Ara Krikorian, MBA
Executive VP Commercial
“Very few companies in the solar-energy industry provide the level of integrity, service, and expertise that Solar Optimum does,” says Ara Krikorian, Solar Optimum’s Executive Vice President of Commercial Development.
“From the top down, the company’s corporate culture is based on client satisfaction and value.”
A 20-year veteran of the renewables/alternative energy industry with experience throughout the entire value-chain, 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 managing the rapid growth of the company’s Commercial Division and 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 50 megawatts of power he has been directly responsible for 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 Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School.
Among his outside interests, Ara enjoys traveling, skiing, and staying current with the latest in science and technology.