MONREAL, Quebec – The delegates of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), a leading association for the nation’s three million American citizens of Greek heritage, and countless Philhellenes, elected Nicholas A. Karacostas to a second term as supreme president at its 88th Annual Supreme Convention in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Karacostas ran unopposed in elections that were held Saturday, July 17, 2010. He was also formally installed as supreme president yesterday.
“Words cannot express how humbled and honored I am to be re-elected AHEPA Supreme President,” said Karacostas, who will look to build on the significant grassroots momentum generated during his first term due to programs like the “United We Serve” Initiative.
He continued, “I look forward to working with our new Supreme Lodge, many of who were reelected so we will be experienced; and the entire membership, to keep AHEPA on the steady path set forth by my predecessors. There are many challenges facing the community, and new ones will emerge. However, I’m confident we will strive to overcome them together in true spirit to our mission.”
Karacostas, who hails from Flushing, N.Y., is a member of AHEPA Gus Cherevas – Estia-Pindus Chapter 326, in Flushing. He has served AHEPA in numerous leadership positions including supreme vice president, two terms as supreme counselor, and on its Board of Directors. As supreme president, Karacostas’ responsibilities include being the chief executive officer, and principal spokesperson, of the entire AHEPA Domain, which includes the United States, Canada, Greece, and Cyprus.
The second-term supreme president was born in Kyrenia, Cyprus and immigrated to the United States three years later. Karacostas, an attorney, is the senior vice president of Arch Insurance Group. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, and National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Karacostas received his J.D. from the City of New York Law School and is a graduate of New York University.
Karacostas has served on the Parish Council of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Flushing, N.Y., for six years. Also, he is a legal advisor to the Pancyprian Association of America Inc., and serves on the Board of Directors of HANAC, Inc. and St. Michael’s Home.
Karacostas and his wife, Anna, have two daughters, Georgia and Andreana.
Election of AHEPA Leadership for 2010-2011
The 2009-10 Supreme Lodge is comprised of: Supreme Vice President Dr. John Grossomanides, Jr., Westerly, R.I.; Canadian President Nick Aroutzidis, London, Ontario; Supreme Secretary Anthony Kouzounis, Houston; Supreme Treasurer Col. Nicholas P. Vamvakias (ret.), Fairfax, Va.; Supreme Counselor Phillip T. Frangos, Lansing, Mich.; and Supreme Athletic Director Spiro Siaggas, Atlanta. The top five officers of the organization were all reelected.
The eight Supreme Governors are: Region I: Peter S. Sergis, Rockledge, Fla.; Region II: Dr. Peter Nickolas, Baltimore, Md.; Region III: Andrew Zachariades, Brick, N.J.; Region IV: Kip Kyprianou, New Milford, Conn.; Region V: Chris D. Kontos, Grosse Isle., Mich.; Region VI: Louis G. Atsavas, Lake Forest, Ill.; Region VII: Nick Dixie, Dallas, Texas; and Region VIII: Peter T. Triantafyllos, West Hills, Calif.
Elected to positions on the Board of Trustees were: Constantine Highland, New York; and Vassos Chrysanthou, Toms River, N.J. Highland was re-elected to the board. Craig Clawson, Omaha, Neb., was re-elected to the Board of Auditors, where he served as chairman.
AHEPA Family Elections
The organizations that comprise the AHEPA Family also held elections. Christine K Constantine, Vernon Hills, Ill., was elected Daughters of Penelope Grand President; Spiro Nicolopoulos, Atlanta, Sons of Pericles Supreme President; and Kiki Amanatidis, Scottsdale, Ariz., Maids of Athena Grand President.
Saturday’s Installation Ceremony of newly elected officers officially concludes the 88th AHEPA Supreme Convention, which began Monday, July 12, 2010. The 2011 Supreme Convention will convene in Miami Beach, Florida, July 18 to 26, at the world-famous Fontainebleau.