CONCORDVILLE, PA- On March 31st, the 24th Hermes Expo took place at the Concordville Inn in Delaware County. The Hermes Expo has hailed back to its roots after traveling to Chicago, Atlantic City and New York City. Delaware County welcomed the Hermes Expo with open arms and it is now here to stay. The Hermes Expo showcases products and services from a variety of industries ranging from healthcare, restaurant and hospitality, and tourism. It is your one stop shop for meeting with driven individuals in the fields of law, medicine, hospitality and finance. It is the number one networking platform in the region that has replaced the Internet through personal interaction and contact.
In the morning the Hermes Expo opened its doors to its first ever Theodore G. Spyropoulos Seminar series, named after the leader and visionary Greek, Theodore G. Spyropoulos of Chicago, IL. The “TGS” seminars hosted speakers of various backgrounds who discussed public service, economics and the restaurant & hospitality industry. Featured speakers included: Dr. Nicholas Hadgis, Dean of Widener University Restaurant & Hospitality School; Iris Capo, International Trade Specialist, U.S. Department of Commerce; Chere Dannettel, Economic Statecraft at the Institute of World Politics; Penny Zenker, Productivity Expert; Nick Larigakis President of the American Hellenic Institute (AHI); Newly appointed President of Delco Chamber of Commerce Mrs. Trish McFarland; Chef Marc d’Entremont; Dr. George Tsetsekos, is Dean Emeritus and the Francis Professor of Finance at LeBow’s College of Business at Drexel University; Nick Fontana, Senior Marketing Associate at Sysc; Les Vail , President Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce; John P. McBlain, Delaware County Councilman; Michael Culp, Delaware County Councilman and Honorable Mario J. Civera Jr., Chairman of Delaware County Council.
At 1:00 pm, the Grand Opening of the 24th Hermes Expo commenced. Booth exhibits included representation from the food industry, real estate, finance, healthcare, energy, non-for profits, pharmaceuticals and more. Attendees were given the opportunity to mingle with the vendors and guests. The Hermes Expo hosts a food show in addition to a business forum where businesses and professionals alike gather from all over the country to conduct business and explore ideas.
The awards dinner was a marvelous ceremony honoring individuals who have excelled in their professional career as well as their community. Honorees included Congresswoman Dina Titus, (D-NV), who has worked tirelessly on issues to protect our environment, push for renewable energy development policies, and create more sustainable communities. Honorees included Dr. Nicholas Hadgis for his long term contribution to education and leadership; Dean Laskaris for his contribution to St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church and leadership; John, Tommy & Loui Korologos for their philanthropic contributions; and Dr. Angelo Karakasis for his contribution his field of practice. These individuals have excelled themselves in their fields and their communities. The Key-note address at the Hermes Expo was given by Dr. Konstadinos Plestis, MD, and System Chief, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at Main Line Health’s Lankenau Heart Institute. In attendance at the Hermes Expo was Jack Whelan-District Attorney of Delaware County, Mario Civera Jr.-Chairman of Delaware County Council, Pat Larkin Jr.-Chairman of the Marple Republican Party, and Nick Larigakis President of the American Hellenic Institute (AHI), four of the Area priests and their Board of Directors, Presidents of Societies and Communities as well as businessmen and businesswomen from the north east region.
The Hermes Expo also recognized Academy Director Elias Pantelidis and the Hellenic American Academy of Aristotle, an academic institution in the Delaware County region, which instructs students in the Greek language and Hellenic culture. Founder & President of Hermes Expo, Paul Kotrotsios awarded scholarships to three students from the Academy in honor of the late Theodore G. Spyropoulos. These talented and inspirational students were C. Konstantopoulos, Iris Locke and L. Fourakis.
In today’s world of technology, it is important to remember that personal interaction is vital to the success of business transactions. And Hermes Expo does just that. It brings together various professionals from a variety of industries to network, mingle, and exchange business ideas. It is one of a kind in that it has never forgotten its roots or its purpose: the growth of your business. Hermes Expo invites its attendees to explore, discover and connect. This forum is an important tool for businesses and professional development and the opportunities are endless.
We hope to see you next year at the 25th Hermes Expo in Delaware County! Come explore, discover and connect with our attendees and vendors. Take advantage of this unique networking platform. And don’t forget; invite your associates and friends!
Photo Credit: Portraits by Kellie