Gerard Kiladjian, Portland, 2009

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In the Damascus of Gerard Kiladjian’s youth, non-Muslims like his Armenian Christian family lived well. People of both faiths mingled easily. He could have remained in Damascus forever, enjoying the best of both worlds. But he couldn’t have enjoyed the wide-ranging career he has had in hotel management.

For years, under Kiladjian's management, the Portland Harbor Hotel thrived. And he breathed new life into Maine’s Armenian community. “My identity is Armenian—that’s the language and culture,” he said, adding that he was Syrian, too, when he was living there. “And now the U.S. is my home.”

Gerard Kiladjian immigrated from Syria to Maine, and as of 2017 is a hotel general manager and Armenian community leader in Portland.

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