Speakers and Mentors
The NHSA Convention Spring 2011 featured very prominent businessmen of the Greek American community in Chicago and U.S. at large. All are leaders at their respective industries and NHSA is honored to have them dedicate time to speak at the NHSA Convention in Chicago.
Further we had over 30 mentors that participated at our Hellenic Mentorship Fair who offered career and professional development advice to the student attendees. See full listing below.
(Listed in order of appearance)
Theodore Spyropoulos, widely known for his prominent role as coordinator for the United States Region of Council of Hellenes Abroad, was born in Kalavryta Greece. As an advocate of education, one of his ambitions is to improve education and provide assistance in education to Hellenic American Youths. Theodore Spyropoulos studied political science at the university level in Greece. Today, he takes interest in preserving Hellenic Studies at the university level across campuses throughout the United States.
Aside from Spyropoulos’ many endeavors in higher education, his recognized accomplishments in the business world are also eminent. Spyropoulos exhibits leadership through his presidential role across many operations functioning throughout the USA, Europe and Canada. Such operations include: T.G.S National Wholesalers, T.G.S Petroleum Co., Inc, A&T Oil Company, along with CAM2 International Manufacturing and Marketing Chemical and lubricants. Some of Spyropoulos’ other notable positions include his role as the Director of GTE Engineering, Automotive Wholesalers of Illinois and as chairman of Hermes Expo International.
Apart from being a leader in the education and business worlds, Theodore Spyropoulos is also a recognized leader in the Hellenic Community. In addition to his role as coordinator for the United States Region of Council of Hellenes Abroad, he has served as president of the Hellenic American National Council and ENOSIS of Hellenic American Organizations of Illinois. Theodore Spyropoulos also is responsible for finding the Spyropoulos Scholarship for Hellenic-American Students in the USA and Hellas as well as the Technonopolis, Thrace, Hallas, International.
Jim Logothetis has demonstrated leadership in the business world through his years of experience as a senior partner at Ernst & Young. Logothetis was born in a village outside of Tropoli, Greece, Karatoula Kynourias. After immigrating to the United States he attended DePaul University where he obtained his undergraduate degree in accounting. He later went on to receive his MBA at the University of Chicago in Accounting, Finance and International Business.
At Ernst and Young, Logothetis has held various leadership positions and worked with clients that include: Harley-Davidson, Whirlpool Corporation, Brunswick Corporation, W.W. Grainger, Lawson Products, Newell-Rubbermaid along with many other consumer/industrial operations. Logothetis has also served as vice chair of Global Accounts, Managing Partner of the Lake Michigan Area audit practice, a member of the Firm’s Partner Advisory Council, as a Senior Client Service Partner, and also as a Diversity Task Force Chairman.
Apart from the business sphere, Logothetis is an advocate for education. For over ten years Logothetis has served on the Advisory Council for the DePaul University College of Commerce and its Finance Department. Logothetis today has additionally served as Chairman for the Board of Trustees for the Hellenic American Academy since it’s founding in 2004. Logothetis is also a member in the Executive Committee for the Hellenic Museum in Chicago.
Endy Zemenides, is an attorney at Johnston Greene LLC, a Chicago based law firm. Endy specializes in both public/private development transactions including the establishment of industrial, commercial, retail and residential tax increment financing projects, and the structuring of sales tax rebate agreements, property tax abatements and government grants. As an undergraduate Zemenides attended DePaul University and graduated with the highest distinction. Endy also hold a Masters in International Human Rights with highest distinction from the University of Essex (U.K.)Endy later went on to graduate cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000.
Endy’s clients include some of Illinois’ most active developers and several government agencies. Endy also is recognized in the Hellenic community for his pro bono representation of the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center. Additionally, Endy is a board member for The Coordinated Effort of Hellenes, a Greek-American political advocacy group in the United States, and the National Hellenic Society. He serves on the editorial board of the National Strategy Forum, a Chicago-based foreign policy research organization and has lectured in International Relations and American foreign policy at DePaul University. From 2006-2010, Endy served as Senior Advisor to Illinois State Treasurer and Democratic nominee for the United States Senate Alexi Giannoulias.
Constantine Zografopoulos is founder and executive director of the Kostas Z Foundation, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization in Illinois. He was injured in an auto accident in 1995 and as a result, had both of his legs amputated. The spirit of his life experience helped him find ways to guide the foundation with its mission to provide and create information, participation and integration among people with disabilities and their families and friends. The emphasis is on individual empowerment, organizational support and encouraging accessibility and universal design worldwide.
