Leadership 100 Conference Kicks Off in San Diego

George Pelecanos presented with Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence.
George Pelecanos presented with Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence.

On Thursday morning February 4th, the most prominent members of the Greek American community gathered in Coronado Island outside of San Diego for the Annual Leadership 100 Conference. During this 3-day retreat, the attendees mingle and attend a series of seminars  by fellow Greek-American brothers. The morning began with a speech by Dr. Nick  Yphantides, an expert on weight loss.  He gave the welcoming speech in the place of George Stephanopoulos who could not make it. Doctor Yphantides gave a very inspirational speech about how he defeated obesity and cancer. Yphantides told conference participants, “On April 1, 2001, I loaded my RV van and began a pilgrimage that covered 38,000 miles across the length and width of the great United States! My pilgrimage, which included a few airplane trips, took me to all 50 states in 50 weeks, all 30 Major League Baseball parks while attending 110 Major League Baseball games, including the 2001 All-Star Game, League Championship Series, and the amazing 2001 World Series between the Diamondbacks and the Yankees. I accomplished all that while becoming less than half the man I once was, losing a total of 270 pounds.” The doctor’s speech was a big success and resulted in a standing ovation.

Following breakfast and the opening speeches, Archibishop Demetrios held a study bible group. Later that afternoon, the renowned Greek-American author, George Pelecanos was presented with the


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