By: Laura Dirtadian
Featured Father: Ara Dirtadian || Businessman, Chef, Father to two
Ara was born in Fairfax, Virginia to an Armenian father and American mother. He grew up with strong role models all around him, including his Armenian grandmother and great-grandmother, mother, and his twin sister and older sister, all of whom are strong and grounded. His family moved to Germany and traveled Europe for three years, then moved to San Diego in the 1980s.
Growing up, Ara had a strong passion for computers and music, music being heavily influenced by his talented father who is an environmental engineer by trade and violinist and grandfather, also a musician and influential math teach. Ara graduated with a Bachelor in Economics, Magna Cumlaude from the University of California San Diego and was in a famous local punk band in San Diego for 5 years called Contra Guerra.
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