He has been involved in the foodservice industry for thirty years in Chicago. He holds a B.S. degree from DePaul University and a M.S. degree from Roosevelt University. He has used his ability to speak English, Greek, Portuguese and Spanish to participate in international projects and lectures. He is a public speaker with a large involvement in corporations, non-profits organizations, associations and community organizations. He was involved in Chicago accessible beach path project to allow wheelchairs users to swim in the lakefront beaches. He created Perpato organization for people with disabilities in Komotini, Greece and helped distribute 280 wheelchairs. He has been on various committees to coordinate corporate and non-profit organizations’ fundraising events and activities.
He is a member Rehabilitation of Institute of Chicago’s (RIC) sports program and peer visitor program. He was named Hellene of the Year by the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois and the Ypapanti Society in 2010 and by the United Hellenic American Congress in 2004. He was the recipient of RIC’s Tree of Life Award in 2001.
He currently serves on the Chicago Park District Disability Advisory Board, Open Doors Organization Advisory Committee, Continental Airlines Advisory Board, PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation Advisory Board and Vice President of the Parish Council of St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, and. He is an Archon Member of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Order of St. Andrew. He has worked with the Open Doors Organization to make travel accessible to all individuals and was involved in the Chicago Access Guide. He was a Torchbearer for the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
NHSA Convention Spring 2011 Mentors List
|Name||Position and/or Company|
|Angela Angelakos||Enforcement Attorney; Illinois Securities Department|
|Georgia Angelakos||MA, LPC, School Based Counselor; BPNC Shields Community School|
|James Antonopoulos||Attorney at Law|
|George Bikakis||Engineer; Sargent and Lundy|
|Aphrodite Bouikidis||Next Generation Initiative|
|Johanna A. Capecci||Sr. IT Project Manager/Business Analyst; Rewards Network|
|Alexander Facklis||Applications Development Specialist, HPSI Technology Chair|
|Constantine Flevaris||Engineer; Zebra Technologies|
|Frankie Kazas||Account Manager, HPSI Treasurer; Caterpillar Logistics Services|
|George Goltsos||Account Manager, HPSI member; MegaComUSA|
|Evanthia Geroulis||Clinical Professor, Marketing, Loyola University Chicago|
|John H. Gountanis||Deputy Chief Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel; U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement|
|Mercouri Kanatzidis||Professor of Chemistry, Head of Kanatzidis Research Group; Northwestern University|
|Aggelos Katsaggelos||Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science; Northwestern|
|Betty Leberis||Real Estate Broker; Century 21 First Class Homes|
|Demetrios Logothetis||Senior Partner; Ernst & Young LLP|
|Themis Makridakis||Plant Manager, Manufacturing Management, Chemical Engineering; Tredegar Corporation|
|Demetra Makris||Education, History, Archaeology; Chicago Public Schools|
|Demetra Markopoulos||Independent Facilitator and Trainer, HPSI President, Jackson;Dawson Communications, Ford Motor Company, CarsDiva.com|
|Kyriakos Mellos||Cofounder of DailyFrappe.com|
|Marika Pappas||Treasury Consultant; Corporate Strategy Consulting at Treasury Strategies, Inc.|
|Terry Poulos||Cofounder of Greek Media Club; President of The Sports Index, Inc.|
|Yanni Sianis||Relationship Manager; Calamos Wealth Management|
|Theodore Spyropoulos||Director; World Council of Hellenes Abroad|
|Spiros Stamelos||MD, Orthopedic Surgeon; Sacred Heart Hospital|
|Jenny Stavropoulos||Financial Analyst, HPSI Vice;President|
|Dimitra Travlos||PharmD, Director for Continuing Pharmacy Education; Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education|
|Jerry Travlos||Principal; Chicago Public Schools|
|Bessie Tsitsopoulos||LCSW, School Social Worker; Chicago Public Schools Office of Specialized Services|
|Tom Tzouras||Oral History and Education Manager; National Hellenic Museum|
|Endy Zemenides||Attorney; Johnston Greene, LLC|
|Constantine Zografopoulos||Founder and Executive Director; Kostas Z Foundation|
|Christina Zouzias||CPA, Financial Mediation and Litigation Consulting; Zouzias & Zouzias|