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.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
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 and Chief Executive Officer, Dyros, 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.
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.
John P. Calamos, Sr. – Chairman
Founder, Chairman, and Global Chief Investment Officer, Calamos InvestmentsJohn P. Calamos, Sr. is Chairman and Global CIO of Calamos Investments, a firm he founded in 1977. With origins as an institutional convertible bond manager, the firm has grown into a global asset management firm. Mr. Calamos has established research and investment processes centered around a team-based approach designed to deliver superior risk-adjusted performance over full market cycles. With 46 years of industry experience, Mr. Calamos is often quoted as an authority on risk-managed investment strategies, markets and the economy, and he has authored two books on convertible securities. Mr. Calamos received his B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He joined the United States Air Force after graduation where he served as a combat pilot during the Vietnam War and ultimately earned the rank of Major.
Peter Parthenis- Vice Chairman
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.
Aristotle P. Halikias- Vice Chairman
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.
Konstantinos Armiros- Vice Chairman and Secretary
Dino Armiros serves as Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of the National Hellenic Museum and as Secretary of the organization. He has been involved with the Museum since 1993 in various capacities including serving as President between 1999 and 2003. During that time, he has seen the Museum flourish from loft space originally made available by the generosity of its board members though two temporary homes and now in its current location, a stunning 40,000 square foot modernist building, literally in the heart of Chicago’s Greektown. The Museum is a source of unending pride for Dino both as a Trustee and as a Greek American. Dino was born in Greece and emigrated to the United States in 1955 with his family. He grew up in Milwaukee, upstairs from his parents’ 19 seat diner, attended the University of Wisconsin and then Boston University Law School. He has been practicing law in Chicago since the late 1970s and currently is counsel at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, a 400 lawyer business law firm with 16 offices throughout the Midwest, Northeast and Southeastern United States. He serves as the Chicago lead for the Firm’s Emerging Companies practice and represents a number of middle market businesses, institutional lenders, tech start-ups and various other business enterprises. He has extensive experience representing arts and media clients, and has been actively supporting Chicago’s arts community throughout his career. He has been married to Linda for over 28 years and they have two children, Zoe, age 26 and William, age 24.
Bill J. Vranas-Treasurer
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.
Chief of StaffYanni Sianis is currently the Chief of Staff at Calamos Investments. Prior to this position, Yanni served as Vice President of Global Business Development and was responsible for managing both domestic and international relationships for the private and institutional channels, as well as developing strategies for new business development for Calamos Wealth Management and Calamos Investments as a whole. He joined the firm in 2010 and has 15 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the firm, Yanni was a senior derivatives broker and trader at LaSalle Global. He previously served as Vice President of Business Development and Director of the GCC (Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf) and the Middle East at America 2030 Equity, a private equity firm outside of Chicago. Yanni earned a B.A. from Boston University, an M.A. in Psychology from National Louis University and is currently pursuing an AMP from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
Frank S. Kamberos†
The National Hellenic Museum mourns the passing of Frank S. Kamberos. Mr. Kamberos, who has served on NHM’s Board of Trustees since 2005, financed the construction of the National Hellenic Museum’s Frank S. Kamberos Oral History Center. A cornerstone of the Museum’s work to preserve and share the Greek American story, the Frank S. Kamberos Oral History Center has grown in the past fifteen years to become the largest depository of Greek American oral histories in the world and an important resource for scholars, genealogists, and the public. We invite you to listen to Mr. Kamberos’s own oral history here to learn more about the life of this fascinating and generous man--and to see for yourself the incredible value of oral histories in preserving the past. Αἰωνία ἡ μνήμη! May his memory be eternal!