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MESSAGE
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His All-Holiness
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
 
On the Occasion of the 30th Anniversary of “Leadership 100”
 
Your Eminence and beloved brother in Christ Archbishop Demetrios of America,
Esteemed members of the Executive Committee,
Distinguished members of Leadership 100,
 
It is a sincere pleasure to greet all of you as you gather in Naples, Florida, in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Leadership 100,” the eminent endowment fund of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which was recently renamed in honor of Archbishop Iakovos, of blessed memory. read more
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Discovering Orthodox Christianity, a 26-part series of talk shows and Bible Studies produced by Greek Orthodox Telecommunications, (GOTelecom) and designed to educate viewers about the basic teachings of Orthodox Christianity, was made possible with a $270,000 grant from Leadership 100 Endowment Fund.
Five of the programs are presented by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and were videotaped at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese headquarters in Manhattan while the remaining twenty-one were videotaped with a variety of presenters at Holy Cross Chapel on the grounds of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
The  series debuted on http://www.goarch.org/ourfaith/discovering and on www.YouTube.com/greekorthodoxchurch November 4, 2013 with "What is Orthodox Christianity?" featuring Rev. Dr. Thomas Fitzgerald and Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis. read more
 
 

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The fifth commemoration of National Leadership 100 Sunday was observed on October 27, 2013 in parishes across the nation, the Sunday following the Feast of Saint Iakovos as a tribute to Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory, according to Charles H. Cotros, Leadership 100 Chairman. Parish priests read an Encyclical issued by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Church of America on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod. read more
 
Leadership 100 awarded the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries Camping Ministry program $270,000, for the third successive year, distributed at $30,000 for the Direct Archdiocesan District and each Metropolis. The primary purpose of the grant is to enable Greek Orthodox youth who do not have the financial means to participate in a summer camp program, in addition to programming, supplies, transportation, and youth protection training and background checks for staff members. The program was in full swing around the nation in the summer of 2013, making it possible for more than numerous young people to attend camp programs. read more

Hellenic-College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology celebrated its 75th Anniversary Name Day Feast, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, with a four-day Jubilee September 12–15, 2013. The event focused on celebrating the history of the community while continuing to highlight the School's significance as, in the words of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, “the heart and the mind of our Church in America." Helen A. Carlos, a member of Leadership 100, served as Chair of the 75th Anniversary observance and Christine Karavites served as Jubilee Chair.  read more
 
 
Michael and Mary Jaharis and George A. David were honored at the Cyprus Federation of America 2013 Testimonial Dinner at Terrace On the Park in Flushing Meadow Park, New York, on September 25, 2013, for their philanthropic support of Cyprus. The purpose of the Dinner was to benefit the needy children of Cyprus. Michael Jaharis is a Founder of Leadership 100. He and Mary Jaharis are long-time members, as are George A. David and his wife, Kaity. The President of the Republic Cyprus, Nico Anastsasiades, presented the honorees with a silver model of the Kyrenia Ship. The new President of the Cyprus Federation, Costas Tsentas, presided while the former President, Peter Papanicolaou, was event Chairman. read more
 
 
John D. Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and the Georges Media Group and a member of Leadership 100 along with his wife, Dathel, recently purchased The Advocate, one of the nation’s oldest and largest local daily newspapers and digital media outlets. The Advocate, first published as a weekly in 1842, serves the Louisiana communities of Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette and surrounding parishes. read more 
 
 
Charles H. Cotros, Chairman of Leadership 100, has announced the fifth commemoration of National Leadership 100 Sunday, on October 27th. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Church of America will issue an Encyclical on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod designating the date, which is the Sunday following the Feast of Saint Iakovos, chosen as a tribute to Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory, the visionary Founder and namesake of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund. read more
 
 
Arthur C. Anton Sr., a Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Leadership 100, was honored at the Hearts Warmed Gala at UMASS Lowell Inn and Conference Center on June 10, 2013, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Anton’s Cleaners and its charitable work through Caring Partners, Inc. read more
 
 
Constantine G. Caras, the past Chairman of Leadership 100, became Chairman Emeritus, joining the Life-Time Founding Members and Chairmen Emeriti upon the passing of  the beloved Andrew A. Athens on March 14, 2013. Athens, a revered Founder of Leadership 100, was Co-Chairman from the inception of the organization in 1984 to 1996. read more
 
 
Michael N. Bapis, Chairman of Leadership 100 Partners and a member of the Leadership 100 Board of Directors, was cited in the New York Times column “Wealth Matters” by Paul Sullivan on May 3, 2013 for his views on how taxes influence investment strategy. Bapis, who is Managing Director and Partner with the Bapis Group at HighTower Advisors was queried on the development that with higher taxes some investors are choosing investments as much for their tax rates as for their risks and returns. read more
 
 
George S. Tsandikos, Vice Chairman of Leadership 100, and Argyris “RJ” Vassiliou, Treasurer, along with Leadership 100 members William C. Anton and John Psaras, were awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor at ceremonies conducted at Ellis Island on May 11, 2013. They join other outstanding members of Leadership 100 and of the Greek American Community who have been awarded the medal along with distinguished Americans from numerous ethnic backgrounds. read more
 
Paulette Poulos, Executive Director of Leadership 100, addressed the Alpha Omega Council Lifetime Achievement Award Banquet on Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Boston, honoring both the National and Metropolis of Boston Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Societies. The program, at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, also acknowledged six recipients of the 2013 Peter Agris Memorial Journalism Scholarships. The Alpha Omega Council, which was founded in 1976 by the late Peter Agris, publisher of The Hellenic Chronicle, along with Hellenic American business, professional and academic leaders in Boston, promotes loyalty and patriotism to the United States while cultivating the ideals of Hellenism, along with support of philanthropic causes. read more
 
Elena Arida, granddaughter of long-time Leadership 100 members Louis and Helen Nicozisis, was awarded a Bronze Medal by the United States Congressional Award Board of Directors for her service to the community and her personal development. A Westfield, New Jersey High School junior, Arida is the daughter of Jeannie and Kenneth Arida. In addition to the Bronze Medal, Arida also earned the Congressional Award Bronze and Silver certificates. read more
 
Grants Hit Record of $36 Million/Membership Reaches Historic 907
 
Chairman Charles H. Cotros reported to the General Assembly at the 22nd Annual Leadership 100 Conference that with the unanimous approval of new grants by the Executive Committee the total of grants allocated by Leadership 100 since its founding in 1984 reached a record of $35.6 million, while membership increased to 907, toward the ultimate goal of 1,000 members by the 30th Anniversary of Leadership 100 in 2014. Included in the new membership total are fulfilled memberships, now 502 and Leadership 100 Partners and Junior Partners now 118. read more
 

20th Century Fox Film Head Links Hollywood To Hellenism
 
Jim Gianopulos, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Twentieth Century Fox Film, spoke to a rapt audience on February 7, 2013 on the rich and deep historical link of “Hollywood and Hellenism”. He was introduced by his pastor, the renowned Fr. John Bakas, Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, who spoke of the leadership and generosity of Gianopulos and his wife, Ann, to the Cathedral.  The son of Greek immigrants and a native New Yorker, Gianopulos attended the Master’s program at the New York University School of Law, the Fordham School of Law, earning a Juris Doctor in 1976 and Boston University, earning a BA in 1973. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and their three daughters. read more
 
Alexander Payne, the award-winning screenwriter, film director and producer, known for films like The Descendants (2011), Sideways (2004), About Schmidt (2002), and Election (1999), spoke on February 8, 2013 on his life’s journey into filmmaking. He was introduced by his former pastor in Omaha, Nebraska, Very Rev. Fr. Eugene N. Pappas, now of Three Hierarchs Church in Brooklyn, New York.
Payne began his talk with that memorable moment when he received his second Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay when he uttered “s’agapo” to his mother in his acceptance speech. He was thanking her, he explained, for indulging his obsession with movies from an early age in the words of their shared heritage “during this extremely difficult era in Greece’s history, a crisis that has made our mother country the source of resentment and the butt of jokes.” read more
  
Sam Galanis Joins WIth Gift In Full
  
Sam J. Galanis of Southgate, Michigan, a Senior Director-Investments at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.’s Wyandotte, Michigan office, has joined Leadership 100 with a paid in full gift of $100,000. He was sponsored by Tom Jordan, a member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Audit Committee. A Past President of Southgate’s St. George Greek Orthodox Church Parish Council and Past President of the Hellenic Bar Association of Michigan, Galanis is Trustee of the City of Southgate (MI) Pension Board. read more

George Sakellaris To Be Honored At Hellenic Times Scholarship Gala   
 
George Sakellaris, business leader and philanthropist, will be honored for Humanitarian Leadership at the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund Gala on Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Sakellaris, a pioneer in energy efficiency and renewable energy contributing to sustainable and clean environment is Chairman of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ameresco (NYCE: AMRC). He is a past member of the Board of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, and is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. read more
 
 
Theofanis Economidis of Los Altos, California, a member of Leadership 100, was honored for his extraordinary leadership and dedication by the Metropolis of San Francisco on March 2, 2013 at an inaugural Gala event to celebrate the ministries of the Metropolis. In presenting him with The Metropolis Award, His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco cited his contributions to the Metropolis, Archdiocese and Ecumenical Patriarchate. read more
  
The new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art opened at the Art Institute of Chicago, in the couple’s hometown, at a special preview and gala dinner on November 10, 2012. The galleries are the latest philanthropic gift, joining similar galleries dedicated to the art of the Greco-Roman and Byzantine world, primarily at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and also at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. The opening was especially meaningful to Mary Jaharis, who had studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and who expressed joy that the Jaharis Family Foundation was able to establish and support the new galleries and the hope that the new galleries “will serve as a great resource for the Art Institute, its many educational programs, its many visitors and the various communities of the city.” The Art Institute receives 1.6 million visitors a year. read more
 
New Jaharis Galleries Open
St. Michael’s Home presented Argyris (RJ) Vassiliou with the Archangel Michael Award for a decade of service as a dedicated member of its Board of Trustees and as Treasurer, at the Annual Name Day Gala on November 11, 2012, citing him for embodying and promoting “the finest qualities and traditions of our Greek Orthodox heritage through his charitable gifts of selfless time, energy and talent.” Vassiliou is also a member of the Leadership 100 Executive Committee and Board of Trustees and its Treasurer. read more

Emergency Grant For Hurricane Sandy Relief

Charles H. Cotros, Chairman of Leadership 100, announced that the Executive Committee of Leadership 100, at an extraordinary teleconference call November 19, unanimously voted to grant $100,000 immediately to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund, established by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese on November 6 in the wake of the devastating storm that hit hardest in most Northeastern states, especially New York and New Jersey, as well as in the Middle Atlantic and Midwest. read more 

Star-Studded Conference Celebrated In California

The 22nd Annual Leadership 100 Conference with more than 300 attendees culminated in a celebratory Grand Gala on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California. Featured speakers included Jim Gianopulos, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Twentieth Century Fox Film, who presented a memorable audio-visual show on “Hollywood and Hellenism”; Fr. John Bakas, renowned Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles; Alexander Payne, the Academy Award winning film director, screenwriter and producer, who was introduced by his former pastor in Omaha, Nebraska, Very Rev. Fr. Eugene N. Pappas, now of Three Hierarchs Church in Brooklyn, New York; and Nia Vardalos, the Academy Award nominated screenwriter, actress and director. In addition, two prominent Leadership 100 members also spoke, Michael S. Johnson, the pioneering petroleum geologist and a member of the Board of Trustees, and Mary J. Mitchell, the fashion illustrator and  author of Drawn to Fashion.  read more

