Co-Founder, President, CEO, Metron Steel, National Chairman and Founder, United Hellenic American Congress (UHAC), President and Founder, Hellenicare, Honorary and Founding President, World Council of Hellenes (SAE)
Andrew A. Athens is a man who has not only achieved business success, but has also distinguished himself through his lifelong commitment to charitable causes and the alleviation of human suffering. He has received numerous awards and honors, each recognizing his outstanding service to his faith, his Hellenic heritage,public affairs, and philanthropy. In 1950, Mr. Athens co-founded Metron Steel Corporation and served as its President and CEO from 1950 through 1991. In 1974, after the invasion of Cyprus, he founded the United Hellenic American Congress (UHAC) to advocate for human rights and religion freedom for all Hellenes living in the Diaspora. Under his leadership, diplomatic relations between Greece, Cyprus, and the United States have been strengthened, Hellenic culture has flourished, and human rights violations have been addressed. In 1995, Mr. Athens became the founding President of the World Council of Hellenes (SAE) and served as World President until 2006. Mr. Athens has supported the Museum from its inception, helping to secure the property for the Museum’s new building with the assistance of The Honorable Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago and the City of Chicago.