Nora Lighting Co-Founder Celebrates 104th Birthday
Commerce, Calif.-based Nora Lighting co-founder Haghnazar Farahnik recently celebrated his 104th birthday at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family of six children, 17 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.
Born in Iran, Farahnik emigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s when his native country was in political turmoil. He joined his daughter Executive Vice President Jilla Farzan and her husband, CEO/President Fred Farzan, in founding Nora Lighting in Los Angeles. The company was launched in a small office on Fairfax Avenue in West Los Angeles with three employees. Today, Nora Lighting has grown to become a major manufacturer of lighting products for residential and commercial applications.
Drawing upon his experience as a textile manufacturer and importer in Iran, Farahnik helped set up the company’s sales network and assisted in the daily plant operations. Even into his 90s, he continued to attend Nora sales and planning meetings.
“My father has always lived a very balanced, healthy lifestyle, actively involvement with family, community, and business,” says Jilla Farzan. “He has been a member of many philanthropic organizations in Southern California and gave generously of his time. We can no longer put 100+ candles on his birthday cake, but he still loves a party.” Farzan notes that her father’s secret to a long life lies in his commitment to a healthy diet, outdoor activities, a sense of humor, and good genes.