By Alin K. Gregorian
BELMONT, Mass. — Nancy Kolligian accomplishes what most cannot: she is a strong, yet gentle executive with a proven track record. Kolligian’s soft-spoken manner, however, should not be confused with any lack of leadership. Kolligian is a first-rate professional who executes her vision, albeit with kindness, tact and charm.
“This is how I am. I always try to be respectful of people and their opinions to get the same in return. I am always open to ideas and sharing them. That is how you create the things that make an organization better,” Kolligian said.
The results are obvious: she is chairman and CEO of the family business, which is thriving, as is the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), whose board she chaired for nine years until this past June.
While she chose not to run for chairman at the June elections, she still serves on the board and Executive Committee as Advisor.
Kolligian’s background, improbably, is in Spanish, which she studied at Middlebury College in Vermont, later earning a master’s degree from their graduate school in Madrid. She taught the language for nine years at the secondary level in Melrose, her hometown.