Armen Nahabedian's family has been exploring oil and natural gas resources in California for four generations. Since September of 2011, Mr. Nahabedian has served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and one of the Directors of Citadel Exploration, Inc., a company dedicated to acquiring, exploring, and developing these vital commodities. The principals of Citadel Exploration bring years of oil and gas experience, as well as financial expertise, to the company, which seeks to leverage local geological knowledge and relationships for maximum profitability.
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and obtaining the rank of Corporal, Armen Nahabedian received an honorable discharge in 2003. He started working right away for his family's company as an Operations Manager. In his nine years with the firm, Mr. Nahabedian acquired the rights for and drilled many exploratory wells throughout California's San Joaquin Valley. In 2007, he became a Partner at the group, and two years later, he extended his work into the areas of business development and finance. Acting as the company's principal fundraiser, Mr. Nahabedian gathered the necessary financial knowledge to launch Citadel Exploration in 2011.
In January of 2011, Armen Nahabedian accepted an additional position as a Member of Black Hawk Oil Co., LLC. Assisting the firm in all its oil and gas development endeavors, Mr. Nahabedian proved instrumental in securing approximately 100,000 gross acres of mineral leases in California.
When he is away from work, Armen Nahabedian takes advantage of the sunny California climate as an avid hiker, golfer, and spear fisherman. He also practices jujitsu, a martial art based on self-defense and close combat without weapons.