A Vision for the Future of Business



In keeping with the theme of the Conference, “A Vision for the Future of Orthodoxy and Hellenism”, a Business Forum titled “A Vision for the Future of Business” has been scheduled from 4:00 to 5:30 pm on Friday, February 14, 2014, according to Charles. H. Cotros, Chairman of Leadership 100, in announcing the addition to the program. George S. Tsandikos, the Vice Chairman of Leadership 100, who is Managing Director of Rockefeller & Company in New York City, will moderate a panel of three of the most prominent members of Leadership 100, George D. Behrakis, John Catsimatidis, and C. Dean Metropoulos, who will examine the future prospects for business in America and in the world as a result of the economic dislocation of both the national economy and the global economy. The 23rd Annual Leadership 100 Conference, celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Leadership 100, will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in Naples, Florida, February 13 to 16, 2014.


Behrakis is a pioneer in the pharmaceutical field and a renowned philanthropist in medicine and health, higher education and the arts. He has served on the Boards and supported numerous medical, educational, cultural and religious organizations, including Boston College, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Northeastern University, Harvard University, Tufts University Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Boston Symphony Orchestra He also has served on the Board of Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology and continues to serve on the Executive Committees of the Archdiocesan Council and of Leadership 100, as Chairman Emeritus of the latter.


Catsimatidis is the Chairman and CEO of the Red Apple Group, which has holdings in oil refining, retail petroleum products, convenience stores, real estate, aviation, and supermarkets, with investments in both medical and industrial technology. In 2013, Catsimatidis sought the Republican nomination for Mayor of New York City. Starting as a relatively unknown businessman, Catsimatidis finished second with 41% of the vote against an establishment candidate. Catsimatidis’s civic and charitable interests include the Hellenic Times Scholarship Foundation, the New York Police Athletic League (PAL), the Boy Scouts, the Ellis Island Awards Foundation, the Law Enforcement Foundation, and the Juvenile Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Research Foundations. He is the co-founder and major supporter of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council, and sits on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of Leadership 100.


C. Dean Metropoulos is currently Chairman and CEO of C. Dean Metropoulos & Company (“CDM”), a boutique acquisition and management firm, which has restructured, built and grown numerous businesses throughout the U.S. and Europe with more than 72 acquisitions involving over $12 billion in invested capital. These acquisitions have earned some of the most attractive returns on Wall Street, as CDM investments boast an average IRR of 44%. Metropoulos has sat on the Boards of several companies in the United States and Europe and is also a senior partner and investor in Solar Marine, Inc., a private, European based, international dry cargo shipping company. A long time member of Leadership 100, he was recently elected President of Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism. He has been a philanthropic supporter of numerous Church-related, civic and arts organizations.