Some people might see the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day
as so 20th century — early 20th century — but not Dave Weaver.
longtime Glendale city councilman has volunteered for 18 years to work
long hours with hundreds of others to help keep the city’s 98-year Rose
Parade tradition alive.
and finding public contributions to the cost of the float amounting to
less than $600 of the $50,000 needed. Then, an email popped up in
Weaver’s inbox from a guy he didn’t know named Sam Solakyan offering to
cover the full amount.
“I nearly fell out of my chair,” Weaver recalled. “It was unreal.”
later, Caruso Affiliated executive and past president of the Glendale
Chamber of Commerce Rick Lemmo told the City Council that billionaire
developer Rick Caruso was putting up a $25,000 challenge grant to save
the Rose Parade Float.
Sam Solakyan isn’t in Caruso’s league
financially — yet. But give him time. He’s only 30, an entrepreneurial
wizard who has put together Global Holdings Inc., which owns and
operates 14 companies mainly in the medical technology field, including a
leading edge radiology firm.
Not bad for a guy whose family
emigrated from Armenia when he was 6, grew up in North Hollywood, went
to L.A. Valley College and got his degree from the University of