- George Melikokis, A Reigning Patriarch and Advocate for Greek Education
- Archbishop Elpidophoros of America Enthroned
- The Hellenic Initiative’s 5th Annual Venture Fair
- Annual PSEKA Conference Results in Increasing Support in the US Congress for The Eastern Mediterranean Partnership Act
- Celebrations and Thoughts About Our Future
L100 Presents Awards for Excellence at 24th Annual Concerence
The 24th Annual Leadership 100 Conference, which took place earlier this year, at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida, featured the presentation of the Archbishop lakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to the renowned Greek academician, artist and designer, Ilias I. Lalaounis, who passed away in December of 2013, accepted by his wife, Lila, at the Grand Banquet finale on Saturday evening, February 14, 2015.
Other recipients included program speakers and performers Dr. Eleni Andreopoulou, of the faculty at the Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City; Dr. Panagiota Andreopoulou, an Attending Endocrinologist in the Department of Medicine at Hospital for Special Surgery and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology at the Weill Cornell Medical College; Michael Psaros, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner of KPS Capital Partners, LP; Peter Tiboris, the renowned conductor, and Eilana Lappalainen, the celebrated dramatic soprano; as well as to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), accepted by Constantine M. Triantafilou, Executive Director and CEO.
According to George S. Tsandikos, Chairman, more than 350 members and guests, together with their families, attended the Conference. “We chose Orlando to encourage family friendly activities and we were pleased to see so many children participate.”
In addition to the traditional Bible Study and Lecture by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the program included a special presentation by Jerry Dimitriou, Executive Director of Administration of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, which addressed plans for the building of the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center. A highlight of the Conference was the concert “Symphony at Sunset” with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Peter Tiboris and featuring Eilana Lappalainen.
Helping Through Golf
The Annual Leadership 100 Conferences are not only an occasion for inspirational programs and fellowship, but for recreation, with the highlight being a Golf Tournament that draws many members. There is also a Tennis Tournament and a new activity called Walk-Run, but Golf is the most popular.
First Place winners of the Golf Tournament at the 24th Annual Leadership 100 Conference were George Behrakis, Dr. James Gardner and Arthur Katsaros. Second Place were John Calamos, C. Dean Metropoulos, Christopher Pappas, and Peter Pappas. Nancy Papaioannou took First Place in the Tennis Tournament, with Second Place going to William Maguire and Dr. Nicholas Romas.
In years past, winners of the Tournaments were given gift certificates, but in the past two years all that changed when Peter J. Pappas, a member of the Executive Committee and the Chairman of the Board of P.J.M. Holding Group, the company he founded, took charge.
Pappas, who is also a real estate developer and noted philanthropist, has devoted his energies in recent years to expanding venues for golfing in Greece. An avid golfer for decades, he has played with the legendary actor Telly Savalas, a friend, as well as with other Hollywood stars, U.S. Presidents and other leaders from around the world.
As a supporter of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, as well as the Greek and Cypriot American communities, he believed that golf bears many of the characteristics of philanthropy and should serve its purpose. With conviction, he convinced his fellow golfers, as well as tennis players, that the winners of the tournaments should contribute their winnings to the Greek Orthodox Church closest to the venue of each Leadership 100 Annual Conference.
Pappas is a recipient of The Honorary Medal of St. Paul and is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Order of St. Andrew. He has served as a member of the Archdiocesan National Council and on the Board of Trustees of Leadership 100 for many years. He was awarded the Honorary Gold Medal of the Republic of Cyprus.
The Executive Committee welcomed Theodore K. Zampetis of the Metropolis of Detroit as a newly elected member at its meeting during the 24th Annual Leadership 100 Conference. Zampetis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Shiloh Industries, Inc. a leading full service automotive supplier to the U.S., European and Asian automakers in North America.
Born in Samos, Greece, he is a graduate of the Greek Merchant Marine Academy in Electro-Mechanical Engineering. He received a Bachelor Degree and Master’s Degree in Business Administration, both from the University of Toledo, Ohio. He is married to Ann Saviolis and they have two children, Constantine and Callie, and four grandchildren. All four adult members of the Zampetis family are individually members of Leadership 100.
The Board of Trustees welcomed its new members: Vasilios C. Priskos, Metropolis of Denver; George T. Soterakis, Direct Archdiocesan District; Christopher A. Tjotjos, Metropolis of Pittsburgh; and Peter A. Vlachos, Direct Archdiocesan District.