Washington, D.C. – The delegates of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), elected Ike Gulas, Birmingham, Ala., Supreme President for the 2007 – 2008 year. Gulas was officially installed on Sunday with the rest of the new Supreme Lodge and Board of Directors.
“I am honored to be given the unique opportunity to serve as supreme president of the largest association of Americans who share a common bond of ancestry,” said Gulas. “As we are in the midst of our 85th year, I intend to help AHEPA grow in terms of membership and international influence as we approach our centennial anniversary.”
The Supreme President thanked outgoing supreme lodge members and his family for their support. Gulas said he was particularly proud to have his father, who has been an AHEPA member for more than 60 years, participate in his installation by reading the presidentʼs charge.
President Gulas is a member of Chapter No. 3, Birmingham, a vibrant chapter in the AHEPA family.
Gulasʼs family has been in the Birmingham area for more than 100 years and he is the founding partner of Gulas & Stuckey, P.C. of Birmingham.
Ike Gulas graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and was admitted to the Alabama Bar in 1990. He is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, American Bar Association, Alabama Trial Lawyers, and American Trail Lawyers where he was appointed to serve on the Public Affairs Committee.
Mr. Gulas founded The Gulas Law Firm, P.C. in 1998. Well known throughout the area as a result of his TV ads, his firm was created to focus on mass torts, product liability and personal injury/wrongful death litigation. Mr. Gulas still concentrates his practice on those areas. He has built an impressive reputation in mass torts and class action suits brought against pharmaceutical manufacturers of Rezulin, Fen-Phen, Serzone, and Baycol.
He is known for his civic involvement and activities with the Greek-American community,
The balance of the Supreme Lodge is a fine blend of veteran leadership combined with energetic newcomers. They are: Canadian President Fotis Antoniou; Supreme Vice President Nick Karacostas; Supreme Secretary Dr. John Grossomanides, Jr.; Supreme Treasurer Anthony Kouzounis; Supreme Counselor John Galanis and Supreme Athletic Director Dr. Monthe N. Kofos.
The eight Supreme Governors are: Charles Stamoulis; Colonel Nick Vamvakias; Lou Arvanitis; Connie Calliontzis; Phil Giavasis; George Pantazelos; John Georgifandis and Nick Perderis.
The remaining organizations that comprise the AHEPA family also held elections. Karen Stamatiades was elected Grand President of the Daughters of Penelope; Rick Pecka was elected Supreme President of the Sons of Pericles and Stephanie Maniatis was elected Grand President of the Maids of Athena.
AHEPA is the largest Greek-American association in the world with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus and sister chapters in Australia and New Zealand. It was established in 1922 by visionary Greek Americans to protect Hellenes from prejudice originating from the KKK, and in its history, AHEPA joined with the NAACP and B’nai B’rith to fight discrimination.
The mission of the AHEPA family is to promote the ideals of Hellenism, education, philanthropy, civic responsibility and family and individual excellence.