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Hot Factor: Vahan Garboushian has turned his solar energy systems company into one of the nation’s fastest-growing in its field.
Vahan Garboushian started his company in 1989 with less than 40 employees. It now has 600 staffers, and he has taken his products across the West and Southwest, and into a dozen foreign markets. Clients include the University of Nevada’s Center for Energy Research and the Arizona Public Service Co. His innovative leadership and the firm’s growth are reasons why this year it was named CleanTech O.C.’s Company of the Year.
The company slogan: “Powering the future now.” Garboushian insists it’s appropriate because his solar-panel devices are ahead of their time.
He formed Power Hybrids, a $20 million supplier of military and commercial semi-conductors, and later formed Amonix. Photovoltaic technology (CPV) is a vital element in solar energy and it’s his chief weapon.
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OC METRO'S HOT 25 HONOREES FOR 2011
Steve McKee | George Kalogridis | J. Chris Walsh | Daisy Tran
Dr. Richard Afable | Oleema & Kalani Miller | John Krafcik
Sandy Segerstrom Daniels | Wayne Irving | Rachelle Cracchiolo
John Wayne Airport | Dr. Robert Bray | Chris Dingman | Ki Nam
Joseph Lewis III | Nancy Salzman | George Adams | Tilden Smith
Marc Masterson | Vahan Garboushian | Tim Vanderhook
Tricia Esser | Phillip Chang | Nancy Wilhelm | Brenda Shott
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