SOAR - Las Vegas Chapter

SOAR-Las Vegas became part of the SOAR family in April 2013. In 1994, a group of Armenian Orthodox Christians – some of whom had moved to the Las Vegas Valley from Southern California after the Northridge earthquake – began meeting in one of the congregant’s homes for services. In 1998, when the Orthodox Armenian community in Las Vegas consisted of only 30 to 40 families, the congregants officially established a parish. As their ranks grew and years passed, they were a nomadic congregation, renting different churches in which to conduct their services through the years. In April 2013, the congregation, which now counts more than 100 families, celebrated the consecration of its own church, St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church. The Las Vegas Board of Directors epitomizes their geographic region: young, enthusiastic, talented, and determined.


Inessa Shahinyan

Ms. Inessa Shahinyan is a native of beautiful Armenia. She has been living in the United States for 16 years, 14 of which were spent here in Las Vegas. During these years Ms. Shahinyan has gained a great deal of knowledge about Las Vegas real estate market, which allows her to provide reliable and detailed advice to her clients.

Ms. Shahinyan has been a full-time real estate Broker for over 12 years. Prior to that she excelled at several things. Her incredible creativity allowed her to rise to the position of a head designer for the MGM Corporation. She has served as a Vice President for local design house Lana Fuchs Couture. She has also operated a successful small business. Her career in real estate began in financing; she worked as a loan officer for Countrywide Home Loans. However, only when Ms. Shahinyan became an agent has she discovered her true passion. Her multifaceted background allows her to bring personal touches to every transaction she handles. Her finance experience helps her come up with creative financing options for her clients. Her business experience and customer-oriented approach make her go far beyond what is normally expected of a real estate agent. This can be attested by many of her clients, who became long-time friends.

During her career Ms. Shahinyan has closed hundreds of transactions, everything from first time purchases to multi-unit investment properties. No matter what the individual client’s situation may be, she always gives her best effort to overcome challenges and leave her clients 100% satisfied with the outcome.

Ms. Shahinyan is fluent in English, Armenian and Russian. She is well known and is deeply involved in Armenian and Russian communities in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Through her many members of these communities have been able to fulfill their dreams of home ownership. Her reward is numerous repeat customers and countless referrals.

Although her free time is always at a premium, Ms. Shahinyan looks for opportunities to be involved in local charities and volunteers at local hospitals. Her ultimate dream is to open or support an orphanage in her native Armenia.

Albert Baghdasaryan

Albert Baghdasaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1991, where he attended elementary school No.77. His family moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1999 and then relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2002.

Albert graduated from Las Vegas’ Spring Valley High School in 2010, University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration concentrating in accounting and in 2015 with a Master of Science concentrating in accounting.

During his college career Albert had interned at CG Technologies. After graduating with his masters, he landed a position at Deloitte as an auditor for two years with a heavy focus on casino and utility industries. He then transitioned to a local company, Scientific Games Corporation as senior accountant in the financial reporting and technical accounting department and is currently pursuing his CPA license.

In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, playing recreational basketball, golf and video games along with travelling as much as possible. Albert visits Yerevan annually to visit family, relax, and enjoy a copious amount of food, with the exception of 2020 due to COVID-19.

Angela Barbaryan

Angela Barbaryan was born in North Hollywood, California in 1992 and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada since she was 3 years old.

Angela graduated from Las Vegas’ Coronado High School in 2010, University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration, and is currently attending University of Nevada, Las Vegas for her Master of Business Administration degree expecting to graduate in May 2021.

During her college career Angela held Hotel Management positions with Diamond Resorts International and an internship with MGM Resorts International. After graduating in 2015 she was offered a position with White Lodging and moved to Austin, Texas as a Front Desk Manager, promoted to Housekeeping Manager and later moved to Richmond, Virginia as a Dual Operations Manager until returning to Las Vegas, Nevada in April 2018. After moving back to Las Vegas, Angela became an Assistant General Manager with Aimbridge Hospitality while beginning her Master of Business Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in August 2019. She is currently the Office Manager for StripViewSuites, a full-service property management company specializing in short term/vacation rentals.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, playing pool, and spending time with family and friends. Angela visited Armenia once in 2007 for 2 months and she was overwhelmed with the beauty and history of her cultural homeland. She hopes to return more often after the COVID-19 epidemic passes.

Bianca Barbaryan

Bianca Barbaryan was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bianca graduated from Las Vegas’ Coronado High School in 2014 and University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration with a focus on meetings and events.

During her college career Bianca held multiple positions with the Rebel Events Board Planning and executing events on campus for 4 years. Bianca also worked for MGM Resorts as a Special Events coordinator for the Park Theater and a Front Desk Agent at New York New York. Bianca Still holds her Front Desk Position and plans to go back to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for her MBA in the future.

In her free time, she enjoys Dancing, singing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends. Bianca visited Armenia once in 2007 for 2 months and she was overwhelmed with the beauty and history of her cultural homeland. She hopes to return more often after the COVID-19 epidemic passes.

Hasmik Mkrtchyan

Born and raised in Burbank, California, Hasmik Mkrtchyan graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. In 2018, she earned her Master’s in Engineering Management from George Washington University.

In that same year, Hasmik accepted an offer to join Catalent Pharma Solutions, a global leader in providing integrated services, superior drug delivery technologies and manufacturing solutions to help life science innovators develop and launch successful pharmaceuticals, biologics and consumer health products. A year later in 2019, she was promoted and assumed the position of Global Lab Informatics Group Leader for Quality Enterprise Systems.

She is very passionate about supporting non-profit organizations and volunteering her time to positive initiatives. She has formerly served on the Steering Committee of Women in BioHealth – Madison, Wisconsin, and is a current member of: PMI, BioForward Wisconsin, and now SOAR. In 2019, she was a Speaker at PechaKucha Madison and at LabVantage CTEC.

Ani Nazaryan

Ani is a native of Yerevan, Armenia, however has lived in Las Vegas for the last 13 years. She graduated college in 2008 and has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English from the Yerevan State Linguistic University. Currently, she’s pursuing her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University and plans on getting her PHD from Stanford University in the near future. Ani is a lifelong learner and believes that in today’s fast-pace global economy, academic knowledge supplemented with a real world experience is a key to success for any hotelier. She is also passionate about giving back despite her busy schedule and is always looking for opportunities to volunteer and mentor the youth and veterans within the community.

Ani has spent the last 10 years of her career in hospitality. Currently she is the Director of Learning and Development at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, a multibillion-dollar hotel, resort and casino. In her current role, she oversees the service strategy, compliance efforts, new hires onboarding and leadership development programs for the resort for all departments, at all levels. She is also in charge of various employee engagement and learning programs that support and develop the company’s talent. Ani started her journey with The Cosmopolitan in 2010 as a Front Desk Agent. Before her promotion to an executive position with The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, she has been a Housekeeping Manager, Guest Services Manager and Manager & Sr. Manager of Learning & Development.

Lastly, Ani is a lucky mom of two wonderful boys who inspire her to do more and make a difference. In her spare time she travels and looks for new and unique experiences. She feels very fortunate to have been part of the growth of the hospitality industry and Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world.