Leadership 100 Members Awarded Ellis Island Medals of Honor


Nikiforos Valaskantjis with wife, Georgia.

Ellis Island Medals of Honor were awarded to Theodore K. Zampetis of Bloomfield Hills, MI, a member of the Leadership 100 Executive Committee and Chairman of both the Membership Committee and Leadership 100 Sunday, and Nikiforos Valaskantjis of San Clemente, CA, a Leadership 100 member, in ceremonies on May 9, 2015 on Ellis Island.

Zampetis, retired president of Shiloh Industries, a supplier to automakers in North America, was instrumental in developing global expansion strategies with key automotive and appliance markets for the company, as well as maintaining relationships with business leaders throughout the world. He is Chairman of the Board of the TK Zampetis Family Foundation and an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Order of Saint Andrew.

Valaskantjis is a Real Estate and Restaurant Entrepreneur. His philanthropy includes hosting Kids ‘n’Cancer and support of Camp Agape embodying his belief that faith in God aided in his success, that the young are the future of the faith and that giving to the Church must be shown by example. He is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Order of Saint Andrew.

Zampetis and Valaskantjis were among 99 recipients at the ceremony. The 100th recipient was Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor, who could not attend and was awarded the Medal on April 17, 2105.

Ellis Island Medals of Honor are sponsored by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) and are presented annually to American citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life.

Past medalists have included six U.S. Presidents, one foreign president, Nobel Prize winners and leaders in industry, education, the arts, sports and government, as well as many members of Leadership 100, including its current Chairman, George S. Tsandikos, and Vice Chairman, Argyris Vassiliou.

Schedule of Livestreamed Events
  1. Opening Forum, 9:45 am-10:45 am, Thursday, February 21, 2019,

Rev. Fr. Alexander Goussetis and Presvytera Kerry Pappas of the Center for Family Care.

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  1. Bible Study,11:00 am-12:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2019,

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  1. Health Forum, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm, Thursday, February 21, 2019, George D. Behrakis,

Dr. George Dangas, Dr. Harry T. Anastopoulos

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  1. Hellenic College-Holy Cross Office of Vocation and Ministry, 8:45am-9:15am,Friday, February 22, 2019, Dr. Ann Bezzerides, Director.

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  2. Lecture, 9:30 am-10:30 am, Friday, February 22, 2019,

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America

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  1. Keynote Address, Business Forum, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019,

George Veras, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer, Pro Football Hall of Fame

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  1. Glendi, 7:00 pm-11:00 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019

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  1. Saturday Forum, 10:30 am-12:00 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019,

Stellene Volandes, Editor-in-Chief, Town & Country

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  1. Grand Banquet, Estimated time 8:15 pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Argyris Vassiliou, Chairman of Leadership 100 and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios present the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Award for Excellence to George Veras and Stellene Volandes. Archbishop Remarks.

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  1. Exclusive Interview of David Baker, President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

by George Veras, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer. Estimated time, 9:15  pm, Saturday, February 23, 2019

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