Leadership 100 Conference a Great Success (video)

Outgoing Chairman George S. Tsandikos, right, passes the Torch of Leadership to new Chairman, Argyris Vassiliou, center, in the presence of Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit

More than 500 esteemed members of Greek diaspora attended the 27th Annual Leadership 100 Conference that took place in Key Biscayne, February 1-4.

Leadership 100, is a non profit organization whose mission is to promote Orthodoxy and Hellenism in the US and abroad.

The prominent organization installed Argyris “RJ” Vassiliou of Stamford, Connecticut, a business executive and engineer, as its new Chairman.

Argyris and Ann Vassiliou with their son, Nicholas, and daughter, Alexandra.

Past Chairman George S. Tsandikos passed the Torch of Leadership to Vassiliou, thanking Leadership 100 members for their support during his tenure.

Speaking exclusively to Greek Reporter, Tsandikos said that he is certain that his successor will be hugely successful: “He is incredibly able, intelligent, gifted…I know the leadership of L100 is bright and hopeful.”

Also speaking to Greek Reporter, Vassiliou said that he was “humbled” by the honor, but also “excited to lead this group of outstanding leaders.”

Vassiliou is the President of two family-owned businesses, Acme Pallet Company, Inc., in New York and Di-Cor Industries, Inc., a specialty structural steel fabrication company, located in Bristol, Connecticut.

The conference featured a keynote address by Admiral James Stavridis, formerly Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and currently Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

George S. Tsandikos, far right, Metropolitan Nicholas and Michael G. Psaros, second from left, present Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to Admiral James Stavridis.

Other speakers included , Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and current President of American University and John P. Angelos, Executive Vice President of the Baltimore Orioles and President and Chief Operating Officer of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).

Leadership 100 Fund

In 1984, under the guidance of Archbishop Iakovos, The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Fund was created as an endowment fund of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to provide an opportunity for Greek Orthodox leaders to support the life-sustaining ministries of the Church.

Since its inception, Leadership 100 has distributed more than $48 million in grants that have ranged from providing scholarship funds for individuals studying for the priesthood at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology to supporting a variety of National Ministries.

Today, with more than 1,000 members, Leadership 100 is a philanthropic driving force within the Church, the Greek American Community, and in the nation and the world that transforms institutions and lives.

In the following video, Theodore Zampetis, George Tsandikos, Argyris Vassiliou, Paulette Poulos, Drake Behrakis, John Calamos and James Pantelidis talk to the Greek Reporter about the future of Leadership 100.