L100 in Action - Issue #4 (Summer 2019)
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Summer 2019| Issue #4

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Chairman of Leadership 100, Argyris Vassiliou, and Executive Director Paulette Poulos confer with Archbishop Elpidophoros at Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Photo by Dimitrios Panagos.

Leadership 100 Chairman and Executive Director Meet with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros

Argyris Vassiliou, Chairman, and Paulette Poulos, Executive Director, of Leadership 100, held their first formal meeting with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese on July 22, 2019. Both had earlier participated in his Enthronement.

In a wide-ranging discussion on the role of Leadership 100 in support of the National Ministries of the Archdiocese, His Eminence presented innovative ideas on Leadership 100 grants in accordance with his priorities. Vassiliou characterized the meeting as pleasant and constructive and said he appreciated the insights of His Eminence.

During the Enthronement Luncheon at the New York Hilton Midtown, Vassiliou had stated that Leadership 100 looked to the Archbishop “for the great opportunity to renew our Church and to reaffirm our faith in meeting the many challenges ahead.” He also stated that “the history of Leadership 100 is intertwined with the Church and its unique history in our nation. We look forward to offering you our continued support as we work for the benefit of our Archdiocese and its ministries and institutions in the years to come.”

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Leadership 100 News

Michael Kratsios.


Michael Kratsios, United States Chief Technology Officer, to be Keynote Speaker at Leadership 100 Conference

Michael Kratsios, United States Chief Technology Officer, will be keynote speaker at the 29th Annual Leadership 100 Conference scheduled to convene February 20-23, 2020, at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, according to Argyris Vassiliou, Leadership 100 Chairman.

Kratsios, who has served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy since March 2017, was confirmed by unanimous voice vote by the U.S. Senate on August 1, 2019.

During the confirmation hearing held the prior week, Kratsios expressed an intention to continue with the kind of work he’s been doing for the past two-and-a-half years. “From the start, I united OSTP around a clear mission: ensure continued American leadership in emerging technologies,” he said.

“Our goals are bipartisan. We all want American innovation, built by American workers and underpinned by American values, to lead the world, increasing our prosperity, enhancing our security and raising our quality of life in the process,” something he said that as U.S. CTO, he “can ultimately chart the path to accomplish this.”

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Jim Logothetis. Photo: Ernst & Young.

Jim Logothetis Appointed American College of Greece Board of Trustees Chair

The American College of Greece (ACG) announced on July 24, 2019 the appointment of Demetrios (Jim) G. Logothetis as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Logothetis joined the ACG Board in 2014, serving as Vice-Chair prior to his appointment as Chair, effective July 1, 2019.

Logothetis is Vice Chairman of Leadership 100 and Chairman of its Audit Committee. The American College of Greece is also a member of Leadership 100. Logothetis retired from the multinational professional services firm, Ernst & Young on June 30, 2019. During his distinguished 40-year EY career, he held several leadership roles, from offices in Chicago, Frankfurt Germany, New York, London and Atlanta and was Lead Partner for some of the firm’s most prestigious clients, including several Fortune 250 companies (e.g. The Coca-Cola Company, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Whirlpool Corporation).

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George Marcus awarded Honorary Doctorate at Deree Commencement.

George Marcus Honored at Deree Commencement Ceremony

George M. Marcus, the distinguished business leader and philanthropist who founded GM Marcus & Company in 1971, which later became Marcus and Millichap Company, as well as Essex Property Trust, Greater Bay Bancorp and Plaza Bank of Commerce, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Deree of the American College of Greece (ACG), at its commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Marcus is a longtime member of Leadership 100, having served for may years on its Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. The American College of Greece is also a member of Leadership 100.

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Michael and Robin Psaros.

Michael Psaros Honored by AHEPA with Socrates Award

The American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), bestowed its highest honor, the Socrates Award, on Michael Psaros, co-founder and managing partner of KPS Capital Partners, LP, and Philip, and a prominent member of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees. The event took place at AHEPA’s 97th Grand Banquet of the Annual Supreme Convention on Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago. Michael Psaros couldn’t accept the Award in person due to previous commitments, but he communicated with the thousands of the banquet guests via a video message.

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America was the main speaker at the banquet, and Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago was also present. It was the Archbishop’s first official visit to the Metropolis of Chicago and his first appearance before the AHEPA family.

The Grand Banquet serves to honor excellence in the community and salutes dedication and service to the Order. The Socrates Award recipients are recognized for their fulfillment of the American Dream and for their unwavering support for Hellenism and Orthodoxy.

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John Zavitsanos.

John Zavitsanos named recipient of Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle has announced that John Zavitsanos, Archon Ekdikos, has been nominated to receive the 2019 Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship. Archon Zavitsanos is a member of the Order's governing body, the National Council, and assumed leadership of the Exarch's Appeal in 2014. A special tribute dinner dance will be held at the Metropolitan Club, Friday evening, October 18, as part of the Order's annual three-day assembly, October 18-20, 2019 in New York City.

Archon George Safiol, Award Committee chairman, said, "Archon Zavitsanos has exemplified tremendous stewardship of time, talent and resources in support of the Mother Church of Constantinople, the Orthodox Christian Church throughout the United States, and to the mission of the Order of Saint Andrew in which all children of God should be granted religious freedom as a fundamental, inalienable human right. With the blessings of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, the National Council deemed it most appropriate to recognize his efforts and name him as the recipient of this prestigious Award in recognition of the extraordinary service exemplified by National Vice Commander Bouras of blessed memory."

Zavitsanos, who is a member of Leadership 100, was invested an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 2004. In 2007, he was elected to the National Council. Since then, he has worked to help enact efficiencies and updates in Archon administration and policies.

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(L to R) Mike Manatos, member of the Leadership 100 Executive Committee, New York State Assemblywoman and candidate for the US Congress Nicole Malliotakis, Andy Manatos, Pancretan Association of America President Eleftherios Dramitinos, former PAA President Manny Velivasakis. Photo Manatos & Manatos.

Pancretans Honor Andy Manatos with Venizelon Award

Andy Manatos, a longtime member of Leadership 100, was honored with the Venizelon Award at the national convention of the Pancretan Association of America on July 2, 2019 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The Venizelon Award “is given to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary values, outstanding achievements and valuable contributions in the fields of government, politics, diplomacy or civil service and who through his/her words and deeds, is considered a friend of Greece and its people.”

Previous recipients of this award have included former Prime Minister of Greece Constantine Mitsotakis, former President of Greece Karolos Papoulias, former Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis, and former Governor of Massachusetts and nominee for President of the United States Michael Dukakis.

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