The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) celebrated its 37th Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement And National Public Service Awards over a splendid dinner last Saturday at the Capital Hilton in Washington.
During the event five outstanding Greek-Americans were presented with the awards:
- Kary Antholis, the President of Home Box Office Miniseries, which is responsible for the development and production of entertaining TV series in the worldwide famous HBO channel
- E.J. “Mike” Eliiott, successful industrialist of Cretan descent and chairman of Gencor Industries Inc.
- Representative Niki Tsongas in the Fifth Congressional District of Massachusetts
- Sotirios J. Vahaviolos, PhD, founder, chairman and CEO of MISTRAS Group Inc., who is a well known supporter of environmental security measures applied to major industrial and public works and projects around the world.
- Tom C. Korologos, adviser of the DLA Piper law firm and former US Ambassador to Belgium
The program of the event was presented by the economic editor of the TC channel CBS, Alexis Christoforous, while the awards were presented to the honorees by the President of the American Hellenic Institute Foundation, Spiro Spireas, PhD, and the President and CEO of the American Hellenic Institute, Nick Larigakis, in the presence of the founder of the Institute, Eugene Rossides, and the prominent lawyer and high ranking member of the Board of Directors of the Institute, Nicholas G. Karambelas.
Other prominent figures attending the awards dinner included the Greek Ambassador to the USA, Vassilis Kaskarelis, the Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the USA, Paul Anastasiadis, the US coordinator and President of the Council of Hellenes Abroad, Theodoros Spyropoulos, the President of the Hellenic American National Council, Paul Kotrotsios.
Tom C. Korologos
|United States Ambassador to Belgium|
|In office |
July 14, 2004 – 2007
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Stephen Brauer|
|Succeeded by||Sam Fox|
|Born||April 6, 1933 |
Salt Lake City, Utah
Early life, education, and early career
A second generation Greek American, Tom has family origins from Tyros, Arcadia, and Greece. His parents Chris T. Korologos and Irene M. Kolendrianos, are both immigrants from Arcadia, in the Peloponnese region. His father was a bartender in Utah.
Korologos started out as a journalist with The Salt Lake Tribune. Later he worked for the New York Herald Tribune, theLong Island Press, and the Associated Press. He was a U.S. Air Force officer from 1956 to 1957. He earned his B.A. degree at the University of Utah in 1956, and a M.S. degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1958 where he received the Grantland Rice Fellowship and a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship.
From 1962 to 1971 he worked for U.S. Senator Wallace F. Bennett of Utah. He served in the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford presidential administrations from 1971 to 1975, and has worked closely with Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He was co-founder of Timmons & Company, a Washington, DC consulting firm. He has been involved in more than 300 U.S. Senate confirmations including assisting Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, Vice President Gerald Ford, Supreme Court Justices: William Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, and nominee Robert Bork, as well as several cabinet secretaries, including: Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig, and Donald Rumsfeld.
Korologos has had a wide and varied Washington, D.C. experience. He has served as a senior staff member in the U.S. Congress, as an assistant to two Presidents in the White House, was a prominent businessman, and most recently was a senior counselor with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Baghdad. In addition, he was a long-time member of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy and a charter member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors that has jurisdiction over all non-military U.S. Government radio and TV broadcasting overseas. He currently is strategic advisor at DLA Piper in Washington, D.C.
Non-profit board memberships
- The Choral Arts Society of Washington
- Meridian International Center
- The National Security Agency advisory board
- The Aspen Institute/Rockefeller Foundation Commission on Reform of the Appointment Process
- Layalina Broadcasting
Korologos was married to Joy G. Korologos, the couple had three children, Paula, Ann and Philip. Paula Lisbe, one of their daughters, is an actress. Joy died from melanoma in 1997. Tom re-married, to Ann McLaughlin Korologos, who was United States Secretary of Labor in the [[Ronald Reagan] administration who serves on the boards of several major companies. Tom is an avid, and professional photographer who is represented by the Ann Korologos Gallery in Basalt, Colorado.