Leading Greek Entrepreneurs to be Honored at Las Vegas Heritage Weekend

Greek entrepreneurs John Calamos and Dean Metropoulos will be honored at the National Hellenic Society’s (NHS) Heritage Weekend set to take place at Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas, October 4-7.

The co-honorees will receive the George Marcus Excellence Award in recognition of their exemplary leadership and dedication in lifting and passing on Hellenism’s torch to the next generation.

The Award will be offered during an activities-packed weekend where participants will be able to hear compelling panelists discussing diverse issues affecting Hellenism worldwide, from geopolitics and tourism, to archaeology and Greek dance.

NHS, established to help preserve the Greek heritage through the sponsorship and initiation of programs that support Hellenic culture, also promise an exceptional ‘parea,’ filled with entertainment, including live Greek music.

John P Calamos Sr (left) and C. Dean Metropoulos

John P Calamos Sr is a Greek American global fund manager specializing in risk management strategies. He is the founder of Calamos Investments.

C. Dean Metropoulos is recognized as one of the nation’s leading entrepreneurs and visionaries with a focus on the food industry.

Activities and Workshops at this Year’s Classic

Archaeology Workshop with world renown archaeologists
John Camp–Director of the Excavations of the Agora since 1966
Beth Carlson–Classicist and Archaeologist at Palace of Nestor excavations
Fred Hiebert–Harvard and Univ. of PA award-winning archaeologist and explorer at National Geographic

The Essentials Workshops

Greek Language & Tourism in Greece Primer
The Hon. Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism in Greece
Emirates Air Representatives
Konstantinos Georgiades, Amphytrion Travel US/Greece
Master Chef Diane Kochilas

Greek Dance Class–the basics
Nick Irmen, Heritage Greece Alum

Archaeology 101 by the Masters
Prof. Bethany Carlson, Classics Randolph-Macon College
Prof. John Camp, Director of the Agora Excavations
Fred Hiebert, National Geographic Archaeologist & Explorer

Panel Presentations

Geopolitics/Foreign Policy
Bill Antholis, Director, Miller Center, Emeritus Director Brookings Institute
Markos Kounalakis, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institute, author, journalist
Hon. Dina Titus, U.S. House of Representatives (1st D, NV)
Amb. John Negroponte, Emeritus Dir. of National Intelligence
Amb. Pat Theros, U.S. Amb. to Qatar, Emeritus Dir. US Qatar Bus. Council
Hon. Andrew Natsios, Scowcroft Inst., Emeritus USAID Administrator

Finding the Story
George Orfanakos, Exec. Dir., American School of Classical Studies
Prof. Bethany Carlslon, Prof. John Camp, Fred Hiebert

Telling the Story
Pavlos Yeroulanos, Benaki Museum, Emeritus Minister of Culture/Tourism
Marsha Haddad Ikonomopoulos, Director, Kehila Kedosha Janina Museum

Women’s Forum
Laura Evans, former lead anchor Fox News, Washington DC
Vassy Karagiorgis, Platinum, Gold record producer, song writer, singer
Amb. Eleni Kounalakis, former Amb. to Hungary, Calif. Lt. Gov. candidate
Elena Kountoura, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Greece
Georgia Mouzakis, Managing Director Citi Group Private Bank
Lea Soupata, Emeritus UPS Executive, UPS Board of Directors

The Deal Makers
John Metaxas, CBS/Bloomberg, former anchor of CNN’s Your Money
John Calamos, founder Calamos Investments
Dennis Mehiel,
Dean Metropoulos, C. Dean Metropoulos & Company
Alex Zagoreos, Lazard Frères Managing Director, Partner Emeritus

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