ASTANA – Garik Bernetsyan, one of the nation’s 100 New Faces, is the director of a construction company in the North Kazakhstan region. Apart from business projects, he builds kindergartens in Petropavlovsk under private-public partnerships (PPP) and helps the elderly, orphans and people with disabilities.
Born in Armenia, Bernetsyan studied in university in Russia and then moved to Kazakhstan in the 1990s.
“At that time, there was no one around – no relatives and friends. What helped me reach success is discipline and determination,” he noted.
He first ran a furniture assembly business before switching to construction. Currently, his Titan Sever construction company employs more than 300 people.
In his daily business activities, Bernetsyan pays special attention to cooperation among departments and makes efforts to improve management methods. His life attitude helps him perceive all the obstacles as challenges and opportunities.
The businessman also uses his experience and resources to build kindergartens in Petropavlovsk under PPPs. In three years, more than 500 children received a place in pre-school institutions thanks to Bernetsyan’s investments.
“When I learnt that there are not enough places in kindergartens in our city, I decided to contribute to pre-school education development and built kindergartens. We have built three facilities so far, the first launched in Dec. 2015 for 320 children and the next for 90 children during summer 2017. The most recent kindergarten offering 140 places started working on Kazakhstan’s Independence Day, Dec. 16,’’ he said.
Bernetsyan, who is also a father of six children, believes in the value of education.
“Each person has an inner motivation, the most sacred thing that helps him move forward. I always find my inner motivation in children, who are pure and sincere. By constructing kindergartens, we provide support for our country. The earlier a child goes to a kindergarten, the stronger will be the foundation for our children to grow, become active citizens and build a country with a rich culture and vibrant economy,” he noted in an interview with vira.kz.
Bernetsyan also contributes to the development and preservation of Armenian culture being a deputy chair of the regional Armenian cultural centre.