Ara Chackerian is a multifaceted individual that juggles many things on his plate successfully. He is a businessman running his own ventures, an angel investor in many startup businesses, and a philanthropist for many advocacies. A graduate of Florida State with a BS in Marketing, he has since gone on to provide employment for people, influence many lives, and help struggling communities.
Much of Ara Chackerian’s work is related to general business and heathcare, which is not surprising at all based on his education. As for healthcare, he has two decades worth of work-related experience in the industry. Aside from all of these, Chackerian is a staunch supporter of the environment, spearheading many sustainable ventures. He also loves working on projects that provide the youth with stronger educational opportunities.
His strong ties to healthcare has pushed him to co-found several healthcare startups like PipelineRx, which is a telephone based pharmaceutical service that handles the national domestic market. He also founded TMS Health Solutions, an integrated healthcare provider, BMC Diagnostics, a leader in imaging and related services, and PSS World Medical, a supplier of medical products around the globe.
Now currently the Managing Director of ASC Capital Holdings, known for investing in healthcare startups, Ara Chackerian still continues his philanthropic efforts centering on education and healthcare in the US, Armenia, and Nicaragua. Because of his deep concern for human well being, Mr. Chackerian has written extensively about suicide in his blog because he is worried that its rising rate in the country is alarming.
Ara Chackerian wrote that more Americans should learn about mental health and speak out about it to take away the stigma. Nowadays, a staggering 123 people die every day due to suicide attempts. If they fail in their attempts, they continue to live miserable lives. Ara would like to remind everyone that depression, anxiety, and mental health disorders are not something to be ashamed about.
He pointed out that it is ironic that people often gather together for causes like cancer and heart disease awareness, but no one does it for suicide. Everything is swept under a rug due to shame. That’s why when noted personalities like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain are noted to have killed themselves, the world is shocked to its very core. But why wait before it is too late? Ara Chakerian believes that the time to address those issues is now.