An Interview With East Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Vice President Edgar Makhshikyan

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Edgar Makhshikyan is a composer, real-estate agent and Vice President of East Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; here is a link to the website:

http://www.visiteasthollywood.net/

A; During my college years I was a Program outreach coordinator.. Under the direction of Executive Directors and Board of Directors I worked with youth from Los Angeles community colleges, universities, and high schools. Encouraging students to participate in community service projects. In 2007, I was hired as the secretary of the Little Armenia Chamber of Commerce. I worked closely with the businesses and community members to strengthen the economic and cultural integration. Directly report to the Executive Board Directors and Board of Directors to undertake different objectives that impact the welfare of the community in East Hollywood.

During the same time, I was hired by the Hollywood Neighborhood Council as an Outreach Committee Board Member. I organized and worked with a multitude of community stake holders in Hollywood. I hosted monthly meetings to voice local concerns. In 2011, Little Armenia Chamber of Commerce changed to East Hollywood Chamber of Commerce where I was elected the Vice President of the EHCC..

Q: What inspired you to start East Hollywood Chamber of Commerce?

 

A: During my college years I was a Program outreach coordinator.. Under the direction of Executive Directors and Board of Directors I worked with youth from Los Angeles community colleges, universities, and high schools. Encouraging students to participate in community service projects. In 2007, I was hired as the secretary of the Little Armenia Chamber of Commerce. I worked closely with the businesses and community members to strengthen the economic and cultural integration. Directly report to the Executive Board Directors and Board of Directors to undertake different objectives that impact the welfare of the community in East Hollywood.

During the same time, I was hired by the Hollywood Neighborhood Council as an Outreach Committee Board Member. I organized and worked with a multitude of community stake holders in Hollywood. I hosted monthly meetings to voice local concerns. In 2011, Little Armenia Chamber of Commerce changed to East Hollywood Chamber of Commerce where I was elected the Vice President of the EHCC.

Q: What was the most challenging thing about stating it?

 

 

 

A:  One of the most challenging things about starting the Chamber was focusing on the small businesses in the neighborhood, recruiting new members, appointing  new  board members and spreading the word about the Chamber. The challenges we confronted gave us the strength to try harder and expand what we had already created- and this in turn will bring joy and success to our community. Our mission includes representing “the strongest brand in the world- HOLLYWOOD”, “Our goal is to promote the individuals as well as enterprise.

 

Q: What sort of day job do you have and how does it help you in running the Chamber of Commerce?

A: I have been working as a part- time Realtor for over 10 years. This ambition started as a hobby and turned into a part-time commitment to help new home buyers and sellers invest in real estate in the community…As a part- time Realtor, I am able to manage my own time, coordinate business events and host local meetings in the neighborhood

 

Q: There has been some controversy in East LA about converting public housing in to private housing. Do you think less public housing will ultimately help or hurt East LA?

 

A:  .A rental assistance demonstration program., Known as RAD, is a mechanism to convert public housing units into public/private developments that in turn provide rental assistance through-term Section 8 subsidy vouchers that are tied o those developments. It would also mean that ownership of some Ann Arbor public housing properties would be transferred to a new entity, in which the AAHC would have only a small ownership stake- likely 1% or less. The arrangement would give AAHC access to private financing to renovate the current public housing properties, using tax credit financing, loans, equity or grants that are not otherwise available to the housing commission. Older run down housing projects have been rehabbed and are a good model for turning around a blighted are by making the homes nicer but still accepting Section 8 and housing assistance. East LA would benefit from affordable housing being stabilized or increased and any good method to arrive at this outcome with improved quality of the units would appropriate. Increasing access to private financing to renovate the current public housing properties, using tax credit financing, loans, equity grants that are not otherwise available to the housing commission is a proven method:  Unfortunately, when the real estate bubble burst and the Real estate market crashed, things have become extremely challenging due to credit crunch. my clientele have decreased due to the decline in market activity.

Q: What are some of the biggest challenges of selling real estate in East LA?

A:  Unfortunately, when the real estate bubble burst and the Real estate market crashed, things have become extremely challenging due to credit crunch. my clientele have decreased due to the decline in market activity.

Q:  What are some of the benefits?

A:   .As a professional Realtor, I extend my participation in working with different ethnicity’s to present real estate opportunities in Los Angeles. and of course by bringing new home owners and business owners in our Community.

Q: What kind of music do you compose?

A:  Most of my compositions consist of romantic music. My compositions are primarily done by keyboard. You can always find my music on you tube. Dance with Lily by Edgar, romantic piano-Infinite love, modern tango( coming soon) born again ( coming soon).

 

Q: If you got a recording deal would you continue to sell real estate?

A: … selling real estate is something i really enjoy, if I were to get a record deal, I would still continue selling real estate as a hobby, or investing in real estate for myself.

Q: What is your oddest work story?

A: Nothing stands out specifically …..

Q: If you could change one thing about LA what would it be?

A: I will provide the change Los Angeles needs. I will make our local economy stronger again for business and empower all of us-by creating new jobs that are much needed in our community…..

 

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)

 

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