Message From Our Chairman

As we end the joyous holiday season, I am happy to report good news. Our membership efforts, after stirring events in New York and Houston, have resulted in 38 new members toward our goal of 50 by the Leadership 100 Annual Conference next February, which brings us to an historic total of 900 members. We are moving steadily toward our goal of 1,000 members by our 30th Anniversary in 2014. read more

Nia Vardalos To Speak At Conference

Nia Vardalos, the Canadian-American actress best known for the 2002 Academy Award–nominated film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, will speak on Friday evening, February 8. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, she is an Academy Award nominated screenwriter, actor, director and producer. read more

Star-Studded Program For 2013 Conference

Jim Gianopulos, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Twentieth Century Fox Film, overseeing News Corporation’s motion picture companies, including Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Fox International Productions, and their related entities, will highlight a star-studded program at the 22nd Annual Leadership 100 Conference that brings together the best and brightest from our beloved Church and Community, announced Charles H. Cotros, Leadership 100 Chairman. The Conference, to take place February 7-10, 2013, at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point California, will feature an address with special feature video by Gianopulos on Thursday afternoon, February 7, who will be introduced by his pastor, Fr. John Bakas, Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, who will also speak to conferees, and “will also include Alexander Payne, the award-winning director, screenwriter and producer, and Nia Vardalos, the actress, screenwriter, director and producer,” added Cotros. read more

Fourth National Leadership 100 Sunday Observed

The Fourth National Leadership 100 Sunday was observed in hundreds of Greek Orthodox parishes across the country on Sunday, October 21. Parish Priests read the Encyclical issued by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod and members of Leadership 100 spoke of the 28-year-old mission of the organization founded in 1984 to support the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and to advance Orthodoxy and Hellenism. The date was chosen at the initiation of the event in 2009 as the Sunday prior to the Feast Day of St. Iakovos, a tribute to Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory, the visionary Founder and namesake of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund. read more

New York City And Houston Events Bring In New Members

Leadership 100 organized membership events in New York in New York City on September 25 and in Houston, Texas on November 7 that together brought new membership for 2012 to 34, representing the Direct Archdiocesan District and the eight Metropolises. Total membership increased to 895. The events included remarks from Charles H. Cotros, Chairman, who outlined the 28 year-long mission of Leadership 100 in support of the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the more than $33 million distributed in grants. read more

Contronakis Named Legal Counsel

Emanuel J. Cotronakis, of Juno Beach, Florida, was named Legal Counsel to Leadership 100 and elected to the Board of Trustees, according to Charles H. Cotros, Chairman. Cotronakis, who with his wife, Elaine, joined Leadership 100 in 2008, is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Jacob Investments, Inc., of North Palm Beach, Florida. He was previously a partner and internal team leader with Baker & Hostetler LLP, of Cleveland, Ohio. read more

Georgia Veru Releases Album

Georgia Veru has released an album, Metaphrasis, a celebration of Greek-American culture, capturing her lifelong passion for Greek music and American musical style. She and her husband, Ted, are long-time members of Leadership 100. The album features the Greek sounds of Zembekiko and Sirto, as well as Greek songs arranged in swing mode and American Country style. Highlights include Greek adaptations of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”, “An Affair to Remember” and “Alejate” and feature the styling of the popular Greek-American musician, Gus Vali. The album was produced by Ted Veru and Dean Vali. read more

Manatos Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish

Mike Manatos, of Bethesda, Maryland, a member of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees who competed in his first Make-A-Wish Triathlon in 1997, has generated more than $500,000 for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to grant the wishes of 75 local children with life-threatening medical conditions. “The more I learned about Make-A-Wish, the more wish kids I met, the more deeply involved I wanted to get in the Foundation. It went from being a wonderful charity that I supported to one of my life’s passions,” said Manatos. Manatos, who is Senior Vice President at Manatos & Manatos, a government relations and public policy company in Washington, D.C., started out as a volunteer at the Foundation and later became a member of the chapter’s fundraising advisory board.  In 2008, he joined the Mid-Atlantic governing board of directors. read more


Zampetis, Named Entrepreneur of the Year, Chaired National Leadership 100 Sunday

Theodore K. “Ted” Zampetis of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a member of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees, was named an Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. He served as 2012 Chairman of National Leadership 100 Sunday. read more

Behrakis Receives Honorary Doctorate

Hellenic College - Holy Cross bestowed an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities upon George D. Behrakis, Chairman Emeritus of Leadership 100 and a philanthropist, successful entrepreneur and long time supporter of the School and of the Greek Orthodox Church, in recognition “for his outstanding professional achievements, his many humanitarian and philanthropic acts and his life-long and extraordinary commitment and service to his Hellenic Orthodox Christian heritage.” As Chairman of Leadership 100, Behrakis was instrumental in insuring support of the School. Leadership 100 has provided $14.4 million in scholarships over the years and is now in the process of fulfilling another $10 million commitment of $1million per year. read more

Athens Retires From Public Life

Andrew A. Athens, Co-Founder and the first Co-Chairman of Leadership 100, and Co-Founder and first President of the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), who is also National Chairman of the United Hellenic American Congress (UHAC),  President and Founder of hellenicare and Honorary President of the World Council of Hellenes (SAE), will retire from public life effective September 30, 2012, stating:
 
“My life has been an incredible journey…I have served our country, America; our ancestral home, Greece; the Republic of Cyprus and our Holy Ecumenical Patriarchate for 70 years. I have reached the stage in my life where it is time for me to step back, however, I will always be available to assist and offer my guidance.” read more

Pappas Named Archon Regional Commander

Christopher J. Pappas of Houston, Texas, a member of the Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, was appointed in April of 2012 as Regional Commander of the South Central United States, Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, according to Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, National Commander, who is also a member of Leadership 100. read more

Anagnos Honored by Northwestern

Harold V. Anagnos, a member of Leadership 100 and international authority in the electronics industry, received 79th Alumni Award Honors from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, in March of 2012. Born in Athens, Greece, he immigrated to the United States in 1962. He began a career in electronics shortly afterwards, before founding his own company, Lumex, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of such products as light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and liquid crystal displays. read more

Alexander Payne To Speak At Conference

Alexander Payne, the award-winning, film director, screenwriter, and producer, will address the 22nd Annual Leadership 100 Conference, February 7-10, 2013, at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, in Dana Point California, announced Charles H. Cotros, Leadership 100 Chairman. Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Alexander Payne earned his MFA in Film at UCLA.  He made his feature film debut with Citizen Ruth (1996) and followed up with Election (1999), which won Best Screenplay from the Writers' Guild of America and the New York Film Critics Circle, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.  About Schmidt (2002), premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and opened the New York Film Festival.  Both Sideways(2004) and his latest film, The Descendants (2011), won Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and were nominated for four others, including Best Picture and Best Director.  read more

Ted Zampetis Named Chairman of Leadership 100 Sunday

Charles H. Cotros, Chairman of Leadership 100, has named Ted Zampetis of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a member of the Board of Trustees, as 2012 Chairman of National Leadership 100 Sunday. The theme is, The Leadership 100 Legacy of Giving. “Ted is an outstanding business leader who has contributed to our strategic planning. Leadership 100 is grateful that he has agreed to take on this new role,” said Cotros. read more

Cotros Addresses Clergy-Laity Congress on Role of Leadership

Leadership 100 Chairman, Charles H. Cotros, told the 1,200 participants at the Plenary Session of the 41st Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, that Leadership would meet new challenges in continuing its support of the National Ministries of the Church and humanitarian assistance “as part of our calling as Orthodox Christians and good stewards.” He presented the delegates with “The Leadership 100 Legacy of Giving”, a membership brochure describing the more than $33 million in grantsdistributed by the organization since its founding in 1984. read more

Ted Pedas Receives Film Industry Award

Ted Pedas, President of Circle Management Company of Washington, D.C. and a longtime member of Leadership 100, was recognized with one of the highest awards of the film industry, the prestigious 2012 Marquee Award, from the National Association of Theatre Owners on Tuesday, April 24 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  More than 5,000 film and theater industry people, representing more than 30,000 screens across America, gathered for the event at Caesars Palace. read more

Froso Beys Honored For Civic Leadership

Froso Beys, a longtime member of Leadership 100 and of its Board of Trustees, was recognized for her leadership and charitable activities by New York City Comptroller John C. Liu during the Greek Heritage and Culture Celebration on April 24, 2012. She received a Commendation for her outstanding leadership and volunteerism on behalf of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan charities, for her unwavering commitment to bettering communities, for her dedication to helping others find success, and for her tremendous contributions to the City of New York. read more

IOCC Presents Orthodox Leaders With Compassion At Work Award

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), the global humanitarian relief organization of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, founded in 1992 with “seed” funding from Leadership 100, has named five prominent Orthodox Christian community leaders as the recipients of its Compassion at Work Award: Charles R. Ajalat, Andrew A. Athens, Dr. George J. Farha, George M. Marcus, and John G. Rangos, Sr. Athens, a Founder and first Chairman of Leadership 100, and Rangos, then a member of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees, were the founders of the organization, along with Ajalat. All three served on the IOCC Board, and are now honorary Board members. Marcus, who served on the Leadership 100 Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, also served on the IOCC Board of Directors, as did Dr. Farha. They both are now honorary members the IOCC Board. The five visionary men were selected toreceive the inaugural award for their extraordinary philanthropic contributions to the organization's mission and its continued success over the past 20 years. read more

Harry And Liberty Tsakalos Endowment Presented To IOCC

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announced the establishment of the Harry and Liberty Tsakalos Endowment for Agriculture Development and Food Security by Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Tsakalos of Phoenix, Maryland, members of Leadership 100, before 350 prominent Orthodox community leaders and guests at a gala celebration held in Washington, DC on May 8, 2012, to mark 20 years of humanitarian service by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). read more

Dr. Michael John Patzakis Receives Tribute

Dr. Michael John Patzakis, a member of Leadership 100 with his wife, Susan, was honored for his 21 years of service upon his retirement as Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California on May 19, 2012 at the Langham Huntington Hotel’s ballroom in Pasadena, California. More than 470 distinguished guests from the USA and abroad, many former Orthopaedic residents and friends, attended the tribute dinner. Dr. Patzakis has been a member of the Orthopaedic department for 43 years. read more

New Chairman Inaugurated

Leadership 100 Partners, inaugurated by the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund in 2006 to attract young professionals to the philanthropic membership organization, one of the largest in the Orthodox and Hellenic world, celebrated Christmas at Kellari’s Parea restaurant in New York City on December 15, 2011 to mark reaching 100 members, including five Leadership 100 Junior Partners. The event was hosted by Michael N. Bapis of New York, Chairman of the group, and Drake G. Behrakis of Boston. They announced plans to further recruit new members across the nation in 2012 and to gather many members at the 21st Annual Leadership 100 Conference, February 9-12, 2012, at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach in Manalapan, Florida. read more

Leadership 100 Supports National Clergy Retreat

The Leadership 100 Executive Committee unanimously agreed to underwrite the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council National Clergy Retreat in the amount of $45,000. According to Constantine G. Caras, Chairman of Leadership 100, this award is intended “to continue support of our clergy whose ministries are essential to our spiritual growth and that of our families, which has been an integral part of Leadership 100 grants since our founding.” The organization has provided more than $17 million in grants to various programs related to Greek Orthodox clergy over that period. read more

