Ara Chackerian has an incredible work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit and concern for his fellow man, particularly those who struggle with mental health issues. When asked to describe his idea of an entrepreneur he says, “Ideas come from life experiences. If you make a conscious effort to engage life then ideas will come.”
Chackerian received his B.S. in Marketing from Florida State University and has co-founded several healthcare-related companies, such as PipelineRX, Embion/Provider Links, and BMC Diagnostics. He has also served on the board of Mint Medical Education and is involved with several youth development organizations in the United States and Nicaragua. Drawing on his twenty years of experience in the healthcare field, he is also serving as Manager of ASC Capital Holdings, investing in and assisting health care companies to streamline their technology and overall quality of care for their patients.
As a supporter of the mental health community, Ara Chackerian has also recently co-founded TMS Health Solutions, an organization dedication to providing evidence-based, treatments to patients suffering from depression. Employing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a non-invasive, FDA-cleared therapy, patients whose depression was not able to be successfully treated with a drug plan before are finding that their treatment is now highly effective. Current locations are Sacramento, San Francisco, and Oakland, CA, but there are plans to open approximately 25 locations in Northern California alone.
In addition to founding a number of highly successful companies that specialize in various types of diagnostic imaging services, he has also established a teak farm, Limonapa Teak, in Nicaragua that provides hundreds of jobs to people in need there, operating with an emphasis on responsible environmental stewardship.
As an ongoing supporter of the mental health community, Ara blogs regularly on topics specific to sufferers.
Ara Chackerian is recognized for his incredible business savvy, but will most certainly be remembered more for the impact his philanthropic efforts have made.