Mr. Arakelian is a graduate from the New York Institute of Technology. He is a Viet Nam Veteran after serving in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970. In 1971, he entered the travel, airline and tourism industries capitalizing on his experience that spans the world, holding positions in sales and marketing for several major airlines including FINNAIR, LADECO CHILEAN AIRLINE, and British West Indian Airways.

Mr. Arakelian joined the SUNSHINE Awards Organization in 2003 as the Director of Business Development with emphasis on corporate sponsorship. He is passionate about the performing arts and is committed to the preservation of cultural heritage of the various Caribbean countries, South America, Central America and Africa.