L100 in Action - Issue #3 (July - October 2012)
July - October 2012 | Issue #3

News In Action

Jim Gianopulos

Star-Studded Program For 2013 Conference

Jim Gianopulos, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Twentieth Century Fox Film, overseeing News Corporation's motion picture companies, including Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Fox 2000, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Animation Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Fox International Productions, and their related entities, will highlight a star-studded program at the 22nd Annual Leadership 100 Conference that brings together the best and brightest from our beloved Church and Community, announced Charles H. Cotros, Leadership 100 Chairman. The Conference, to take place February 7-10, 2013, at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point California, will feature an address with special feature video by Gianopulos on Thursday afternoon, February 7, who will be introduced by his pastor, Fr. John Bakas, Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral in Los Angeles, who will also speak to conferees, and "will also include Alexander Payne, the award-winning director, screenwriter and producer, and Nia Vardalos, the actress, screenwriter, director and producer," added Cotros.

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Leadership 100 News
Ted Zampetis Addresses Ohio Parish

Fourth National Leadership 100 Sunday Observed

The Fourth National Leadership 100 Sunday was observed in hundreds of Greek Orthodox parishes across the country on Sunday, October 21. Parish Priests read the Encyclical issued by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod and members of Leadership 100 spoke of the 28-year-old mission of the organization founded in 1984 to support the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and to advance Orthodoxy and Hellenism. The date was chosen at the initiation of the event in 2009 as the Sunday prior to the Feast Day of St. Iakovos, a tribute to Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory, the visionary Founder and namesake of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund.

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Fr. Luke Addresses Membership Event

New York City Event Salutes New Members

Leadership 100 organized a New York Membership Event at the University Club on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 to welcome 10 new members from the Direct Archdiocesan District as well as acknowledge 20 new members from the eight Metropolises, which increased total membership to 893. The gala event included remarks from Charles H. Cotros, Chairman, who outlined the 28 year-long mission of Leadership 100 in support of the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the more than $33 million distributed in grants. He told the new members and their sponsors that "Leadership 100 is truly a family of faith, a community of shared values through which you will build friendships and associations that are rich beyond any financial contribution."

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Emanuel J. Cotronakis

Contronakis Named Legal Counsel

Emanuel J. Cotronakis, of Juno Beach, Florida, was named Legal Counsel to Leadership 100 and elected to the Board of Trustees, according to Charles H. Cotros, Chairman. Cotronakis, who with his wife, Elaine, joined Leadership 100 in 2008, is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Jacob Investments, Inc., of North Palm Beach, Florida. He was previously a partner and internal team leader with Baker & Hostetler LLP, of Cleveland, Ohio.

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Georgia Veru

Georgia Veru Releases Album

Georgia Veru has released an album, Metaphrasis, a celebration of Greek-American culture, capturing her lifelong passion for Greek music and American musical style. She and her husband, Ted, are long-time members of Leadership 100. The album features the Greek sounds of Zembekiko and Sirto, as well as Greek songs arranged in swing mode and American Country style. Highlights include Greek adaptations of "Don't Cry for Me Argentina", "An Affair to Remember" and "Alejate" and feature the styling of the popular Greek-American musician, Gus Vali. The album was produced by Ted Veru and Dean Vali.

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Mike Manatos

Manatos Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish

Mike Manatos, of Bethesda, Maryland, a member of the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees who competed in his first Make-A-Wish Triathlon in 1997, has generated more than $500,000 for Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic to grant the wishes of 75 local children with life-threatening medical conditions. "The more I learned about Make-A-Wish, the more wish kids I met, the more deeply involved I wanted to get in the Foundation. It went from being a wonderful charity that I supported to one of my life's passions," said Manatos. Manatos, who is Senior Vice President at Manatos & Manatos, a government relations and public policy company in Washington, D.C., started out as a volunteer at the Foundation and later became a member of the chapter's fundraising advisory board. In 2008, he joined the Mid-Atlantic governing board of directors.

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