96th AHEPA Family Supreme Convention 2018
The Hellenic Cultural Commission
“Turkish Irredentism and the Finlandization of the Eastern Mediterranean”
A panel discussion featuring:
Louis Katsos, Moderator-President of EMBCA, Educator and Lecturer
Ambassador Karolos Gadis, Former Hellenic Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Deputy Ambassador to Ankara and Washington, DC
Professor Alexander Kitroeff, Noted Historian and Author, Associate Professor Haverford College
Professor Emeritus Marcus Templar, National Security Advisor, Macedonian League, Former Cryptologic Linguist and Principal Subject Matter Expert in Intelligence
Wednesday July 25, 2018, 4 to 6 PM at Harrah’s Resort and Casino (Avalon 14-15) in Atlantic City
Lou Katsos – Moderator
President Jekmar Associates
Louis Katsos has over four decades of major project experience in the Real Estate and Construction Management market. He is a known and recognized leader in the development, design and construction industry, with over 35 years of executive corporate experience with major national New York Construction Management and General Contracting firms, like Tishman Construction where he was the E.V.P./COO, as well as being President of his own firm Jekmar Associates Inc., a construction/ development consulting firm to New York Developers and Owners. Jekmar Associates Inc. is currently involved in numerous residential, mixed use and hotel projects of over 2.5 million square feet. As Project Manager / Executive he has built, ground up, over 10 million square feet of various high rise building types, Institutional and landmark buildings in New York and had corporate oversight of millions more. He is also a Member and Executive Director of the New York Immigration Fund which raises foreign investment funds for various New York City development projects currently being built.
Lou is the President / Founder of EMBCA, Inc. (East Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance); Executive Board Member of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce ; President of the American Hellenic Institute New York Business Network; and AHEPA District 6 (N.Y.) Lt. Governor. and Delphi # 25 Manhattan Chapter President. He was the former EVP of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce.
A noted educator and lecturer Lou has taught for over 30 years combined as an Adjunct Assit. Professor both at New York University and at the Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union. He moderates the highly popular NY Development, Design and Construction Panel Series and hosts a COSMOS FM Hellenic Public Radio program. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering and an M.B.A. , both from New York University.
Former Hellenic Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Deputy Ambassador to Ankara and Washington, DC
Ambassador Karolos Gadis , based in Athens, is currently a Political Analyst and European Public Law Organization (EPLO) Special Envoy for the Balkans and Black Sea Countries. He has had an extensive and distinguished Hellenic Republic diplomatic and foreign affairs career serving in various capacities over the years. He was, among holding other positions, the former Hellenic Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Director of the Political Directorate for Caucasus, Russia, Black Sea Countries and Belarus, in the Hellenic Republic Embassy in Washington the Minister-Deputy Chief of Mission, in the Hellenic Embassy in Turkey the Minister Counsellor, in the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs the EU Affairs Department Coordinator of issues related to the Greek Presidency of 2003, in the Hellenic Embassy in Dusseldorf the Consul General, in the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Director of the Office of the European Parliament and Director for Sub-Saharan Africa , in the Hellenic Embassy in Azerbaijan the Counsellor of Embassy, in the EU Commission the National Expert at the Directorate General for External Relations. His decorations by the Hellenic Republic include the Grand Commander of the Order of the Phoenix and was awarded by the European Movement in Bosnia and Herzegovina the European Friend of Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2013. Karolos is the author of many publications relating to foreign affairs and law, and has held numerous seminars on international law. He is a Member of the Hellenic Society of International Law and International Relations and a Member of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO). He is a graduate of the University of Athens in Law and received his LL.M in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe.
Alexander Kitroeff is Associate Professor of History at Haverford College and he received his doctoral degree in Modern History at Oxford University in 1984. He specializes in the history of identity in Greece, the Greeks of the Ottoman Empire and the Greek diaspora & especially the Greek Americans. The organizations that have funded his research include the Jaharis Family Foundation, the Proteus Foundation, the Social Science Research Council and the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation.
He has served as historical consultant for three historical documentaries: “The Journey: the Greek Dream in America”; “Smyrna 1922 the Destruction of a Cosmopolitan City” and “From Both Sides of the Aegean: Expulsion & Exchange of Populations Turkey-Greece 1922-24.” He has published four books: The Greeks in Egypt, 1919-1937 (London, 1989); Griegos en América, 1492-1992 (Madrid, 1992); Wrestling with the Ancients: Modern Greek Identity and the Olympics, (New York, 2004); Ελλάς, Ευρώπη Παναθηναϊκός (New York, 2010) and a collection of articles on the Jews in Greece.
His latest book, The Greeks and the Making of Modern Egypt, is being published by the American University in Cairo Press and will appear in the Fall of 2018. He is currently completing a book on the history of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Professor Emeritus Marcus Templar is a former Code Breaker, and Principal Subject Matter Expert in Intelligence Analysis serving the U.S. Intelligence Community over 30 years. During his Intelligence career, he has supported intelligence operations on a national level and served as a lecturer of Intelligence in U.S. Intelligence Schools.
His academic research includes the political ideology of Bulgarian intellectuals after the Commune of Paris and the effect of their ideology to the establishment, development, and activities of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO) aka VMRO. The research also examines the organization’s activities in order to create a communist regime of Bulgarians in Macedonia at least 20 years before the founding of the USSR. More specifically, his work analyzes the relationship and interaction among members and factions of the organization (IMRO) with contemporary political, pan-Slavic movements and governments, as well as the organization’s political and terrorist activities.
Academically he is intrinsically interested in matters of national security, public governmental policy, and strategy.
