Downtown Washington Inc. has hired a new event coordinator, Alex Hodschayan, who will start Aug. 12.

Hodschayan, a native of St. Louis, and his fiancee have just relocated from Columbia to Washington.

He replaces Aimee Frey, who recently was named director of the Union Chamber of Commerce.

Hodschayan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, with a minor in film/English, in 2008 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

He has been working as a marketing research and database analyst for MBS Textbook Exchange Inc. where he was responsible for creating and analyzing marketing reports for senior executives, collecting analytics for all marketing campaigns and participated in event planning.

He also previously worked as director of marketing and promotions for Emergency Umbrella Records.

Downtown Washington Inc. Executive Director Bridgette Epple said Hodschayan stood out among a large pool of candidates.

“We received a total of 25 resumes and we interviewed seven people,” Epple told The Missourian. “We were really pleased with the response. We had a wonderful pool of applicants to interview.”

Epple said she’s “incredibly excited” about Hodschayan joining the downtown team.

“Alex has such a wide array of skills and a variety of experiences that I think he will be a real asset to our organization,” she said. “He has worked for a radio station and a record label, written a blog and done music reviews, in addition to working on marketing campaigns and planning events.”

Epple noted Hodschayan also is very computer savvy and has experience working with a variety of computer programs, as well as social media management.

“His first order of business as our event coordinator will be to learn about the organization and the four-point Main Street approach,” she said. “Then, he will jump right into learning about our events, especially Sunset on the Riverfront, which is going on now, and the Fall Festival of the Arts, which takes place in September, and then all of the holiday events.”

Hodschayan said he’s “thrilled” about the new opportunity, calling it a dream position.

“I’m really looking forward to getting started and getting involved in helping Washington grow,” he said. “Everyone is so welcoming here and downtown is beautiful.”

Hodschayan said he remembers coming to Washington as a child and after his fiancee was hired as a counselor for Hermann High School they began looking at homes here.

“We went to an open house in Washington and then visited downtown, and we just loved it,” he said.