AHEPA Fulfills Pledge
The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA),one of the first membership-based associations to join Leadership 100, fulfilled its $100,000 pledge with the presentation of a check to His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and Paulette Poulos, Leadership 100 Executive Director, at the Grand Banquet of its 89th Annual Supreme Convention July 18-24, 2011, at the Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Fla.  Nicholas A. Karacostas, Supreme President, Order of AHEPA, and Franklin R. Manios, Chairman of AHEPA’S Board of Trustees, made the presentation. read more

Liveris Named by President Obama as Co-Chair of Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company and a member of Leadership 100, was appointed in June by U.S. President Barack Obama as Co-Chair of the newly formed Advanced Manufacturing Partnership. Liveris will be joined by Susan Hockfield, President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in heading the Partnership. read more

Leadership 100 Supports Nationwide Youth Camps

The Leadership 100 Executive Committee unanimously approved a $270,000 grant on May 25, in time to be used forthe 2011 Metropolis/Direct Archdiocesan District summer youth camps. This grant is intended to “strengthen Greek Orthodox youth as they grow in their Orthodox faith and appreciation of their Hellenic heritage,” according to Constantine G. Caras, Chairman of Leadership 100. read more
 

Internationally acclaimed Sony Classical recording artist and Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis will highlight the Leadership 100 21st Annual Conference, February 9-12, 2012 at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach in Manalapan, Florida. He will perform at a special concert on Friday, February 10 at The Harriet Himmel Theater, the cultural centerpiece of CityPlace in neighboring West Palm Beach, according to Conference Cathy Sakellaris, who is a member of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees. read more

Leading Cardiologist Tells Life Story

Dr. Peter C. Gazes, one of the nation’s leading cardiologists, a member of Leadership 100 and devoted churchman, has published his life story in Through the Backdoor: Son of Immigrant Parents Overcomes Many Obstacles to Become a Physician.  Meeting obstacles at every turn in his life from college through medical school and internships, and the Medical Corps of the United States Navy, Dr. Gazes tells the remarkable story of his rise from humble origins as the son of Greek immigrants in Charleston, South Carolina, to the acme of his medical profession in cardiology. read more

Hellenicare Marks Decade of Relief Work in Armenia

hellenicare, the international medical and humanitarian relief organization founded by Andrew A. Athens a Founder and first Chairman of Leadership 100, during his tenure as President of the World Council of Hellenes (SAE), celebrated the Tenth Anniversary of its medical and humanitarian programs in Alaverdi, Armenia with the opening of the newly renovated, medical center on May 4, 2011. In 2001, hellenicare expanded its mission of alleviating poverty and oppression by establishing a medical clinic in Alaverdi.  Nurses’ and medical mobile unit programs were created in 2002 to serve residents of rural, remote villages. hellenicare also provides humanitarian assistance in the form of medicines, medical supplies and other aid. read more

Gratitude from Metropolis of Pittsburgh

As soon as the news went out on May 25, 2011 that Constantine G. Caras, Leadership 100 Chairman, had initiated and received approval of a Leadership 100 grant of $270,000 in support of summer camps for youth across the nation, the calls began coming into the Leadership 100 Office from members and recipients alike praising the timely decision. read more

Catsimatidis To Be Honored By PAL

The Police Athletic League (PAL) will honor John A. Catsimatidis as PAL’s 2011 Superstar at its 39th Annual Superstar Dinner Thursday, June 16, 2011, at The Pierre in New York City. Chairman and CEO of Red Apple Group, Catsimatidis is a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of Leadership 100 and serves on its Executive Committee, as well as a member of the PAL Board of Directors since 1984. read more

Metropoulos Named Executive of the Year

C. Dean Metropoulos, Chairman and CEO of C. Dean Metropoulos & Company ("CDM"), and a long-time member of Leadership 100, has been named “Executive of the Year” by the Hellenic American Bankers Association (HABA) and will be honored at its 29th Anniversary Executive of the Year Award Dinner on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Union League Club of New York. CDM is a boutique acquisition and management firm with offices in New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. Metropoulos has spent the past 25 years building, restructuring and growing numerous businesses in the U.S. and Europe.  Many of these were subsequently taken public or sold to strategic corporations.  He is very well known in the private equity, investment banking, and financial community. read more

Koumantzelis to be Honored by Alpha Omega

Arthur G. Koumantzelis, a member of Leadership 100, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Alpha Omega Council on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. A native of Lowell, Massachusetts and prominent business leader, he is one of the original founders of Alpha Omega Council, which is dedicated to uniting Americans of Hellenic ancestry to promote and encourage American patriotism while cultivating the ideals of Hellenism. He is being honored for his “uncompromising integrity and true professionalism.” read more

 

Behrakis First Recipient of Nicholas J. Bouras Award

The Order of Saint Andrew announced that Archon Depoutatos George D. Behrakis, Chairman Emeritus of Leadership 100, has been named the first recipient of the “Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship.”  A special tribute dinner dance will be held on June 5, 2011 at the Metropolitan Club in New York. read more

Leadership 100 Conference Marks Growth

Constantine G. Caras, Chairman, delivered the good news to more than 400 members and guests of Leadership 100 at its 20th Annual Conference at the Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, from February 24 to 27, 201l, that the organization had rebounded with growth in membership, contributions and the value of its portfolio, allowing an  increase in grants. Caras said Leadership 100 continues to grow despite challenging economic conditions. He cited the increase of membership to 863, an increase of 34 new members, which included a total of 95 enrolled as Leadership 100 Partners Program and 5 enrolled in the Junior Partners Program, as well as 447 fulfilled members. read more

Missions Institute Established At Hellenic College/Holy Cross

The Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity was established last year at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology with an initial endowed gift of one milliondollars from EFOM (the Endowment Fund for Orthodox Missions) presented to the ReverendNicholas Triantafilou, President of HC/HC, by EFOM’s Board President, Helen Nicozisis, along-time member of Leadership 100. Nicozisis noted that the gift came from not one major benefactor, but from many people who gave both small and large donations over many years. “All of these people,” Nicozisis emphasized, “believe in the essential importance of cultivating the spirit of missions especially among our seminarians and future clergy.” read more

AHI Foundation Names New President

The American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF) announced the selection of Dr. Spiro Spireas as its president, effective January 1, 2011.  Dr. Spireas succeeds AHI Foundation President and AHI Founder Gene Rossides, who will remain on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Both are members of Leadership 100. read more

Countdown to Gabby Awards Launched

The countdown to the 2011 Gabby Awards was officially launched in November of 2010 at a private event for donors and supporters of the Greek America Foundation, headlined by Fox Films Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, who is also one of the Honorary Co-chairs of the 2011 Gabby Awards, along with his wife Ann. The event opened with an introduction and welcome by Greek America Foundation founder Gregory Pappas, a member of Leadership 100, who spoke about the organization’s goals and projects, including the upcoming Gabby Awards in New York City that are scheduled for June 4, 2011 at Ellis Island. Gianopulos presented a special multi-media lecture called "Hellenism and Hollywood: From Aristotle to Alexander (Payne)" that chronicled the story of how Greek Americans impacted the development of Hollywood over the years. read more

Helen Abadzi Active in Education

The University of Texas at Arlington featured one of their alumna, Helen Abadzi, who with her husband, Theodore Vakrinos, are members of Leadership 100, in an article in the UT Arlington Magazine some years ago noting that she holds five college degrees, including two doctorates, and speaks numerous languages, the article highlighted her achievements in exploring solutions to educational problems facing low-income countries. read more

Leadership 100 Sunday Observed 

Leadership 100 Sunday was observed in hundreds of Greek Orthodox parishes across the country on Sunday, October 17, 2010, its second national observance. Parish Priests read the Encyclical issued by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod and members of Leadership 100 spoke of the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, for whose support Leadership 100 was founded in 1984. The date was chosen as the Sunday prior to the Feast Day of St. Iakovos, a tribute to Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory, the visionary Founder and namesake of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund. read more
 

Mary Jaharis Center Opens at Hellenic College/Holy Cross

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture was inaugurated October 3, 2010 on the campus of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios presided over the inaugural ceremonies for the new Center which began with a $3 million donation from The Jaharis Family Foundation two years ago. The Center will serve as a premier international research center for the promotion of Byzantine Art and Culture and will host a series of academic programs including seminars, conferences, visiting scholars, special events and art programs. read more

100-Year-Old Grandfather Honored With Leadership 100 Membership

Symeon Kefalidis of Alexandroupolis, Greece, who celebrated his 100th birthday this past October, and his wife of 75 years, Kerasia, received a special gift from their daughter-in-law and three of their grandchildren: a new and fulfilled membership in the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund! read more

George D. Behrakis Honored By Ahepa

George D. Behrakis, Chairman Emeritus of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, was presented with the 2010 Archbishop Iakovos Humanitarian Award by the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) on November 20th at the Northeast Regional Biennial Banquet of the organization at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church in Orange, Connecticut, outside of New Haven. read more

George Chryssis Named President of Benjamin Franklin Institute

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology has named George C. Chryssis, a long-time member of Leadership 100, as its next president effective January 1, 2011. "George Chryssis is ideally prepared to lead the school into the future," said Board of Trustees Chair, Anne Bailey Berman.  "George has been an entrepreneur, a financier and in academia.   He personally knows the influence that the Franklin Institute can have on young people's lives.   It was at the Franklin Institute that George began his own education when he entered this country at age 18." read more

 

Peter G. Peterson Addresses Forum, Presented with Award for Excellence (VIDEO) 

Peter G. Peterson, the renowned Greek American business leader and philanthropist, addressed a capacity crowd of more than 200 members of Leadership 100 from across the country and their guests at the inaugural Leadership 100 Forum on Business and Philanthropy at the Onassis Cultural Center in the Olympic Tower in New York City on Thursday night, September 9, 2010. After delivering a stirring and sobering message on the state of the U.S. economy and its global implications, he was honored by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and Leadership 100 Chairman, Constantine G. Caras with the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence. read more

Nicholas J. Bouras Designated Life-Time Board Member

The Leadership 100 Board of Trustees voted unanimously at its meeting in New York September 10, 2010 to designate Nicholas J. Bouras, one of the first members to join, and a member of its Board of Trustees since 1997, “Honorary Life-Time Member of the Board of Trustees.”  His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and Leadership 100 Chairman, Constantine G. Caras, along with Acting Executive Director Paulette Poulos traveled to the offices of Bouras Properties in Summit, New Jersey to bestow upon Bouras the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence for his extraordinary service and philanthropy. read more

Archbishop Demetrios Presented with Check for Holy Cross Scholarships

Constantine G. Caras, Leadership 100 Chairman, presented His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios with a check for $500,000 for Holy Cross Scholarships at the Board of Trustees meeting September 10, 2010 in New York. The amount represented the second installment of a $1 million grant approved for 2010 by the Executive Committee at its meeting during the 19th Annual Leadership 100 Conference last February. At that time, the Committee committed to the extension of the scholarship program for seminarians preparing for the Priesthood at Holy Cross School of Theology in the amount of $1 million a year through 2018, re-designating the program “Leadership 100 Scholars” and setting new criteria for the granting of the scholarships recommended by a special committee headed by Charles H. Cotros, Leadership 100 Vice Chairman.

