Gene Avakyan has 25 years’ experience in all aspects of technical leadership and innovation, leading teams and projects in Government, Entertainment, Medical, and Cybersecurity industries. Gene has earned his Aerospace Engineering bachelor’s degree from UCLA, as well as an MBA degree from Pepperdine University.
Gene has developed and supported procurement and contract management systems that power the City of Los Angeles and the Federal Aviation Administration’s procurement and invoice management systems, managing over $9 Billion in combined contracts. He has been awarded for his design and development of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office T.O.U.G.H. nuisance property abatement system used to integrate City, State, and Federal law enforcement efforts in fighting local organized crime and for his work on the City of Los Angeles LABAVN contract management system.
In the private sector, Gene served as Chief Technology Officer in financial and real estate companies and is the CEO and co-founder of VUGA Enterprises and Edison Aerospace, and the CTO and co-founder of 24Fashion TV and Gossip Stone TV. Earlier, Gene worked with dot com giants TrueCar and Spark Networks in managing high-availability production systems with more than 25 million users.
Edison Aerospace is an electric aviation and aerospace innovation company that is currently designing the next generation and first of its kind agricultural spraying aircraft to perform aerial application over crops and forests in the US and internationally. The first commercial product from Edison will be a full-size fixed wing electric autonomous UAV that will carry a 150 gallon payload and will provide coverage of 250 acres within its endurance time. With a wingspan of 36 feet and gross weight of 2,700 lbs, this is a first aUAV vehicle on the market that can replace manned GA aircraft currently performing agricultural work. The designs created by Edison Aerospace are patent pending.
24Fashion TV is an American media and entertainment network delivering video content for the International Fashion Industry. The network includes a Television channel, an online social media application, an international registry of fashion industry professionals. 24FASHION TV has been a media sponsor of various shows for Miami Swim Week, New York Fashion Week, Los Angeles Fashion Week, Dubai Fashion Week and many other events. Distribution channels: Amazon Fire TV (Live; 50M viewers total on platform), ROKU TV(51.2M viewers total on platform); and iOS/Android app (coming end of 2021), with additional distribution of content via Instagram, Tik Tok, and other social media platforms. VUGA Enterprises is an entertainment, technology and production company that holds several provisional patents. Gene also co-produced the media campaign around a 2016 US Presidential Candidate during the election campaign and produced the live VR broadcast from the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards.
Gene received an award from MOSAIC federation (international organization of CIA, FBI, and other intelligence and law enforcement agency) for helping in the fight against human slavery and trafficking.