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AHI Hands Out Hellenic Heritage Achievement Awards

From left: Nick Larigakis, Constantine Galanis, Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, George Economou, and Ilias Malevitis

The 11th annual AHI-Athens Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner, held on May 27 at the Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens, Greece, honored Constantine Galanis and the ACS Athens-American Community Schools.
More than 270 AHI friends and supporters attended the dinner at The Grande Bretagne. U.S. Ambassador to Greece David Pearce provided the keynote address. In his address, he spoke about Greek-Americans relations and the United States’ desire to play a role in stabilizing Greece during the economic crisis. “We encourage Greece to continue to work closely and collaboratively with European and IMF partners, to implement credible and concrete reforms that make the economy more competitive, productive, and open to trade and investment, such reforms will be important to unlocking new financial assistance to help Greece through its current equity crisis and beyond,” he said.
“We continue to encourage support projects that will increase Greek and EU energy security, reduce dependence on one supplier of gas, increase competition and reduce prices for consumers,” he added. “AHI not only focuses on public policy, but on achievements on individuals and institutions that strengthen ties between the U.S. and Greece.”
Furthermore, the ambassador expressed his pride that the ACS Athens-American Community Schools was being honored that night for maintaining the American scholarly model in Greece.
“We congratulate our honorees and commend them for their excellence in their respective sector of industry and their contributions to society,” AHI president NickLarigakis said. “We are delighted this special event, now in its eleventh year, continues to grow. We would like to thank the AHI-Athens Chapter for its hard work.”
Constantine Galanis

Constantine Galanis is the CEO of Apollo S.A., one of the largest chemical manufacturers of Mexico. He migrated from Patras, Greece, to the USA at the age of 14 along with his family. Due to the lack of job opportunities in Greece and the junta regime, his family decided to cross the Atlantic and look for new life prospects.
After getting his degree, Galanis was hired by private company Apollo S.A., which is an Industrial Organic Chemicals Manufacturer currently based in Toluca, Mexico. For the past 12 years, Galanis has been CEO of the company and his challenge is always to grow it even further.

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