Berj Haroutunian, Executive Chairman for the New York Black Car Fund (BCF), received a “50 Over 50” Award from media outlet, City & State. The awards recognize “a group of distinguished New Yorkers whose decades in local and state politics and government are worthy of recognition.”

“We recognize the contributions of this year’s class, ranging from prominent power brokers to pivotal behind-the-scenes players,” noted City & State. “Berj Haroutunian spent more than three decades at Vital Transportation overseeing day-to-day operations at one of New York City’s oldest black car companies. And since the beginning, he has been fighting for the ground transportation industry and its drivers. His experiences behind the wheel inspired him to get involved.

“I feel and understand what drivers go through and that motivates me,” said Mr. Haroutunian, whose career in the black car industry began in 1984. Over the next decade, he worked his way up through the ranks to become President of Vital and organized drivers to purchase Vital and convert it to a cooperative. In the late 90s, Mr. Haroutunian was instrumental in the creation of The Black Car Fund and for over a decade, he served as Chairman of The Fund’s Board. More recently, he took on a larger role at the BCF, helping develop new benefits and safety programs.

Source: City & State

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