Manatos Family Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The Manatos family recently celebrated three important milestones, including the 100th anniversary of the arrival of their family in the United States. The celebration was covered by US News & World Report, Politico, The Hill, Roll Call and NBC Washington. The celebration marked the arrival of Nick A. Manatos 100 years ago (on July 27, 1910) at Ellis Island from Crete, Greece, as well as the 75th anniversary of the arrival of Mike N. Manatos in Washington, DC, where he served as the Senate liaison to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and began the family's uninterrupted work on US public policy development from the public and private sector, and the 20th anniversary of Mike A. Manatos joining the firm of Manatos & Manatos. read more

Rumpakis Supports Creation of Hellenic Studies Program

E. John Rumpakis, a member of Leadership 100 and prominent businessman, helped establish the Hellenic Studies Program at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. A long-standing supporter of the school, he donated $250,000 to initiate the program last July. The mission of the new program is to strengthen the relationship between the Portland region “and the people, culture and businesses of Greece and the Greek Diaspora” with classes in language, history, culture and current affairs and internships, study abroad opportunities, lectures and performances by visiting scholars, authors and artists. read more

Harry Wilson Joins Leadership 100

Harry Wilson, a prominent business analyst and investment advisor, who is the son and grandson of Greek immigrants, has joined Leadership 100. Born and raised in Johnstown, New York,and a graduate of both Harvard University and Harvard Business School, his career of assessing institutional investors and fund managers involved stints at Goldman Sachs, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and The Blackstone Group. He was the 2010 Republican candidate for New York State Comptroller. read more

Chairman Joins Archbishop To Open Exhibit Hall

Leadership 100 Chairman Constantine Caras joined Archbishop Demetrios and other Hierarchs for the cutting of the ribbon at the official opening of the Congress Exhibit Hall at the 40th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on July 4, 2010 in Atlanta. Leadership 100 provided the underwriting for the exhibit area, which featured numerous booths with vendors from the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus and included a ministry pavilion which highlighted the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. read more

Orthodox Military Bible Presented

Leadership 100 has presented the American Bible Society with a gift of $25,000 toward the publication of the second edition of first-ever military edition of the New Testament and Psalms for Orthodox Christians. read more

First Episcopal Assembly Meets

The first Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Hierarchs in North and Central America met from May 26 to May 28 at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel in New York City. Convened by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, the Assembly was attended by more than 50 Hierarchs and was made possible through a Leadership 100 grant to the Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, which underwrote much of the expense. Other funding came from a variety of Pan-Orthodox sources. read more

Athens and Tomaras Honored

Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology held their 68th commencement on Saturday, May 15, 2010 and conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities on two prominent members of Leadership 100, Andrew A. Athens, a Founder and its first Chairman, and Chris P. Tomaras, a prominent businessman and philanthropist, Founder of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation, both of Chicago. read more

Roumelitoes Appointed by San Francisco Mayor

Stefanie G. Roumeliotes, a Leadership 100 Partner, was appointed to the Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority by Mayor Gavin Newsom on May 14, 2010, to fill a seat that expires on March 25, 2014. read more

New Leadership

The Board of Trustees, meeting at the 19th Annual Leadership 100 Conference, elected Constantine G. Caras of Wilmington, Delaware as Chairman; Charles H Cotros of Memphis, Tennessee as Vice-Chairman; and George S. Tsandikos of Greenwich, Connecticut as Treasurer. Kassandra L. Romas of Short Hills, New Jersey continues to serve as Secretary. The Board also elected Tsandikos along with John A. Catsimatidis and Peter J. Pappas of New York to the Executive Committee and, most significantly, seven new members, representing the greatest diversity to date, were elected to the Board of Trustees. read more

Financial Crisis Inquiry Continues

The 10-member bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission established in 2009 to examine the causes of the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression continued televised hearings into the near-collapse of the financial system in 2008. Two prominent members of Leadership 100 serve on the commission, Phil Angelides, the former California Treasurer, who was appointed Chairman, and Byron Georgiou of Las Vegas, Nevada who has had a long career in the private and public sector in government service, business and law, and has spent most of the last decade investigating and prosecuting financial fraud. He is currently the President of Georgiou Enterprises and has had a leadership role in the historic litigations prosecuting financial fraud on behalf of defrauded investors at Enron, WorldCom, Dynegy, AOLTimeWarner, and UnitedHealth. He holds a Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. read more

National Leadership 100 Sunday

The Second National Leadership 100 Sunday will be observed on Sunday October 17, 2010 in Greek Orthodox parishes across the country, according to Constantine G. Caras, Leadership 100 Chairman and the Chairman of the first observance of National Leadership 100 Sunday in 2009. Caras also announced that he had appointed Michael R. Henry, a member of the Board of Trustees, to be Chairman of the 2010 observance. read more

Helen Nicozisis Honored

Helen Bakalis Nicozisis, a long-time member of Leadership 100, was honored for her leadership and philanthropy last November at the annual Chrysanthemum Ball of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City. A Trustee and Past President of the Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), she was the first lay person and woman to be elected to that position. She served on the organization’s board for more than two decades and chaired its capital campaign for some five years, which led to the construction of the Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administration Building, its new headquarters in St. Augustine, Florida. read more

Caras and Kontos Couple Honorees at Expo

Leadership 100 Chairman, Constantine G. Caras, and long-time members, Evripides (Evris) and Evangelia (Eva) Kontos were honored at the 19th Hermes Expo Dinner Dance and Awards Ceremony Saturday April 24, 2010 at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City. The Hermes Expo International included a trade exhibition and Green Symposium. In addition, The Hellenic Medical Association hosted their first ever CME (Continuing Medical Education) at the Expo and young professionals, SAE USA Youth, hosted their mentor fair  in conjunction with the National Hellenic Student Association whose conference also took place at the Expo. read more

George Marcus Awarded

George M. Marcus, a long-time member of the Leadership 100 Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, was honored with The Aristeio Award of the American Hellenic Council of California on April 17. read more

National Leadership 100 Sunday

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios has issued an Encyclical on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod designating October 18, 2009 as National Leadership 100 Sunday. The date was chosen as the Sunday prior to the Feast of St. Iakovos, a tribute to Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory, the visionary Founder and namesake of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund. read more

22 New Memberships

The National Membership Committee, under the Chairmanship of Thomas L. Demakes, succeeded in recruiting 22 new memberships toward the 2009 goal of 50. There are now 825 members with 397 fulfilled members and 86 Leadership 100 Partners. read more

Stephanopoulos, Pelecanos & Argyros To Highlight Conference

George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and ABC News's Chief Washington Correspondent, who was President Clinton's senior political advisor and Communications Director; George Pelecanos, the award- winning author, film and television producer whose newest book,The Way Home, was on President Obama's reading list this summer; and George Argyros, former United States Ambassador to Spain and one of America's foremost real estate investors, will highlight the 19th Annual Leadership 100 Conference at Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, California, from February 4-7, 2010. read more

Andrew Athens Honored

Andrew A. Athens, a Founding Member and the first Chairman of Leadership 100, who is also National Chairman of the United Hellenic American Congress (UHAC), President and Founder of hellenicare and Honorary President of the World Council of Hellenes (SAE), received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law from the American College of Greece in recognition of his outstanding service to others and extraordinary achievements. The degree was conferred at Peace and Friendship Stadium in Neo Faliro, Greece on Saturday, June 27, 2009. read more

Museum Wing Named for Behrakis Couple
The George D. and Margo Behrakis Art of the Ancient World Wing was dedicated at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on September 12. Behrakis, Chairman Emeritus of Leadership 100, and with his wife, Margo, long-time members of Leadership 100 and the hosts of the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference last February in Puerto Rico, is among seven of the Museum, who have contributed $25 million or more during their lifetime of giving. A noted philanthropist and innovative pioneer in the pharmaceutical industry, he sold Muro Pharmaceutical Inc. in 1998. read more

Pappajohn Sculpture Park Opens

The Pappajohn Sculpture Park, a collection of 24 sculptures valued at $40 million and sitting on 4.4 acres of green space in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, opened with a stirring celebration on Sunday, September 27 with a crowd of more than 1,000 in attendance as state and city leaders thanked the principal benefactors, John and Mary Pappajohn, long-time members of Leadership 100. read more

 

Grants To Continue

The Leadership 100 Board of Directors at its meeting in New York City on May 29, 2009 voted unanimously to fund its grant commitments for 2008, 2009 and 2010 for a total of $2 million. Total grant commitments since the inception of the organization in 1984 will now reach $30 million in 2010, an average of $1.2 million a year. read more

New York Membership Event

Leadership 100 members and prospects, 60 in all, were hosted once again at Kellarirs Parea in the Gramercy Park section of New York City on Thursday, May 28, to continue the 25th sup Anniversary Membership Campaign into 2009, with a goal of 50 members. Last year, a similar event helped the 2008 goal reach 50 new members. Peter J. Pappas, Membership Chairman for the Direct Archdiocesan District and co-owner of the restaurant with James, George and PeterPantelidis, served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. read more

OCMC Dedicates New Building

The new Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administration Building was dedicated during the two-day festivities of May 20-21 in St. Augustine, Florida. The new building was named in honor of Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durres, and All Albania and Archbishop Demetrios of America, who led the ceremonies. Archbishop Demetrios presided over the service along with Archbishop Anastasios and Metropolitan Jonah, the leading hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Leadership 100 assisted in the start up funding of the OCMC, providing a total of $791,000 in grants, according to Paulette Polulos, Acting Executive Director of the organization, who attended the ceremonies. In addition, Lou Nicozisis, a member of the Leadership 100 Executive Committee, and Helen Nicozisis, a member of Leadership 100 and former President and current member of the OCMC Board of Directors, along with L100 members John Daskalakis and Cina Daskalakis, also a member of the OCMC Board of Directors, were recognized for their untiring efforts in raising funds for the new building and coordinating the ceremonies. read more

Cathedral Honors Catsimatidis Couple

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York presented John and Margo Catsimatidis, long-time members of Leadership 100,with the 25 Holy Trinity Award at the 74th Annual Cathedral Gala on June 7. Noted for their business and charitable leadership, John and Margo, received commendations of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine,Governor Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania and many other notables and organizations. read more

Demakes Elected To Board Of Trustees

Thomas L. Demakes of Swampscott, MA, National Membership Chairman of Leadership 100, was elected to the Board of Trustees to fill the vacancy of George D. Behrakis, who was designated a life-time Chairman Emeritus joining his predecessor as Chairman, John A. Payiavlas, and the five life-time Founders, Andrew A. Athens, Arthur C. Anton, George K. Chimples, Peter M. Dion and Michael Jaharis (Payiavlas and Behrakis replaced two of the deceased founders, George P. Kokalis and Thomas A. Athens). read more

Parthenis Named Chairman of Strategy and Planning Committee

Peter P. Parthenis of Inverness, IL was appointed Chairman of the newly-formed Strategy and Planning Committee by Stephen G. Yeonas, Leadership 100 Chairman. The new committee will develop a five-year strategic plan for the institutional advancement of Leadership 100 in all areas, including membership growth, finances, organization and management and communications. read more

L100 Partners Kick Off Membership Campaign    

Leadership 100 Partners, the young professional organization created by Leadership 100 to pass its mission on to the next generation, kicked off the first event of a nation wide membership campaign in Washington DC. Under the capable leadership of Mike Manatos, a reception took place at The Source, a restaurant in the Newseum, the popular interactive news museum, in the nation’s capital on April 30.   A group of some 30 young and impressive Greek-American professionals gathered to hear the story of Leadership 100 and to share in an evening of fellowship. read more

