Letter to the Editor: Supporting Armen Zildjian for Planning Board

February 18, 2021

Submitted by Lisa and Damon Harrell

We are pleased to write to you today in support of Armen Zildjian for Planning Board member.

We moved to Bedford in the fall of 2013 and a few months later, we excitedly watched our first Pole Capping Ceremony at Wilson Park. Standing along Concord Road, Armen and his family struck up a conversation with our family, and we quickly bonded over our ex-pat experiences in England.

Early on in our friendship, our family discovered Armen’s ability to connect and interact with all kinds of people. When he and his family learned we were alone for Thanksgiving, they invited us to their home, where we were introduced to college friends, extended family members, parishioners from St. Paul’s, and a young family from Hanscom AFB. Despite preparing the meal and managing the kitchen, Armen made it a point to introduce us to the other guests, making us feel right at home. Over the years, we’ve spent many holidays with Armen and his family. Always eager to see familiar faces, we’ve also become accustomed to meeting new Bedford residents each year.

Armen is deeply dedicated to serving the needs of his community. This is evident by his deep commitment to St. Paul’s, his involvement as a Mason, and his humble charity work within our local and broader communities.

Lisa has also partnered with Armen professionally, where she has witnessed first-hand how he interacts with his colleagues. As the VP of Sales at Boston-based Drift, his open-minded, yet methodical, approach to problem-solving is truly an asset to motivating his international team and supporting the long-term goals of the successful start-up.

We believe Armen’s ability to attain solutions by digging deep and seeking feedback from an all-encompassing group will prove to be a great asset to the Planning Board. He will also bring a broader community voice and perspective to the table as issues come before it.

We humbly ask you to join us in voting for Armen Zildjian for Planning Board on March 13th.

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