21st Leadership 100 Conference Elects New Chairman; Sets Higher Goals


The 21st Annual Leadership 100 Conference concluded successfully last Sunday, surpassing the expectations of all its accomplished members, board of directors and attendees. During the conference the organization presented its new Chairman, Charles H. Cotros, who succeeded Constantine G. Karas. The three-day event, which included different forums, Bible Study, a concert and a gala, took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Manalapan, FL and was attended by some of the most successful members of the Greek-American community.

Newly elected chairman Charles Cotros said that the new goals of the organization during his 2-year term are to focus on the youth and grow the membership of L100 to 1000 members.

Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Dow Chemical Company was the main speaker of the conference. Liveris, a member of Leadership 100, addressed the Business Forum on Saturday evening telling some 350 attendees that business and social responsibility go hand in hand. He was presented with the distinguished Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence.

Andrew Liveris and wife, Paula, accept Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence from Archbishop Demetrios and Leadership 100 Chairman Constantine G. Caras, far left..

FOX Business anchor Nicole Petallides spoke at a Special Program on Business and the Media. She was presented with the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence. Petallides joined FOX Business Network (FBN) in September 2007 as an anchor.  She also serves as FBN’s main NYSE correspondent, reporting live daily from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

On Friday night the prominent crowd was treated to a concert by internationally acclaimed Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis; Frangoulis, who also received an award for Excellence, performed before more than 400 members of leadership 100 and their guests at a full house at The Harriet Himmel Theater in West Palm Beach, FL.
The conference also paid tribute to War Veterans and the Fallen Heroes who lost their lives in wars. Deputy Chief Steven G. Xiarhos, Nick Xiarhos’ proud Golden Star father addressed the crowd and shared his fallen son’s story. Nick was “a strong giant with a pure heart”, as his father described his young son who lost his life fighting in Afghanistan on July 23rd, 2009.
Finally, Pamela Pappas of Tampa, Florida, who completed the challenging climb to the summit of Mount Everest on May 13, 2011, was honored with the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Achievement on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the just concluded 21st Annual Leadership 100 Conference. Pappas, a 40-year-old nuclear pharmacist who performed the climb at a temperature of 30 degrees below zero, thanked members of leadership 100 for recognition of her extraordinary achievement.
Approved Grants

The Executive Committee, meeting at the 21st Annual Leadership Conference approved grants totaling $416,250, all of which were recommended by the Grant Committee under the Chairmanship of John Sitilides. The grants included:

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Religious Education “Living Our Orthodox Faith – The New Series” – for $81,750 to publish and update Grade 5 pupil textbook and teacher guide “God Calls Us”, completing the revision of the elementary “Living Our Orthodox Faith” textbook series.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Internet Ministries “Bulletin Builder Version 2.0” – for $95,000 to assist in completing a full rewrite and redesign of the entire Bulletin Builder system. In 2004, Leadership 100 funded the launch of this successful project. Today, one third of GOA parishes utilize Bulletin Builder to create their weekly bulletins.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Center for Family Care: “Renewal of Family Ministry Grant” – for $100,000 to provide assistance for ongoing development and evaluation of the Center’s direction and materials, including a study of Orthodox Christian families and the production and dissemination of Family Ministry publications.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Stewardship, Outreach and Evangelism “Planned Giving Resources for our Parishes” – for $21,500 to provide a complete set of resources, such as printing, mailing and promotional materials, to the parishes of the GOA with the goal of assisting parish members in their estate planning while encouraging them to remember the Church in their plans.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Stewardship, Outreach and Evangelism: “Orthodox Natural Church Development” –for $18,000 to provide guidance to parishes that implement the Natural Church Development System, designed to assist parishes to promote church growth by objectively evaluating, assessing and measuring church health in an organized and methodical way.