If it is success stories you want to hear, Hermes Expo International, the founding member of the US-Greece Advisory Council has many to tell you resulting from the second Trade Mission to Thessaloniki’s HelExpo this past September. Not only the members of this business expedition got to see Premier Kostas Simitis at the Grand Opening of the International Exposition of the second capital of Hellas, not only did they meet face to face with Thessaloniki’s Prefect, Panayotis Psomiadis and that city’s mayor, Vassilis Papageorgopoulos, and held trade-oriented discussions with them, but they also met with Greek and American officials that vowed to facilitate their prospective goals.
There was a meeting with the US Consul General in Thessaloniki, Alec Maley, the President and Board members of the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Mr. Costopoulos, the US Ambassador to Greece, Tom Miller, who was the keynote speaker during the 2002 Hermes Expo International.
They also met with the President of the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce, and numerous business leaders of that city.
It was in the year 2000 when the business agreement between Thessaloniki and Philadelphia took effect and this in itself has burgeoned into a tremendous success. This is why Hermes Expo International is the safe and sound way of achieving one’s business goals.
To begin with there is a huge success story told by ChemTech’s President Mr. Daphtary, a Delco County based company, who had the following to say:
“At the invitation of Paul Kotrotsios, founder of Hermes Expo International, whom I was introduced by Jim McClauclin, during our luncheon at Philadelphia’s World Trade Center. That’s when we decided to join the Second Trade Mission to Greece, which was organized by his team. Let it be known that as the President of ChemTech, I have traveled around the world many times, but never to Greece. During the 9-day trip to Athens and Thessaloniki as part of the Mission, we saw Hermes Expo International and its staff in real action. They set up numerous meetings as well as demonstrations with qualified customers for our Delaware-based company.
We found our representatives in Thessaloniki, Mr. Dephtary continues, and we’ve followed through with them, opening the door to exports to Greece. Next step for us is to expand in the entire Balkan region. So we feel indebted to Hermes Expo International as they demonstrated professionalism in handling our meetings with various business and political leaders Hermes Expo International really plays a key role in connecting Greece and Europe with The United States”.
The Chairman of the US Advisory team, Chris Christakis, speaking during a reception at the 68th Thessalonica International Expo at the HelExpo, as the President of the CVM Group of Companies, admitted the he had reservations, but now he is convinced that business people from Greece, southeastern European nations and the US, can unequivocally succeed.
“Our team is now analyzing the second phase of our investment project launched in Greece a year ago during the 1st Trade Mission to Greece. Our aim is to help American corporations first-particularly the hi-tech kind-to do business in Greece and the Balkans. Hermes Expo International is without doubt serving its purpose and that is how I have lent it my full support”, he said.
Advance Hospitality Systems’ Assad (Taki) Khoury had this to say about his company’s cooperation with Kotrotsios’ HEI (Hermes Expo International).
“Through HEI’s efforts, at the end of this past year, we made qualified contacts in Greece for our products, specifically in Thessaloniki. After three consecutive trips under the auspices of HEI to the Hellenic capital of the north, we can now say proudly that we succeeded in selling our product’s services in that city and beyond. So that makes us very happy that we too are sponsors of the HEI”.
Hermes Expo International’s president Paul Kotrotsios, led for the second time the expedition of the Trade Mission to Greece, emphasizing in the participation of US companies, both Greek and non-Greek owned, that share the same vision with them vis-à-vis the increase of Trade relations with Greece and in general with the Balkans.
“We were pleased having the ability to introduce representatives to the Mission’s members and thusly to enable Hermes Expo International the use of its resources and staff to accomplish it”, Mr Kotrotsios said.
Last year, he continued, “we had two success stories from regional Hellenic companies based in Northern Greece, one of which stories covers a company that has already launched active trading in the Philadelphia area”.
Additional success stories making strides in the fledgling stage are a Greek chocolatier, the Success brand of coffee and Drop fixtures also from Greece, and the Technopolis In Thrace a US concern. Furthermore there had been meetings between the Mission- Hermes staff and Manolis Gyzis,Esq. on Aviation business matters and with Katerina Kambitsi, Esq. on similar issues.
The Collection Department of Pireaus Bank which has shown interest in the Trade Mission business held meetings with representatives of the Mission and the Hermes Expo people. So did the President of Kapa Exchange. Professor Mardas of OPE was very interested in this matter as well, as was attorney Harry Aposto lides. Dr. Andreas Athinaios was the cornerstone of the deal that brought an endowment of $500,000 to Drexel University for Hellenes attending that Philadelphia College to further their studies.
Finally, the Rotary Club of Thessaloniki expressed interest in cooperating with the Rotary Club of Berlin, NJ, and for that purpose, Hermes Expo International President Paul Kotrotsios visited the latter to explore the possibilities of such cooperation with a very optimistic outlook for the future.
Hermes Expo International will take place on March 20-21, 2004.
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