Gabby Awards Ceremony
 
Greek America Magazine--the nation's most widely circulated periodical for Greek Americans will launch the first--and only--awards program, recognizing excellence amongst Greek Americans on June 19th in Chicago. The Gabby Awards was conceived and founded by Gregory C. Pappas, publisher of Greek America Magazine and a member of Leadership 100. Aiming to become the Greek American community's premier award brand, The Gabby Awards were launched in Chicago on February 27th at a launch party with several hundred guests present, followed by a similar event in New York City a week later on March 12th. read more

Behrakis Honored at Hellenic Times Gala
 
George D. Behrakis, a life-time Chairman Emeritus of Leadership 100, was the honoree at the 18th annual gala of The Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund on May 16, receiving the Humanitarian Leadership Award. Behrakis, who served as Chairman of Leadership 100 from 2006 to 2008, was designated a life -time Chairman Emeritus joining his predecessor as Chairman, John A. Payiavlas and the five life-time Founders, Andrew A. Athens, Arthur C.Anton, George K. Chimples, Peter M. Dion and Michael Jaharis. Payiavlas and Behrakis replaced two of the deceased founders, George P. Kokalis and Thomas A. Athens. read more 

Cathedral To Honor John and Margo Catsimatidis    
 
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City will honor John and Margo Catsimatidis, long-time members of Leadership 100, noted for their business and charitable leadership, on the occasion of the 74th Annual Cathedral Gala on June 7. read more

Karmanos To Be Honored
 
The Alpha Omega Council will honor Peter Karmanos, Jr., a member of Leadership 100, with its Annual Lifetime Achievement Award.  Known as one of the country’s premier businessmen and currently CEO of Compuware Corporation, Mr. Karmanos is the owner of the NHL Carolina Hurricanes, a founder and sponsor of youth hockey programs in Michigan, and a committed philanthropist, particularly in the area of breast cancer research. read more
 
5 Minute Challenge

The National Membership Committee of Leadership 100, under the Chairmanship of Thomas L. Demakes, will launch the “5 Minute Challenge” campaign in an appeal in May to all members in order to recruit 50 new members in 2009. Already, 5 new members have joined. read more

Behrakis To Be Honored   
 
George D. Behrakis, a life-time Chairman Emeritus of Leadership 100, will be the honoree at the 18th annual gala of The Hellenic Time Scholarship Fund on May 16, receiving the Humanitarian Leadership Award.  Behrakis, who served as Chairman of Leadership 100 from 2006 to 2008, was designated a life-time Chairman Emeritus of the 25-year-old organization joining his predecessor as Chairman, John A. Payiavlas and the five life-time Founders, Andrew A. Athens, Arthur C. Anton, George K. Chimples, Peter M. Dion and Michael Jaharis. Payiavlas and Behrakis replaced two of the deceased founders, George P. Kokalis and Thomas A. Athens. read more

Seminarians Visit L100    
  
Some 21 Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology seniors visited the Leadership 100 offices in the Olympic Tower in New York City on April 2 as part of their annual Archdiocesan Seminar. Of those, three were deacons, Dn. Thomas Guerry, Dn. Jason Roll and Dn. Phillip Philemon Patitsas and three women Master of Divinity candidates planning to work within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Mindy Brand, Elizabeth Nichols and Priscilla Callos. read more

First Lady Of Leadership    
 
L100 in Action for February and The Leader Spring 2009, in reporting that the Board of Trustees of Leadership 100 had elected Kassandra L. Romas of Short Hills, NJ as Secretary, the first woman to be named an officer of the organization, should also have noted that the longest serving woman on the Board of Trustees was Evanthea (“Eve”) N. Condakes of Swampscott, MA, not Evangeline Condakes of eternal memory, who was Eve’s sister-in-law. We regret the error and our apologies go to Eve, who we all know and love as the “First Lady of Leadership 100.” Eve served on the Leadership 100 Board from 1995 until 2009, the first woman appointed to the Board by Archbishop Iakovos of eternal memory and the first subsequently elected to the Board. For several years she was the only woman to serve on the Board. read more

Dr. Constantine Papadakis Dies    
 
Dr. Constantine Papadakis, the Drexel University President who is credited with raising the endowment, enrollment and profile of the one-time commuter school, died of complications from lung cancer on Sunday, April 5. He was 63 and was a prominent member of Leadership 100. Stephen G. Yeonas, Chairman of Leadership 100, said on hearing of the news: “Taki Papadakis’ legacy in advancing education and Hellenic ideals will live on and influence the lives of many of our young people and our society. To him, education was the most important gift we could give our children and he encouraged our youth to be diligent in their studies and to strive for perfection. His genuine warmth, love and support for all humankind are the greatest gifts he leaves behind. Leadership 100, the academic world and our nation have lost a great leader.” read more
 

James P. Pamel, Longtime Trustee, Dies    
  
James P. Pamel, a longtime member of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees, died Saturday, April 25. He was an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate since 1984 and served as a member of the  National Archdiocesan Council and the Councils of the Metropolis of Detroit and the parish of St. George in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Pamel, who was 85 at the time of his death, served on the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees from early 1987 to February of 2009. He also served as President of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Troy, Michigan. read more

Onassis Foundation Joins

Aristotle S. Onassis died on March 15, 1975. At that time, the Alexander S. Onassis Public benefit Foundation amounted to no more than a few lines in his will and the express instruction that it was to bear the name of Alexander S. Onassis, his son, who had pre-deceased him, wishing to preserve his memory. On October 24, 2000, the Alexander S.Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) celebrated its inauguration and the opening of the Onassis Cultural Center, housed in The Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City. In 2005, the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100Endowment Fund, organized in 1984 as the vision of the late Archbishop Iakovos, Primate of North and South America, tosupport the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and advance Orthodoxy and Hellenism in America, moved its offices to The Olympic Tower, becoming a neighbor of the Onassis Foundation and cooperating with it in promoting Hellenism in the premiere venue of Hellenic culture in the United States. read more

Grants Go to Holy Cross, Home Missions and Clergy in Need

The Leadership 100 Grant Fund, under the chairmanship of Charles H. Cotros, which has raised $1,071,350 in cash and pledges from Leadership 100 members in the face of the economic downturn, has distributed $500,000 million to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology to continue support of scholarships for seminarians studying for the priesthood. Another $500,000 will go to the school in August. In addition $20,000 has been given to the Home Missions Program of the Department of Outreach and Evangelism of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to supplement salaries of priests serving in struggling parishes across the country and $6,600 to Retired Clergy and Presvyteras in need.  Since its beginning 25 years ago, Leadership 100 has supported the Home Missions Program with more than $1million in grants. read more

Archbishop Demetrios Chair Established

The President of Fordham University, Fr. Joseph M. McShane, S.J. announced Tuesday Feb. 17, a Jaharis Family Foundation gift establishing the Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture as part of the Orthodox Christian Studies Program of this renowned Roman-Catholic Jesuit University in New York. The announcement came at the conclusion of the Sixth Annual Orthodoxy in America Lecture given this year by Fr. Stanley Harakas, ThD, who is the Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology Emeritus at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Fr. Harakas’ topic The Future of Orthodox Christianity in America: A Normative Approach captivated his diverse audience of academics, clergymen, students and laymen. He outlined the threats and pitfalls but also the opportunities of the social and cultural reality in America and suggested ways of what we need to do and ought to do, as Orthodox. read more

Archbishop Iakovos Museum Iconography Dedicated

At the end of last year, Paulette Poulos, long-time Executive Assistant to Archbishop Iakovos, and Executive Director (Interim) of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, was on hand for the dedication of the spectacular iconography at the Archbishop Iakovos Museum. Part of the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center, the only capital project supported by Leadership, which gave a grant of $1 million for its establishment at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA. read more

Tiboris Presents Festival Of The Aegean

Peter Tiboris, conductor, business innovator, and proud Greek American, who fulfilled his membership in Leadership 100 at the end of 2008, is giving something back to his historic homeland, presenting the Fifth Annual Festival of the Aegean, from July 1-11, in Syros, Greece, for the fifth time since 2002. This year’s Festival will offer a high level of programming, ranging from Puccini’s opera Tosca starring sopranoEilana Lappalainen; to Schubert’s Mass in G Major, No. 2, D.167;Mozart’s Overture to La clemenza di Tito, K.621; and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64, all of which Mr. Tiboris will conduct. read more


Pappas Name Special Advisor

Dr. David Horner, president of The American College of Greece (ACG), has announced the appointment of Gregory C. Pappas of Chicago, Ill., a member of Leadership 100, as a Special Advisor to the College, effective January 1, 2009. Pappas will advise ACG’s president and senior administration on issues related to communications, community outreach, and development for the College’s activities in the United States, as well as for strategy related to academic and study abroad programs. read more

IRA Distribution Rule Extended

According to William S. Crane, of Crane, Tonelli, Rosenberg & Co. LLP, the Leadership 100 accounting firm, the rule allowing tax-free treatment of IRA distributions donated to charity, which applied to 2006 and 2007, is extended to 2008 and 2009. read more

Founders Honored

Some 340 conferees gathered for the Grand Banquet at the Leadership 100 Celebration Conference at The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel in Carolina, Puerto Rico on Saturday, February 7, 2009 to honor Leadership 100 Founders. Stephen G. Yeonas, Chairman, and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America were joined by George D. Behrakis, Chairperson of the Conference with his wife, Margo, in presenting them with the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence, named for the visionary Archbishop Iakovos who initiated the organization in 1984. read more

General Assembly Hears Good News

The Leadership 100 Annual General Assembly convened at the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference concluded on February 6, 2009 in Puerto Rico, to hear reports of record growth in membership and continued success in raising new funds for grants despite the economic downturn. read more

Economic Outlook

George D. Behrakis, 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference Chairperson with his wife, Margo, moderated a Business Panel on Important Economic Issues that included Leadership 100 members John G. Pappajohn from Des Moines, Iowa, and Charles H. Cotros from Memphis, Tennessee. Cotros was President, Chairman and CEO of Sysco. Pappajohn is very successful as a venture capitalist, putting together small companies, innovative companies, bridge loans and mezzanine start up companies in the biotech and in the high tech industry. Following are excerpts of the discussion. read more

Legal Reminiscences

Chairman Stephen G. Yeonas made a last-minute call Monday evening during the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference to a long-time friend to speak at our conference after a mutual friend, Plato Cacheris, became ill and had to cancel. Jacob Stein of Stein, Mitchell & Muse who is the former President of the DC Bar Association agreed and the conferees were delighted by his presentation. Following are excerpts. read more

Deborah Norville, Host, Inside Edition

Deborah Norville began her career in television while a student at the University of Georgia, as a reporter, and later as an anchor at WGA TV in Atlanta. In 1987 she made her move to New York as NBC anchor of News at Sunrise and co-host of the Today show. She is the author of several books, including two childrens books, and has most recently written Thank You Power, whose positive and hopeful message has received rave reviews.  Following are excerpts of her talk at a special Spouses’ Brunch at the 25 Anniversary Celebration Conference. read more

First Woman Elected Officer

The Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, meeting at the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference, elected Kassandra L. Romas of Short Hills, NJ as Secretary, the first woman to be named an officer of the organization.  She is the Managing Director of Bouras Properties, LLC of Summit, NJ. read more

