Andrew Barmakian

Andrew Barmakian is an engineer and business executive who has spent most of his life in Southern California. A 1956 graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles, he held various engineering and building superintendent positions for the Cities of West Covina and Alhambra between 1957 and 1965. Andrew Barmakian then accepted a Vice President position at Griffin and Reeves Engineering Co. of Pomona where he stayed for two years. Dedicated to his local community, Andrew Barmakian designed sidewalks that offered enhanced resident access. The Upland City Council endorsed the plans in 1965. The Council also took into account Mr. Barmakian's suggestions regarding zoning issues and his plans to attract more companies to the area. His successful work within the community led him to open his own engineering and architectural office. Between 1968 and 1972, Andrew Barmakian played an instrumental role in structuring an opera group and designing stage settings for various operas performed at the Chaffey High School auditorium in Ontario. In addition, the West End Orchestra Association appointed him to the role of Committee Chair. Mindful of the needs of the underprivileged, Andrew Barmakian has strived to contribute resources to various deserving causes. For example, he participated in a number of fundraiser events for the Kiwanis Club of Upland in 1969 and donated land to the American Armenian International College in 1982. Moreover, he remained politically active and supported the campaign for George Deukmejian, who eventually became the Governor of California in 1983. It was then that Mr. Barmakian met President Ronald Reagan during a fundraiser. From 1986 to 2000, Andrew Barmakian volunteered his services to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department by providing air transport to police crews during search and rescue missions throughout the county. In addition, he traveled with Dr. George Fischbeck to numerous fire districts in California in order to collect donations for burn victims from local citizens.