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Boyajian named Business Citizen of the Year
in Santa Fe Springs

By Stacey Wang, Staff Writer
Whittier Daily News
Posted: 01/01/2011 07:10:04 AM PST


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Lisa Boyajian, left, of Fullerton was named Santa Fe Springs 2010 Citizen of the Year by the City and its Chamber of Commerce. Lisa poses with her sister and business partner, Angela Gambino, in their Ansa Insurance Services office in Fullerton, Wednesday, December 22, 2010.

SANTA FE SPRINGS – Lisa Boyajian may not live in the city, but the community can be sure her volunteering heart belongs there.
The Fullerton resident is the 2010 Business Citizen of the Year for her years of service to the Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce.

“She’s an amazing person in all the things that she does. She’s always thinking of other people,” said Angela Gambino, Boyajian’s sister and business partner at Ansa Insurance Services in Fullerton.

In Santa Fe Springs, the 51-year-old Boyajian has been on the chamber board since 2004 in which she has chaired most of the more labor-intensive committees as well as served as executive team vice president for the last four years.

“Right from the very beginning she wasn’t an average member, right away she got involved,” chamber CEO Kathie Fink said. “Her business isn’t actually in Santa Fe Springs physically, but a lot of her clients are and that’s how she got involved in the chamber.”

Boyajian’s current focuses in the chamber include chairing the Destiny Scholarship and Powell Grant Committee for the Youth Enrichment Fund and the legislative committee, which allowed her to go to Sacramento on behalf of her clients to discuss health care reform and insurance legislation.

“She’s one of those that gives of her time, her talents and also financially. She’s been very supportive of most of the chamber programs,” Fink said.

And although the award was given to Boyajian in November, she insists the honor also belongs to her younger sister, 41-year-old Gambino of Fullerton.

“She’s the behind-the-scenes while I’m out there in the community,” Boyajian said. “It kind of became our passion to help people. We were always on the same playing field.”

The pair volunteer within the local communities of Santa Fe Springs, Brea and Fullerton in different capacities – Boyajian closely with the Santa Fe Springs chamber and Gambino more so with her children’s schools and Cub Scouts.

However, both often find themselves helping each other out wherever necessary.

“We each try to help one another with our interests,” Gambino said. “We both cross over and do whatever is needed.”

Boyajian’s latest project will be co-chairing the Santa Fe Springs Relay For Life in 2011-12 with Paul Hesse.

The chairwoman assures her sister, Gambino, will be very involved in helping to make the event a success, Boyajian said.

“Relay For Life is really about survivors and living with their cancer. It’s very exciting to be a part of that,” Boyajian added. “I think it’s really important that we continue funding all the research we can for cancer because it is making a difference.”

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