Demakes Named National Membership Chairman

Thomas L. Demakes of Swampscott, MA was named National Membership Chairman of Leadership 100 by Stephen G. Yeonas, Chairman. He will organize a nationwide membership committee in order to recruit 50 new members in 2009. Leadership 100 recruited 64 new members in 2008 and the membership now stands at 813.  read more

Membership at Record Level, Over $1 Million Raised for Grants    
 
On the eve of the Leadership 100 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference next week, February 5-8, in Puerto Rico, membership has increased to a record 814 with 64 new members joining in 2008 and 374 members fulfilling their pledges of $100,000 each. An estimated 324 members and their guests will gather at The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel in Carolina, Puerto Rico to celebrate 25 years of the Leadership 100 mission to advance Orthodoxy and Hellenism in America. read more 

Behrakis to Lead Panel    
 
George D. Behrakis, former Chairman of Leadership 100 and Chairman of the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference, will open the Conference on Thursday, February 5 at The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel in Carolina, Puerto Rico and moderate a business panel discussion on important economic issues. read more

St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center    
 
Nestled in the tranquil woods of New Hampshire in the historic town of Contoocook, the St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center of the Metropolis of Boston has been termed “a beacon of Orthodoxy and Hellenism.”  read more 

New York Life CEO Joins L100, Company Donates $1 Million To HC/HC   

Ted Mathas, 41, who became a member of Leadership 100 shortly after being named chief executive officer by the Board of Directors of New York Life Insurance Company last year, presented Archbishop Demetrios with a $1 million donation on behalf of the company on Jan. 9 for the establishment of the New York Life Center for the Study of Hellenism in Pontus and Asia Minor at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA. The donation is part of New York Life’s outreach program to the heirs of Greek policyholders in the Ottoman Empire. read more

Psarouthakis on Lecture Circuit   

Dr. John Psarouthakis, a pioneering scientist-entrepreneur and member of Leadership 100, traveling with his wife, Antigoni, in Europe last December gave the keynote speech, "The Challenge of Rapid Change in a Borderless World", at the graduation celebration at the Neynrode Business University in Holland; a lecture at the same school on "How to Acquire the Right Business"; and then two lectures, "How to Turn Around an Underperforming Business", and "Management Change", at a German university and in Milan. read more 

Leadership 100 Raises More Than $1 Million For Grants Fund
 
The Leadership 100 Grant Fund, formed in response to the current economic crisis and its effect on our
Endowment Fund, has reached $750,000 in cash and pledges toward its $1 million goal to enable Leadership 100 to continue its grant program until such time as the earnings from the Endowment Fund allow the organization to resume grant distributions. read more 

Join The Celebration    

Registration for the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference at The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel in Carolina, Puerto Rico February 5-8, 2009 has been a great success with 800 room nights already reserved! Because of the popularity of joining in this true celebration of the extraordinary success of the Leadership 100mission, we have reserved a limited number of additional rooms. Therefore, if you plan to attend, pleasecall the Leadership 100 office as soon as possible! read more

L100 To Meet Challenge To Continue Grants

The Leadership 100 Executive Committee, meeting in New York on October 24, acted in response to the financial crisis gripping the nation and its effect on the organization by temporarily suspending its grant program as required by its regulations in order to preserve the more than $50 million of contributions held inviolate in the Endowment Fund. The regulations (Article IX, A.1) stipulate that grants can be made only from a portion of the earnings from that Fund. All future grants will be made from the newly-formed Leadership 100 Grant Fund, to be headed by Charles H. Cotros, until such time as earnings from the Endowment Fund warrant a resumption of the distribution of funds for purposes of grants. read more

New Members Elected To Executive Committee/Board

The Executive Committee and Board of Trustees met at the Harvard Club in New York City October 24, 2008, to address the current financial crisis, review plans for the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference to take place February 5-8, 2009 in Puerto Rico, to assess progress in the 25th Anniversary National Campaign and to elect members to the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees. read more

50 New Members For 25th Anniversary

Leadership 100 members and prospects, 100 in all, celebrated at Kellari’s Parea in the Gramercy Park section of New York City on Friday, October 24, as eight new members joined the organization, putting the 25th Anniversary National Campaign at 50 new members, culminating in a series of membership recruitment meetings in Cleveland, Philadelphia and Boston. Peter J. Pappas, Membership Chairman for the Direct Archdiocesan District and co-owner of the restaurant with James, George and Peter Pantelidis, served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. read more

First L100 Regional Fellowship Event Initiated In Washington, DC

Timothy J. Maniatis, well-known member of Leadership 100 who has organized its conferences for more than a decade, organized a luncheon in the Plaza Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton-Washington as the first Leadership 100 Regional Fellowship gathering for the purpose of affording Leadership 100 members an opportunity to become better acquainted. read more

Karagines Fulfills for Hierarchs

Peter Karagines, a US Navy veteran of both World War II and Korea, who with his best friend built up the country’s largest operators of food catering trucks and vending machines in Southern California, has made an extraordinary gift to Leadership 100 by pledging to fulfill the memberships of both Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco and Bishop Athimos. Peter and his wife, Thelma, are fulfilled members and have belonged to Leadership 100 since 1996. He is an Archon “Maestro” of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and a recipient of the Patriarchal Cross and Medal of the Holy Sepulcher of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. read more

The Gift Of Giving

Leadership 100 members make their initial gifts, continue their payments and fulfill their pledges in a variety of ways, directly by check or credit card, through stock and even life insurance or, through investment vehicles that otherwise manage their money. A leading proponent of the last method is none other than the Leadership 100 Treasurer, George E. Safiol, who has established the George E. Safiol Foundation, a donor-advised fund, with Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund. read more

Vidaklakis Couple Honored

Cretan’s Association “Omonoia”, in celebration of its 90th anniversary, honored Dr. Nick and Nancy Vidalakis, members of Leadership 100, for their philanthropic and humanitarian work and in recognition of their contributions to the advancement of the Cretan and Hellenic cultures, at its annual dinner-dance on Saturday October 18, 2008 at the “Cretan House” in Astoria. read more

Milsap To Perform

Ronnie Milsap, who ranks as the pre-eminent country soul singer of his generation, will highlight the entertainment at the 25th Anniversary Celebration, February 5-8, 2009, at The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel in Carolina, Puerto Rico. read more 
 
Chimples Honored At Membership Event    
 
George C. Chimples, a Founding Member of Leadership 100, was honored September 26 in Cleveland at a luncheon for Leadership 100 Members and prospects in recognition of his long-time leadership and his 90th birthday, which he will celebrate on October 23. John  A. Payiavlas, National Membership Co-Chairmen and Chairman Emeritus, hosted the event, which he organized as a tribute to Chimples for his dedication to philanthropy and to the Greek Orthodox Church. read more 
      
Executive Committee/Board Of Trustees To Meet    
  
The Executive Committee and Board of Trustees will meet Friday, October 24 at the Harvard Club in New York City to review plans for the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference to take place February 5-8, 2009 in Puerto Rico, to assess progress in the 25th Anniversary National Campaign and to elect members to the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees.  read more

Leadership Regional Fellowship   

The Executive Committee of Leadership 100 has launched “Leadership Regional Fellowship” meetings in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Leadership 100, whose purpose it is to get members of Leadership 100 to get to know each other. The first event, under the Chairmanship of Tim Maniatis, well-known member of Leadership 100 who has organized its conferences for more than a decade, will be a luncheon to take place at 12:30 pm, October 15, 2008 in the Plaza Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton-Washington Hotel, 1150 22nd St., N.W., Washington DC. read more

Family Wellness Update   
 
The Metropolis of San Francisco Family Wellness Center continues to develop programming and ministries to serve the needs of the faithful thanks to a Leadership 100 grant. Programs now include a workshop entitled “Creating a Vision for Your Marriage”, aimed at engaged couples and newlyweds, which will be held in November at St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church in Pasadena, California, led by Michael Kallas, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a mental health advocacy group established at The Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, California, which sponsors monthly meetings and support groups.  read more

Tomaras Fulfills Gift to St. Iakovos Retreat Center    

Chris P. Tomaras, a member of Leadership 100 and well-known Chicago businessman, announced the fulfillment of a $1 million gift to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago's St. Iakovos Retreat Center at a challenge dinner on September 23, 2008. He was instrumental in the early stages of securing the property with two separate gifts of $100,000 each. He presented a check for an additional $800,000 at the dinner, after challenging the Retreat Center's Board of Directors to raise $400,000. A total of $1.2 million was required to pay off the $2.3 million mortgage for the purchase of the 137 acre property outside Kenosha, Wisconsin, about two hours north of Chicago.  read more 
 
Tzagournis Joins Investment Committe   
 
Adam M. Tzagournis of Dublin, Ohio, an investment banker and Chartered Financial Analyst, who has written a book predicting the current financial crisis, has joined the Investment Committee. He is a member of Leadership 100 and the son of members, Prof. Manuel A. and Madeline J. Tzagournis. Prof. Tzagournis is vice president emeritus for health services at Ohio State University Medical School where he has had a distinguished career as a professor, dean and administrator.  read more

Chairman Addresses Clery-Laity

Chairman Stephen G. Yeonas, in an address to the plenary session of the 39th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which concluded in Washington, D.C. July 18th, said clergy and laity “formed a bridge and this connection is critical to the strength and spiritual life of any church.” More than 1,400 faithful, clergy and laity, representing their parishes, their local Philoptochos and young adults from across the country heard the Chairman extol the clergy for building communities, bringing cohesiveness and coherence to Greek Americans in supporting their aspirations in America. read more >>

Campaign Chairmen Meet

Regional and Metropolis Chairmen of the 25th Anniversary Campaign met at Leadership 100 offices at the Olympic Tower in New York to plan events for the Metropolises of New York and New Jersey and to assist Paulette Poulos, Executive Director (Interim), in scheduling events across the nation over the remainder of 2008. Louis Nicozisis, Eastern Regional Chairman and Peter J. Pappas, Archdiocesan District Chairman met with John Catsimatidis, George Komodikis, Kostas Poulopoulos and George Tsandikos, Archdiocesan District Co-Chairmen, and Kassandra Romas and John Kusturiss, Metropolis of New Jersey Co-Chairmen. The following membership recruitment events have been scheduled: Thursday, September 18 – Philadelphia; Thursday, October 9, Boston; Thursday, October 23 – New York; Friday, October 31 – Cleveland; Thursday, November 13 – Chicago; and Thursday, November 20 - Las Vegas. read more >>

Home Mission Grant

Leadership 100 has supported the Home Mission Parish Program for a decade, with total funding of $1,060,200. In 2008, a grant of $105,000 was awarded to this critical program. Home Mission helps establish new Greek Orthodox parishes and helps support small Greek Orthodox parishes that are striving to become self-supporting parishes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. read more >>

Digital Archive For The 21st Century

Leadership 100 has committed support of a long-term project to digitize documents, photographs, resources and valuable collections of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America with a multi-year grant of $400,000 through 2009. read more >>

New Foundaton Formed

A new foundation has been established by Charles H. Cotros, Leadership 100 Executive Committee member, Thomas L. Demakes, Leadership 100 member and Harry J. Pappas of Houston, Texas, to raise and invest funds on behalf of Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology. read more >>

