2016 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Aristotle P. Halikias
Chairman of the Board, Republic Bank, President, Inter Continental Real Estate & DevelopmentAristotle P. Halikias served as Chairman of the National Hellenic Museum Board of Trustees from 2005-2011, overseeing the successful completion of the new Museum building construction. Mr. Halikias is also Chairman of the Board of Republic Bank of Chicago which focuses on community and commercial lending, and real estate financing. He is also President of Inter Continental Real Estate & Development Corporation (ICD), an international full-service real estate development company with holdings in Chicago, Toronto, and Athens. In addition to his other responsibilities, Mr. Halikias is Executive Director of the Halikias Family Foundation and for the last 22 years has served as the Honorary Consul General for The Republic of Iceland – Chicago Office that serves the Midwest area, through the Embassy of Iceland in Washington, D.C.
Frank S. Kamberos
Co-founder, Treasure Island Foods, Chairman, Greek Star NewspaperFrank S. Kamberos, a native of Chicago, attended Illinois Institute of Technology and served in US Air Corps during WWII in England, France, and Germany. In 1962, Mr. Kamberos along with his brothers, Chris and George, founded Treasure Island Foods, Inc. A leader in the community, Mr. Kamberos is active in many organizations: United Hellenic American Congress (UHAC), Leadership 100, Hellenic Foundation, and others. Mr. Kamberos has served on the Board of Directors of the National Hellenic Museum since 2005. He financed the construction of the Frank S. Kamberos Oral History Center, a digital recording and playback module that houses the stories of the Greek immigrant experience in the US.
Dr. George J. Korkos
President, Plastic Surgery Associates, Rejuva Skin Care & Laser CenterDr. George J. Korkos serves as the President of both Plastic Surgery Associates and Rejuva Skin Care & Laser Center, and serves as Associate Clinical Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He is Co-founder and former Contact Director and Investor of the Milwaukee Bucks Expansion Basketball Team. He has been Chairman and Member of Business Advisory Board at Sleep Holdings, Inc. since September 2007. Dr. Korkos is a Director at Fibrocell Science, Inc. since July 2010, and serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Skinvisible Inc. He has served as scientific Advisory Board Member of Cellgen Company, Sleep Holding Company, and Skin Visible Company. He is and has been a member of numerous prestigious medical societies, is an experienced academic lecturer and author and has presented on a variety of plastic and reconstructive surgery topics at meetings of regional and national medical associations. During his career, Dr. Korkos has earned a number of humanitarian awards, including the Outstanding Distinguished Alumnus Award for the Medical College of Wisconsin. He was also honored with the prestigious Hellene Award and the Ellis Island Award in New York.
Laura Calamos Nasir
Currently serving as Chief Administrative Officer at Calamos Investments, Dr. Calamos Nasir is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and has served as Chair and Member of various academic, corporate, non-profit and advisory boards, domestically and internationally. Dr. Calamos Nasir earned her Ph.D. from the University of King’s College London, England, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Author of numerous publications, she has developed professional and community lecture series as well as professional educational programs. An esteemed conference speaker across North America, Africa and Europe, she is internationally recognized for teaching advanced communication skills, change management and leadership and has been a professor on faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2003. Internationally, she has served on faculty at universities in the UK and Switzerland and has had extensive experience of working with communities, clinicians and leaders across the globe. Dr. Calamos Nasir’s background in individual and organizational behavior change guides her focus upon managing knowledge exchange within complex adaptive systems. She continues to work with multi-disciplinary groups to develop meaningful processes in the co-creation of shared, continuous learning cultures, at work and in the community.
Founder, Chairman of the Board, Grecian Delight Foods, Inc.Peter is the founder and Chairman of Pure Mediterranean Foods and Grecian Delight Foods. Over the course of his illustrious career, Peter has not only built successful companies, he has helped drive the burgeoning consumer demand for Mediterranean Foods in the United States. His influence is no better exemplified then in his position to introduce and popularize gyros over the course of the past 40-plus years. Outside of his professional life, Peter has been actively involved in numerous philanthropic, civic, and religious organizations. He is co-founder and a major contributor to the Foundation of Hellenic Studies, which has endowed a chair of Greek Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is Executive Vice President of the National Hellenic Museum, as well as a member of its Board of Trustees. From 1997 to 1999, Peter was National President of the Scleroderma Foundation. He has also served as a Board Member of the United Hellenic American Congress and as a member of the Board for the Elgin Academy. In 2005, Peter was awarded with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He was appointed an Archon of the Order of St. Andrew the Apostle by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 2007. Peter and his wife Ethel live in the Chicagoland area and are surrounded by their loving children Stacy, Tina, and Peter Jr., along with their spouses and seven grandchildren.
