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June 2008

“A Man of Vision”:
SCORE honors Nick Katopodis

Nick Katopodis, Principal of North Shore Farm Markets, received this year’s highly distinguished “Lou Campanelli Award” at SCORE’s (Service Corps of Retired Executives) “Evening of Vision” lavish gala event held at the Plandome Country Club, New York. “Lou Campanelli is someone who has been a mentor to me in so many ways, he has provided me with sound personal and business advice and I am truly humbled to be able to accept this award,” declared Mr. Katopodis upon receiving the award. “I praise SCORE for the assistance it has provided me and will continue to provide persons such as me as they too pursue their dreams.”

Achieving the American Dream is exactly what Nick set out to do! He began his quest in the food business over twenty-three years ago in his homeland of Lefkas, Greece, before making his way to America. “In high school I would spend every spare moment I had by my Uncle Menelaos’ side, trying to absorb as much information as I could about the business,” Nick portrayed and went on to dedicate the award to his now late uncle of whom he often reflected upon throughout his acceptance speech.

Upon first arriving to New York, Nick joined his brother-in-law, John Zoitas, in helping to run a super market in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, while still attending college. “I found that it takes a lot work and effort to reach, but that it is there for you,” Nick avowed and thanked his brother in law “for allowing me to use his food market as a training ground to make mistakes, experiment, learn the business.”

SCORE is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to counseling small business owners across the United States. The annual “Lou Campanelli Award” was established to recognize outstanding volunteerism, leadership, vision, philanthropy and entrepreneurship as exemplified by Louis Campanelli. “The purpose of this award is to inspire people in small business as well as new entrepreneurs to work hard, grow and achieve the American Dream,” Lou Campanelli exclaimed. “Nick is someone who represents what this award is all about.”

North Shore Farms stores are located at 770 Port Washington Blvd in Port Washington and 190 Glen Cove Avenue (corner of Sea Cliff Avenue) in Glen Cove. Operating hours are Monday-Sunday 7am-10pm for both stores.

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