At the Alumni Association annual meeting held during Reunion Weekend, Alex Karapetian ’04 was named president-elect, succeeding David Reif ’68, whose term as president of the Alumni Association will begin July 1.
Reif, who has been a trial lawyer for the past 30 years, is partner at the Hartford, Conn., office of McCarter & English, LLP. His focus is on distributorship law and products liability. Karapetian is director of sales and marketing for Acopian Power Supplies, Easton, Pa.
Reif, who just completed two years as president-elect of the Alumni Association, previously served as vice president for outreach on the Alumni Council, with oversight of the undergraduate relations, young alumni, career services, and alumni admissions representatives committees.
“I like where Lafayette has gone and where it is going,” he says. “It’s academically rigorous and has an incredible tradition. When I was at Lafayette, the alumni passed that tradition to us, and I want to do what I can to pass the tradition of service to the school among my generation to the people who come after me.”
For his outstanding work, Reif was selected as one of the Top 50 Connecticut Superlawyers in 2010 and 2011, and was named a James W. Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Association, joining lawyers, academics, and judges selected by their peers based on experience, reputation, and service to the community and the bar. An economics graduate, Reif received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
A government and law major, Karapetian was co-chair of the Young Alumni Committee from 2008-11 and has been chair since 2011. He co-founded the Wine 3/9 Event, which celebrates the founding of Lafayette, and spearheaded the establishment of the 2004 Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity Scholarship in 2012.
A Marquis Society member, he is a third-generation Lafayette legacy. His uncles are the late Sarkis Acopian ’57, Greg Acopian ’70, and Jeff Acopian ’75. His cousin Ezra Acopian ’03 also attended Lafayette.
In his role at Acopian, Karapetian has driven new customer acquisition to a 40 percent increase as well as developing and implementing a web-based marketing strategy. He serves on the board of Acopian Center for the Environment and is a trustee of the Armenian Assembly of America. He holds an MBA and M.S. from the Stern School at New York University.
As a student, Karapetian was involved in many activities including secretary of Student Government and member of the men’s varsity tennis team. He also was president of the Senior Class Council and chair of the senior class fund drive.