Bill J. Vranas
Partner, Vranas & Vlahos Accountants, Partner, Comptroller, Treasurer, Vranas & Chioros Realty Group, Inc., Ltd.Bill J. Vranas is an Accountant and Real Estate Broker for more than 30 years. Mr. Vranas is an active member in the community. In the past, he has been President of Hellenic Foundation/Hollywood House, President of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago, President of the NHM, General Chairman of the Hellenic Parade, General Chairman of AHEPA District Convention, Vice President AHEPA Woodlawn Chapter #93, and Member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He is still an active member in the organizations listed above as well as President and Board of Director of St. Iakovos Retreat Center, Chairman of IOCC Chicago Metropolitan Committee, Treasurer and Board of Director of Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and St. Paul Medal Recipient.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Paul Athens graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison with a Political Science degree in 1986. Since 1950, his family owned Metron Steel. When Andrew Athens and Thomas Athens sold the company in 1991, it was worth $125 million and had 120 employees. Paul Athens then started up Alpha Steel that brought in revenues of $75 million and had 80 employees. When Alpha Steel was sold in 2005 to Macsteel, a privately held $2 billion steel company, he served as President. The Midwest division brought in $250 million in revenue and had 175 employees. It was sold in 2012 to Kloeckner, a publically traded steel conglomerate. In 2012, he joined Service Steel Warehouse at EVP, a $175 million company with 120 employees. Currently, he acts as President and CEO of Alpha Building Corporation, a real estate holding company with industrial building assets. Paul Athens has been married to Kellee Athens since 1990. They live in Burr Ridge and have three 3 children, Andrew (23), Alexa (21), and JP (16). They also have two twin grandchildren, Seamus and Paul, 3 years old.
Dr. George Bovis
Medical Director for the Illinois Gamma Knife CenterDr. George Bovis started his distinguished medical career at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After earning his MD degree, Dr. Bovis received his neurosurgical training at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he completed six years of intensive training. He then pursued more advanced training by completing a fellowship program in cerebrovascular neurosurgery at the Mayfield Clinic in Cincinnati, Ohio, which is one of the finest neurosurgical training programs in the United States. Dr. Bovis is known throughout the United States for his passionate belief in the effectiveness of non-invasive surgery utilizing a powerful technology called the Gamma Knife. He has treated hundreds of patients with brain tumors using the leading-edge Gamma Knife technology. Due to Dr. Bovis’ expertise and national standing, he was appointed Medical Director for the Illinois Gamma Knife Center at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Illinois and in 2012 was named ‘Hellene of the Year’ by the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois.
William G. Conopeotis
President, ConopCo.Founding ConopCo in 1999, Bill’s experience in real estate development and construction since 1981 encompasses over 11.5 million square feet in both the private and public sectors. Bill has been involved with over 5.4 million square feet of interior project management and over 7 million square feet of Build-to-Suit and Base Building Projects. His experience includes projects in the following sectors: commercial office, manufacturing, industrial, hospitality, transportation, fitness, residential, retail, health care, public, institutional, and infrastructure. Bill remains closely involved with his alma mater and is an active member of the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Alumni Control Board, and provides valuable leadership as a member of the Fraternity Alumni Control Board of the school’s Delta Sigma Phi chapter. In 1988 he lead a national team of 25 selected Greek-Americans from all parts of America to Kenya, Africa, whose mission was to build a 1500 square foot medical clinic — by hand, brick by brick. Bill insists that “giving-back” be an integral part of ConopCo’s activities — and the activities of his family.
