Day at the Rose Parade. Let the music begin!”
2023-2024 Tournament of Roses Leadership Announcements
Ruth Martinez-Baenen has been a volunteer Member since 1997 and will serve as the Association’s President in 2031. She will provide leadership for the 142nd Rose Parade and 117th Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2031.
In addition, the following officers were elected to serve with Martinez-Baenen on the 14-member Executive Committee: Ed Morales, Executive Vice President; Mark Leavens, Treasurer and Terry Madigan, Secretary. Amy Wainscott, President of the 2023 Tournament of Roses, serves as Immediate Past President. Re-elected to the Executive Committee as Vice Presidents are Pam Knapp, Craig Washington and Jason Melillo.
Five At-Large Members are appointed to the Executive Committee and serve for two years. New At-Large Members Alain Camiling, Steve Darden and Eve Santillan will join Steve Arellano and Regina Major. Aghajanian also announced the election of new Members to the Tournament of Roses Board of Directors; Gary Leonard and Shannon McConnell.
The 135th Rose Parade and 110th Rose Bowl Game will take place on Monday, January 1, 2024.
Source: Tournament of Roses
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