Professionally he has been involved in the Order of Battle, Military Doctrine, and Strategic Culture of Turkey, Ukraine, as well as Counter-terrorism in the Horn of Africa.
He is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies (AIMS), a member of the Greek Politics Specialist Group (GPSG) of the UK’s Political Studies Association (PSA), of the European Rim Policy, and Investment Council (ERPIC). On the military and intelligence aspect he is a member of National Intelligence Education Foundation, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the Nation
Hellenic Cultural Commission
“The Hellenic Cultural Commission will encourage, collect, disseminate, and sponsor activities that educate and promote the ideals of Hellenism.”
With all humility, the HCC sees its mission as the heart and secret to AHEPA’s growth and membership outreach program. AHEPA has a message that everyone can rally around and that message is education and Hellenism. The Hellenic commitment to Education is legendary, so let us bring the message of Hellenism into focus:
Principles of Hellenism:
- The importance and worth of the individual
- The concept of liberty and freedom for all
- A commitment of service to our community and fellow man
- An appreciation for the gifts we have received from our creator
- The value of seeking the truth and being guided by it
- The principle of democracy allowing all citizens to govern themselves
- Awareness of perfect beauty leading us to higher aspirations
- Use of ethics as a guide in everything
- The importance of learning
HCC needs your support to project that message of education and Hellenism. The Hellenic Cultural Commission is a chartered committee of the AHEPA Educational Foundation. Present donations to the Foundation are committed to scholarships as such HCC needs your support to achieve its particular objectives. As such we ask that you contribute towards that goal and which donation is a tax deductible contribution. Thank you for your support.
Mission of AHEPA Family
AHEPA Mission statement:
To promote the ancient Hellenic ideals of education philanthropy, civic responsibility, integrity, and family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism
An important component of AHEPA’s mission is to create an awareness of the principles of Hellenism to society. These principles include a commitment to humanity, freedom, and democracy. The preservation and promotion of these ideals is where AHEPA has, and always will be, deeply committed.
AHEPA’s commitment to education has been well documented throughout its history. Over $4 million is endowed at the local, district and national levels toward the use of scholarships and a half-million dollars is awarded annually. Thousands of young men and women have benefited as recipients of AHEPA scholarships at these various levels. The most famous recipient, perhaps, is ABC News’ Host of This Week George Stephanopoulos.The scholarship program at the national level is administered by the AHEPA National Educational Foundation. It offers scholarships to a wide variety of students. Recipients are: traditional and non-traditional students; seminarians, including those entering Holy Cross Greek School of Theology; and high school seniors, college and post-graduate students who are looking to become tomorrow’s leaders.The preservation of Hellenic or Classical Studies programs on college campuses is an important issue for the AHEPA Educational Foundation. A subcommittee of the Foundation, the Hellenic Cultural Commission, actively works to support the study of the Classics at universities.In addition, educational programs such as “Journey to Greece” and Washington Internships are sponsored by the Foundation.
Philanthropy and volunteer-ism have been pillars of strength for AHEPA. From natural disaster relief to raising funds for the elimination of life-threatening diseases to making significant contributions to our local neighborhoods, AHEPA is at the forefront of charitable giving.
AHEPA’s philanthropic deeds are evident in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; in the Halls of St. Basil Academy, a childcare facility in Garrison, N.Y.; in the care packages we sent to our troops in cooperation with the USO; and in the building of healthcare facilities in Greece. Yet this only scratches the surface of the numerous philanthropic works of the association. In addition, countless charitable projects are undertaken every year by AHEPA’s chapters and districts.
Our grassroots has a strong voice. With chapters in every major metropolitan city and in rural areas of North America, AHEPA communicates the positions of the Greek-American community to elected representatives at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as to our diplomatic leaders. These issues pertain to Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey; however, our constituents are also interested in domestic policy areas affecting the philanthropic, civic, and community service-based programs in which they are involved. These positions are based upon our American heritage and ideals with the best interest of the United States in mind. AHEPA educates its constituents about these issues through seminars and conferences, providing expert panelists from the U.S. government, prominent Washington, DC Think-Tank organizations, and the business world.Furthermore, AHEPA keeps a watchful eye on Congress with its Congressional Scorecard, a tool that evaluates each member of Congress on Greek-American issues.
Family and Individual Excellence
What makes AHEPA unique from other organizations is the creation of the AHEPA Family. Together with three affiliated organizations, the AHEPA Family works as a unit toward the fulfillment of a common mission. Combined, the four organizations have contributed well over a billion dollars to national projects throughout their history.
The Ideals of Ancient Greece Important to All
AHEPA members are proud of the contributions the ancient Greeks gifted to Western Civilization. As Americans, we share many of the values put forth by them: civic responsibility, philanthropy, education, family and individual excellence, and the ideals of democracy. This is the essence of our heritage. This is the core of our mission.Moreover, throughout the span of its history, AHEPA has served as a vital vehicle for the progressive development and emergence of American citizens of Greek heritage into every facet of society: government, business, education, and the arts. This fulfillment illustrates the promise of the American Dream and symbolizes the hard work ethic of our immigrant for-bearers who labored to achieve that dream with the principles of Hellenism rooted deep in their hearts.
Louis Katsos, President Jekmar Associates, Inc.
The HCC Panel Discussion expenses are funded by:
- John and Cleo Rumpakis, Portland, Oregon
Joseph C. Keane, HCC Co-Chairman
Tasos Kalantzis, HCC Co-Chairman
Cosmos Marandos, HCC Secretary
George G. Horiates, Esq., supreme Treasurer
Paul Kotrotsios, Publisher Hellenic News of America