The Hellenic American Bankers Association will honor John A. Catsimatidis as its 2012 Executive of the Year on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at the Union League Club of New York City. A cocktail reception from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm will precede the seated dinner at which Mr. Catsimatidis will be honored. Dignitaries will be in attendance as guests of honor. “The Board of H.A.B.A reviewed many candidates for our Executive of the Year Award. One name stood out from all the rest and that was John Catsimatidis. The Board unanimously chose him because of his devotion and ongoing contributions to the Hellenic American community,” said H.A.B.A president, Georgia Mouzakis Tavlarios. “We are deeply honored to add John Catsimatidis to our list of illustrious honorees, in this, our 30th anniversary.”
Mr. Catsimatidis is the Chairman and Chief Executive Office of the Red Apple Group of New York. Red Apple Group has holdings in oil refining, wholesale and retail petroleum distribution, convenience stores, supermarkets, real estate, and aviation.
Red Apple Group owns two major businesses with hundred-year-plus histories: Gristedes Foods, a high quality supermarket chain in Manhattan, and United Refining Company, a 70,000 barrel per day oil refinery which uses “100% North American Crude” to serve the transportation energy needs of Western Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York through its network of 400 gas stations and convenience stores. Red Apple is also a major investor and developer in the New York City real estate market. It recently developed a major commercial and residential project near the downtown Brooklyn Development area and is planning the first new residential development on the Coney Island coastline in recent history. It also operates corporate jets. Red Apple Group posted revenues of over $4 billion in 2010.
Mr. Catsimatidis is a major employer in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio with over 8,000 employees. He is also a global leader in the Greek Orthodox Church, where he chairs the Religious Freedom Committee, bonding together Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholics, and Jews in support of religious freedom around the world. John and his wife Margo are active supporters of Hellenic youth, the Police Athletic League of New York, and the Kidney Foundation. John is active in politics and was named a member to the transition team for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2011.
John and Margo Catsimatidis reside in New York City and have two children. Their daughter Andrea, a recent graduate of the Stern School of Business at NYU, is married to Christopher Nixon Cox, and their son John Jr. is currently a student at NYU.
The Hellenic American Bankers Association (H.A.B.A.) will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. H.A.B.A. was established in 1982 to promote the professional and educational interests of Hellenic-Americans In the banking and financial services industries. Since its inception, H.A.B.A. has had many distinguished speakers such as Peter G. Peterson, Senior Chairman and co-founder of The Blackstone Group, John A. Georges, retired Chairman and C.E.O. of International Paper, John P. Calamos, Sr., founder, Chairman and C.E.O. of Calamos Investors, and Dr. Charles Calomiris, Henry Kaufman Professor of Financial Institutions at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. The association has also honored distinguished individuals in the business community as our Executive of the Year. Some of the individuals honored are William S. Stavropoulos, retired Chairman and C.E.O. of Dow Chemical Company, James Chanos, founder and Managing Partner of Kynikos Associates, and Dean Metropoulos of C. Dean Metropoulos & Company.
For further information H.A.B.A.’s phone number is (212) 421-1057 and the website www.HABA.org where online booking is available.