New Book By L100 Member

John Psarouthakis, a pioneering scientist-entrepreneur and member of Leadership 100, released a new book, Elisabeth’s Gift, in which he chronicles the story of his upbringing, after being orphaned. read more >>

Vassiliou Elected Anatolia Trustee

Argyris Vassiliou, a member of Leadership 100, has been elected to the Anatolia College Board of Trustees, following in the footsteps of his father-in-law, John Pappajohn, a member of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees for more than a decade, who has served on the board of the Thessaloniki, Greece-based school for some 20 years. read more >>

George P. Kokalis Eulogized at Phoenix Cathedral

George P. Kokalis, a Founding Member of Leadership 100 and its dynamic Chairman from 1996 to 2000, who died suddenly June 24, was eulogized in Holy Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, AZ June 29 by Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou, President of Hellenic College-Holy Cross School of Theology and Paulette Poulos, Executive Director (Interim) of Leadership 100 (Eulogy follows).  Kokalis died within weeks of a planned celebration of his 99th birthday on July 20. Archbishop Demetrios of America upon hearing of the news on June 25 said: “The death of George Kokalis is more than the passing of a pioneer of our Holy Archdioceses; it is the loss of a true faithful servant of the Church.” read more >> 

A Journey to Priesthood

In April, a group of seminarians who had benefited from the Leadership 100 Scholarship for Excellence established at Holy Cross School of Theology visited the Leadership 100 offices in the Olympic Tower in New York City. Each gave testimony to his calling. One, Fr. Panagiotis Hanley, moved us all. Here is his story: “The time I spent in the military was truly a blessing from God.” read more >>

Jaharis Gift to Hellenic College-Holy Cross

Mr. Michael Jaharis, a Founder of Leadership 100, who is the vice-chairman of the Archdiocesan Council, and his wife, Mary, a fulfilled member of Leadership 100, announced a gift of $5 million to Hellenic College-Holy Cross School of Theology, the largest in its history, as they were given honorary Doctorates of Humanities at the 66th Commencement Services on May 17. read more >>

L100 Members Support Camp Agape

Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas, Leadership 100 members from Rancho Santa Fe, California, hosted a fund-raising event last April in Los Angeles for Camp Agape, a summer camp facility for children with cancer supported by the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society and initiated by the late Metropolitan Anthony of the Metropolis of San Francisco. Paulette Poulos, Executive Director (Interim) of Leadership attended, hearing the families of children who attended the camp give personal testimony to their experiences. read more >>

L100 Couple Underwrite “Pops Goes Hellenic”

Leadership 100 members George and Caterina Sakellaris of Milton, MA underwrote a first-ever “Pops Goes Hellenic” fundraising concert at Symphony Hall in Boston, Saturday, June  7, to benefit St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church  in Braintree, MA, which opened its new 9,200-square-foot Byzantine-style church in March. The ”Pops Goes Hellenic” concert was the first time in North America that a world-class symphony orchestra performs an entirely Hellenic program. “It was a historic event,” said the Rev. Father Alkiviadis Calivas of St. Catherine’s. “It’s remarkable, unique and something that has never happened before.” read more >>

Peter J. Pappas Honored

Peter J. Pappas, long-time member of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees and Chairman of P.J. Companies, was honored in May by The Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his philanthropy and support of Greek and Cypriot causes, the Greek Orthodox Church in American and the Greek and Cypriot American community. read more >>

Karakas Gift to University of Missouri St. Louis

Nicholas Karakas, a member of Leadership 100, donated $1.5 million to The University of Missouri St. Louis to endow a chair in Byzantine and Orthodox Studies. UMSL Chancellor Tom George made the announcement during his annual report to the community at America's Center. “This generous gift from Mr. Karakas will allow the university to offer a comprehensive study of the history, culture, politics and individuals of the Byzantine Empire, one of the most powerful economic and cultural forces in Europe,” George said. read more >>

Drexel’s President Papadakis Receives William Penn Award

The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce honored Drexel University President and Leadership100 Member, Dr. Constantine Papadakis, with the 2007 William Penn Award before a packed crowd at a gala event on April 18. The gala had a Greek theme and featured a performance by Greek dancers honoring Papadakis’ Greek heritage. He was joined at the celebration by his wife Eliana and their daughter Maria. The William Penn Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a business executive in Greater Philadelphia. Awarded annually since 1949, recipients are chosen for their outstanding contributions toward the betterment of the region, their professional accomplishments, and their commitment to charity as well as to the community. read more >>

Gregory C. Pappas to Join X PRIZE Advisory Council

The X PRIZE Foundation, an educational nonprofit prize institute created to foster radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity, announced on May 28 that Gregory Pappas, L100 member and publisher of Greek America Magazine, has been invited to join the Foundation's Advisory Council. As an advisor, Pappas will consult with X PRIZE Foundation Chairman and CEO Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, a fellow Greek American, about the Foundation's focus areas: education, energy and environment, exploration, global entrepreneurship and life sciences. The Foundation has a goal of releasing ten new prizes over the next five years, with a combined prize purse amount of $300 million. read more >>

 L100 Award for Excellence   
 
George D. Behrakis, Chairman of Leadership 100, joined by Archbishop Demetrios of America, and Vice Chairman Stephen G. Yeonas presented the Archbishop 
Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to two of its most prominent and long-time members, Mr. Theodore P. Angelopoulos and Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, for their accomplishments in business, public service and philanthropy.  read more »

New Chairman Takes Office   
 
Stephen G. Yeonas of McLean, Virginia was inaugurated as the Chairman of Leadership 100 on February 16, 2008, at the Grand Banquet of the almost 25-year-
old national charitable organization, which concluded its 17th Annual Conference in Palm Desert, California. Yeonas succeeded George D. Behrakis of Lowell, Massachusetts, whom he characterized as “a dynamic and respected Chairman who, with boldness and vision, has brought us to the highest level of achievement in our history and enabled us to exceed our present goal and pave the way toward the commemoration of the 25th anniversary.”  read more »

New Officers/New Members of Executive Committee   
 
The Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, meeting at the 17th Annual Leadership 100 Conference in Palm Desert, California, February 13, elected Stephen G. 
Yeonas of McLean, Virginia as Chairman. Constantine G. Caras of Greenville, Delaware was elected Vice Chairman and George E. Safiol of Weston, Massachusetts was elected Treasurer. Mark D. Stavropoulos of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan remained as Secretary. read more »

L100 Exceeds 2007 Goal   

The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund has exceeded its goal for 2007, recruiting 68 new members for a total of 755. Fulfilled members also hit a record number of 344. “Reaching these benchmarks positions us for our 25th Anniversary goals - to reach 1,000 members, 500 fulfilled members, $100 million in endowment funds and annual grants of $5 million by 2009,” said George D. Behrakis, Chairman. read more »

Grant Commitments Near $3 Million   

The Leadership 100 Executive Committee approved additional grants of more than $1 million at its meeting, February 13, 2008, during the 17th Annual Conference in Palm Desert, California, increasing total grants for 2008 to $2.9 million. New grants, recommended by the Grant Committee Chairman, John Sitilides, were made primarily to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, including the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries ($150,000), Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations ($250,000 over two years), Department of Outreach and Evangelism for Home Mission Parishes ($105,000), Saint Basil Academy for “The Archpastorate of Archbishop Michael” ($69,300), Center for Family Care (conditional grant of $175,000), the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians ($80,000) and Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology “Leadership 100 Scholarship Fund” ($285,000) and Office of Vocation and Ministry ($50,000 a year for five years).  read more »

L100 Partners End First Year   

Leadership 100 Partners gathered for an end of the year Christmas party December 17 in the Atrium of the Olympic Tower, home to L100 offices, to celebrate reaching a goal of 52 members and to put out the message that the next generation must carry Orthodoxy and Hellenism forward in America. read more »

Grant for Wellness Center   
 
Leadership 100 awarded a $100,000 matching grant to launch a new Family Wellness Center in the Metropolis of San Francisco. The Center will encompass 
programs to strengthen marriages and families, provide youth development services, and will work to gain a clear understanding of the needs of the clergy and laity in the Metropolis. read more »

 

Chairman Charts Growth

Chairman George D. Behrakis illustrated to the General Assembly the dramatic growth of Leadership 100 over the 23 years since its inception. Using a power point presentation, the Chairman reported current membership of 722 to date with 50 new members, contributions of almost $50 million over that period, investment in the endowment rising to more than $63 million and total assets approaching $80 million... read more »

Kokalis at 98 and Still Counting

George P. Kokalis, Founding Member and former Chairman of Leadership 100, celebrated his 98th birthday on July 20, 2007. Looking forward to the 25th Anniversary of Leadership 100 in 2009, he is counting not his years but the new members to fill his prophetic vision for the organization he holds in his heart.... read more »

Grants

In an extraordinary session on Saturday, February 3, the final day of the Conference, the Executive Committee approved more than $2.5 million in new and continuing grants for 2007, with Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology receiving $1,472.935, the bulk of the funding for 2007 and out year commitments totaling more than $3 million... read more »

L100 Partners

L100 Partners, a new program for young professionals, was inaugurated at the General Assembly when the more than 150 delegates were introduced to new member Michael N. Bapis, who is spearheading the youth initiative. read more »

Prominent Attorney Joins L100 and Fulfills

Mr. Nicholas G. Manos, who served in London, England at the end of World War II as a legal officer for Admiral Hewitt, Commander of the Naval Forces in Europe, a trial lawyer in courts marshal proceedings and as the Admiral's courier to the Nuremburg trials and to the U.S. Naval Attaché in Greece, has joined Leadership 100 and fulfilled his pledge through a new law allowing distributions from certain IRAs... read more »

Kokalis Family Fulfills L100 Commitment

Leadership 100 Founding Member and past Chairman, George P. Kokalis, announced at a celebration of his 97th birthday on July 20, 2006, that, in addition to his fulfilled commitment and that of his wife, Stephanie, which names appear on the first and second plaques of fulfilled members, their son, Peter G. Kokalis, who has also fulfilled will have his name appear on the third plaque which is being produced... read more »

Nicholas J. Bouras Longtime L100 Member Receives Archon Award

New York, NY – Mr. Nicholas J. Bouras, World War II hero, industrialist, philanthropist and great churchman, who has been a member of Leadership 100 since its founding and a member of its Board of Trustees for more than a decade, received the 2006 Athenagoras Human Rights Award at the annual banquet of the Order of St. Andrew on October 21 at the New York Hilton... read more »

New Grants of $2.5 Million

In an extraordinary session on Saturday, February 3, the final day of the Conference, the Executive Committee approved more than $2.5 million in new and continuing grants for 2007, with Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology receiving $1,472.935, the bulk of the funding for 2007 and out year commitments totaling more than $3 million. read more »

 

George D. Behrakis, Chairman of Leadership 100, joined Metropolitan Iakovos and five of its six Founders, kicked off The 25th Anniversary Fund at a membership meeting and at the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees meetings, all gathered in Chicago from September 27 to 29... read more »

 

 

Milsap To Perform 

Ronnie Milsap, who ranks as the pre-eminent country soul singer of his generation, will highlight the entertainment at the 25th Anniversary Celebration, February 5-8, 2009, at The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel in Carolina, Puerto Rico. read more >> 
      
  
Chimples Honored At Membership Event    
 
George C. Chimples, a Founding Member of Leadership 100, was honored September 26 in Cleveland at a luncheon for Leadership 100 Members and prospects in recognition of his long-time leadership and his 90th birthday, which he will celebrate on October 23. John  A. Payiavlas, National Membership Co-Chairmen and Chairman Emeritus, hosted the event, which he organized as a tribute to Chimples for his dedication to philanthropy and to the Greek Orthodox Church. read more >>
 