Alex A. Gianaras
President, Transformers Manufacturers, Inc.Alex A. Gianaras is President of Transformer Manufacturers, Inc. Mr. Gianaras “grew up” in the transformer business, working closely with his father and gaining over 20 years of experience. Under Mr. Gianaras’ charge, the company has continued to expand its product lines to meet today’s demanding quality and delivery standards. Until the early 1970’s TMI focused on the radio and television industry, which was concentrated in Chicago. As the industry changed, TMI reacted quickly and today supplies transformers, chokes, and toroids for products in various industries. His experience is vital in the progress of our new facility. Mr. Gianaras is Chairman of the Board of St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, Chicago, IL. He is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Mr. Gianaras’ father was an early supporter of the Museum, contributing annually to help sustain the exhibition and programs.
President, Transformers Manufacturers, Inc.Kenneth Kondraros is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dyros, Inc., a leading wireless construction contracting company serving the telecommunications infrastructure industry. He’s a Chicago native and a graduate of DePaul University, with a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting. He also holds a Master Electrical License and is a proud member of the IBEW, NECA and National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE). His licensure allows him to provide electric design and construction permitting in numerous states throughout the country. Dyros builds and maintains telecom installations on all types of cellular towers, for all major US telecom companies throughout the United States.
John S. Koudounis
Chief Executive Officer, Calamos InvestmentsJohn Koudounis joined Calamos Investments as Chief Executive Officer in 2016. His principal duties include overseeing the firm’s day-to-day operations, fiscal function and overall performance. His responsibilities include managing operations, leading business and corporate development, and directing strategic growth initiatives. Mr. Koudounis has 28 years of financial services experience including executive leadership in the global securities business and a deep background in global capital markets. Most recently, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mizuho Securities USA, Inc. (MSUSA), a subsidiary of Mizuho Financial Group, one of the world’s largest full-service financial institutions. Mr. Koudounis is a public speaker and appears frequently on financial news programs including CNN, Fox Business, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and others. He is a member of the Leadership Council at Concordia and the Bretton Woods Committee. He received his B.A. in International Diplomacy, Foreign Affairs and Economics from Brown University.
C. Dean Metropoulos
Mr. Metropoulos is an internationally known investor and deal maker. Concentrating in the food industry, Mr. Metropoulos has enjoyed unrivalled of success buying well known consumer brands turning them around and adding tremendous value. His successes have included household names such as Chef Boyardee, Duncan Hines, Bumblebee Tuna and Vlasic Pickles. Several years ago his Company acquired Pabst Brewing and has overseen spectacular growth in that Company’s sales. Most recently, he was part of the group that acquired Hostess Brands. Mr. Metropoulos lives in Connecticut but is a frequent traveler to the Midwest and is well familiar with the Museum and eager to support its mission.
Georgia Stathis received a B.S. from Northwestern University in Communications and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. A licensed California realtor, she is bi-coastal, living in both the San Francisco and Tampa Bay Area. An international lecturer, she travels lecturing on the relationships between planetary cycles and their effects on business and financial cycles. A professional business astrologer for 45 years while working in the investment field, she is the head of the Stathis Family Partnerships. Author of “Business Astrology 101” and her upcoming book, “Pushing through Time”, she contributes to many trade publications while being a faculty member for Kepler College and Mayo School in London. She is the chair of the newly formed Alexandria iBase Library Project, a 501(c)(3) Educational Non-Profit Digital Library for preserving esoteric materials, started by her company and the Urania Trust of London. Georgia Stathis is the daughter of Mary and Gus Stathis, the donors who gave the library to the National Hellenic Museum. She has two children, Alexandra and Constantine Nunes.
George Tsetsekos is dean emeritus and the Francis Professor of Finance at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. He served as dean of LeBow (2002-2012) and under his transformative leadership the College achieved important quality milestones including recognition by BusinessWeek, Entrepreneur-Princeton Review, Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report. In addition, during his deanship, LeBow commenced an ambitious capital campaign program that allowed for the completion of two business school buildings (total 225,000 square feet), naming of four new centers of excellence, the establishment of new endowed professorships and the launching of more than 30 student scholarships. Prior to his appointment as dean, he served as Drexel’s vice provost and vice president for academic administration and worked on the strategic merger between Drexel and MCP Hahnemann University. Tsetsekos has served on the advisory boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Penjerdel Council, the Pennsylvania Economic League, the Conference Board, the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia, the Global Interdependence Center and other organizations. He holds a Ph.D. in finance (1986) from the University of Tennessee, an MBA in finance from Wright State University and a B.Sc./M.Sc. in electrical and mechanical engineering from the University of Athens, Greece.