Vice President Commercial Development, Solar Optimum
“Very few companies in the solar-energy industry provide the level of integrity, service and products as does Solar Optimum,” says Ara Krikorian, Solar Optimum’s Vice President of Commercial Development. “From the top down, the company’s corporate culture is based on client satisfaction and value.”
A 15-year veteran of the renewables/alternative energy industry – who includes three years of quality-systems management on his resume – Ara has an intimate, first-hand understanding and appreciation for the way Solar Optimum conducts its business.
In his role at Solar Optimum, Ara is responsible for expediting the rapid growth of the company’s commercial division and managing its corporate strategy; overseeing strategic partnerships and accounts; as well as handling quality control, business development, sales, marketing, personnel, estimating and technologies.
Ara brings leadership and an extensive range of executive experience to Solar Optimum, the breadth of which has spanned an array of industries, corporations and causes. While he has a deep background in the hard-sciences – and an already successful career in business development and marketing – Ara possesses the uniquely holistic business acumen necessary to deliver successful results. This is evident in the 30 megawatts of power he has been directly responsible for selling over the course of his career — not to mention, the impressive scope of solar commercial projects that include San Francisco International Airport, Intuit, Westfield, various CA Central Valley farms/growers, and Pitzer College.
Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Ara earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Loyola Marymount University, and his Master of Business Administration from The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.
Among his outside interests, Ara enjoys travelling, skiing, and staying current with the latest in science and technology.