    
  
Executive Committee/Board Of Trustees To Meet    

The Executive Committee and Board of Trustees will meet Friday, October 24 at the Harvard Club in New York City to review plans for the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference to take place February 5-8, 2009 in Puerto Rico, to assess progress in the 25th Anniversary National Campaign and to elect members to the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees.  read more >>

Leadership Regional Fellowship   

The Executive Committee of Leadership 100 has launched “Leadership Regional Fellowship” meetings in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Leadership 100, whose purpose it is to get members of Leadership 100 to get to know each other. The first event, under the Chairmanship of Tim Maniatis, well-known member of Leadership 100 who has organized its conferences for more than a decade, will be a luncheon to take place at 12:30 pm, October 15, 2008 in the Plaza Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton-Washington Hotel, 1150 22nd St., N.W., Washington DC. read more >>

Family Wellness Update   
 
The Metropolis of San Francisco Family Wellness Center continues to develop programming and ministries to serve the needs of the faithful thanks to a Leadership 100 grant. Programs now include a workshop entitled “Creating a Vision for Your Marriage”, aimed at engaged couples and newlyweds, which will be held in November at St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church in Pasadena, California, led by Michael Kallas, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a mental health advocacy group established at The Ascension Cathedral in Oakland, California, which sponsors monthly meetings and support groups.  read more >>
      
  
Tomaras Fulfills Gift to St. Iakovos Retreat Center    

Chris P. Tomaras, a member of Leadership 100 and well-known Chicago businessman, announced the fulfillment of a $1 million gift to the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago's St. Iakovos Retreat Center at a challenge dinner on September 23, 2008. He was instrumental in the early stages of securing the property with two separate gifts of $100,000 each. He presented a check for an additional $800,000 at the dinner, after challenging the Retreat Center's Board of Directors to raise $400,000. A total of $1.2 million was required to pay off the $2.3 million mortgage for the purchase of the 137 acre property outside Kenosha, Wisconsin, about two hours north of Chicago.  read more >>
 
Tzagournis Joins Investment Committe   
 
Adam M. Tzagournis of Dublin, Ohio, an investment banker and Chartered Financial Analyst, who has written a book predicting the current financial crisis, has joined the Investment Committee. He is a member of Leadership 100 and the son of members, Prof. Manuel A. and Madeline J. Tzagournis. Prof. Tzagournis is vice president emeritus for health services at Ohio State University Medical School where he has had a distinguished career as a professor, dean and administrator.  read more >>

Founders To Be Honored

Leadership 100’s Founding Members will be honored with the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence at the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference to be held at The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Carolina, Puerto Rico February 5 to 8, 2009. read more >>

25 New Members Join

The 25TH Anniversary Campaign has enrolled 25 new members as of August 31, 2008, symbolic of marking the organization’s 25th Anniversary in 2009. The campaign was formally organized into a 60-member National Membership Committee co-chaired by John A. Payiavlas, former L100 Chairman and Constantine G. Caras, the current Vice Chairman, just this summer.  read more >>

Payiavlas First Life-Time Chairmain Emeritus

John A. Payiavlas, former Chairman of Leadership 100 and current National Membership Committee Co-Chairman, was designated the first Chairman Emeritus to serve as a Life-Time Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, along with Life-Time Founding Members. read more >>

Legendary Lawyer to Address Conference

Plato Cacheris, one of the nation’s preeminent criminal defense lawyers and a member of Leadership 100, will address the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference at The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel, Carolina, Puerto Rico, February 5 to 8, 2008. read more >>

Leading Educator To Address Conference

Constantine Papadakis, President of Drexel University and a member of Leadership 100, will address the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference at The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel in Carolina, Puerto Rico February 5 to 8, 2008. read more >>

Deborah Norville to Speak at Conference

Deborah Norville, broadcast journalist and author, will address a special Saturday Spouses’ Program at the Leadership 100 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference, February 7, 2009 at The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel in Carolina, Puerto Rico. A two-time Emmy Award winner, Norville has hosted Inside Edition for more than a decade. read more >>

Tsandikos Fulfills Pledge

George Solon Tsandikos of Greenwich, Connecticut, a member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Audit Committee, fulfilled his Leadership 100 pledge. Tsandikos was elected to the Board in 2007 to fill the vacancy created by the death of Harry Magafan. read more >>

Gialamas to be Honored

Registration for the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference at The Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel in Carolina, Puerto Rico February 5-8, 2009 has been a great success with 800 room nights already reserved! Because of the popularity of joining in this true celebration of the extraordinary success of the Leadership 100 mission, we have reserved a limited number of additional rooms. Therefore, if you plan to attend, please call the Leadership 100 office as soon as possible! read more 

Fulfilled Membership Plaques Erected   

The third Leadership 100 fulfilled membership plaque was erected at the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA. read more

Panhellenic Scholarships Awarded    
 
The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation awarded 25 of Greek America's "best and brightest" students a total of $250,000 in scholarship grants at an Awards Gala on November 15. Recipients received a Certificate and a check for $10,000 towards their higher education from the Foundation. read more 

Louis Apostol Appointed     

Louis G. Apostol, a long-time member of Leadership 100 and formerly Commissioner to the Illinois Court of Claims, has been appointed Executive Director to the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board with offices in Chicago, Des Plaines and Springfield, Illinois. He will oversee and direct all residential, commercial, industrial and farmland property tax appeals in the State of Illinois. read more 

Drexel Exhibition

An exhibition at Drexel University in Philadelphia that tells the story of the American response to Greece’s heroic role during World War II, Defenders of Democracy: The American Response to Greece’s role in World War II, features a collection of photographs, memorabilia, ephemera, newspapers, magazines and other items, primarily from the private collection of Greek America magazine publisher Gregory C. Pappas, a member of Leadership 100. read more 

 

Thomas L. Demakes of Swampscott, MA was named National Membership Chairman of Leadership 100 by Stephen G. Yeonas, Chairman. He will organize a nationwide membership committee in order to recruit 50 new members in 2009. Leadership 100 recruited 64 new members in 2008 and the membership now stands at 813.

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The Board of Trustees of Leadership 100, meeting at the 25th Anniversary Celebration Conference, elected Kassandra L. Romas of Short Hills, NJ as Secretary, the first woman to be named an officer of the organization.  She is the Managing Director of Bouras Properties, LLC of Summit, NJ. read more

 

Constantine G. Caras, Leadership 100 Chairman, presented His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios with a check for $500,000 for Holy Cross Scholarships at the Board of Trustees meeting September 10, 2010 in New York. The amount represented the second installment of a $1 million grant approved for 2010 by the Executive Committee at its meeting during the 19th Annual Leadership 100 Conference last February. At that time, the Committee committed to the extension of the scholarship program for seminarians preparing for the Priesthood at Holy Cross School of Theology in the amount of $1 million a year through 2018, re-designating the program “Leadership 100 Scholars” and setting new criteria for the granting of the scholarships recommended by a special committee headed by Charles H. Cotros, Leadership 100 Vice Chairman. read more

Manatos Family Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The Manatos family recently celebrated three important milestones, including the 100th anniversary of the arrival of their family in the United States. The celebration was covered by US News & World Report, Politico, The Hill, Roll Call and NBC Washington. The celebration marked the arrival of Nick A. Manatos 100 years ago (on July 27, 1910) at Ellis Island from Crete, Greece, as well as the 75th anniversary of the arrival of Mike N. Manatos in Washington, DC, where he served as the Senate liaison to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and began the family's uninterrupted work on US public policy development from the public and private sector, and the 20th anniversary of Mike A. Manatos joining the firm of Manatos & Manatos. read more

Rumpakis Supports Creation of Hellenic Studies Program

E. John Rumpakis, a member of Leadership 100 and prominent businessman, helped establish the Hellenic Studies Program at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. A long-standing supporter of the school, he donated $250,000 to initiate the program last July. The mission of the new program is to strengthen the relationship between the Portland region “and the people, culture and businesses of Greece and the Greek Diaspora” with classes in language, history, culture and current affairs and internships, study abroad opportunities, lectures and performances by visiting scholars, authors and artists. read more

Harry Wilson Joins Leadership 100

Harry Wilson, a prominent business analyst and investment advisor, who is the son and grandson of Greek immigrants, has joined Leadership 100. Born and raised in Johnstown, New York,and a graduate of both Harvard University and Harvard Business School, his career of assessing institutional investors and fund managers involved stints at Goldman Sachs, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and The Blackstone Group. He was the 2010 Republican candidate for New York State Comptroller. read more

 

 

 

Charles H. Cotros of Memphis, Tennessee, was inaugurated as the Chairman of Leadership 100 on February 11, 2012 at the Grand Banquet of the 21st Annual Leadership 100 Conference at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach in Manalapan, Florida. He served as Vice Chairman for the past two years under Constantine G. Caras, of Greenville, Delaware, whose term was completed as Chairman but who remains a member of the Executive Committee.  read more

Grants Reach Record Level

The Executive Committee approved new grants for 2012 totaling $686,250. With the action, grant distributions for 2012 will total $1,742,850, and grant distributionssince the inception of Leadership 100 will reach $33,025,686, a record level. read more

Gus P. Karos Bequest

Gus P. Karos, of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, one of McDonald’s Owner/Operator early pioneers, who died at the age of 87 in May of 2011, bequeathed $500,000 to Leadership 100, which was among numerous charitable beneficiaries of his will. The Karos family, including his brother, Nicholas, also a member of Leadership 100 and nieces Meloney Herrick, Margo Karos and Paige Navratil carry on the tradition as Owner/Operators of McDonald’s in the Ohio region. Gus and Nicholas Karos joined Leadership 100 in 1985, just one year after its founding. read more

Paulette Hios Bequest

Paulette Hios, a master musician who founded and operated Belanthi Gallery and was Choir Director at SS. Constantine and Helen Cathedral, for over four decades, both in Brooklyn, New York, bequeathed $100,000 to Leadership 100. She took the action upon learning of the organization’s mission from Paulette Poulos, her first cousin, Executive Director of Leadership 100. Subsequent to her untimely death at age 68, she was enrolled posthumously as a member of Leadership 100. read more

Peter J. Pappas Honored With Hellenic Heritage Award

Peter J. Pappas, Chairman of the Board of P.J.M. Holding Group, and a member of the Leadership 100 Executive Committee, was presented with the Hellenic Heritage Award, by Three Hierarchs Greek Orthodox Church of Brooklyn, New York on January 30th. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the Consul General of Greece, George Eliopoulos, and the Consul General of Cyprus, Koula Sophianou, joined the Very Rev. Archimandrite Eugene N. Pappas, Pastor of Three Hierarchs, for the presentation. The Award, given to prominent Greek American leaders for promoting Hellenism, was initiated in 2003. read more

Thanasi C. Liakos Inducted Into Hall of Fame

Thanasi C. Liakos, a member of Leadership 100 with his wife, Stephanie, was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, New Hampshire on March 14, at the 2012 Youth of the Year Dinner and Inaugural Hall of Fame Ceremony. read more

Leadership 100 Partners Celebrate Growth

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The New Generation of Leaders

L100 Partners Inaugurated

L100 Partners On The Move

 

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