|John Catsimatidis||Nancy Papaioannou, Chairman ~ Atlantic Bank, Division of NYCB|
|Angeliki Frangou||Brian P. Devine, President ~ Norton Rose Fulbright|
|Peter C. Georgiopoulos||Markos Drakotos, Exec. Vice President~ M&N Management Corp.|
|Peter J. Pappas, Sr.||George Zapantis, Vice President ~ Law Office of George N. Zapantis|
|Peter G. Peterson||Athas Ioannou, Treasurer ~ Constantine Designers & Builders|
|William Rudin||Hara Gisholt, Secretary ~ LISCR, LLC.|
|John C. Stratakis, Legal Advisor ~ Poles, Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzalez, LLP|
Board of Directors
|Solomon Asser ~ Tecny Group Inc.||Nick Katsanos ~ Seward & Kissel|
|Thomas H. Belknap Jr. ~ Blank Rome||Louis Katsos ~ Jekmar Associates, Inc.|
|George T. Constantin ~ Heritage Investment Management LLC||Manny Kazanas ~ Cosmopolitan Construction|
|Alex Constantopes ~ Infinite Real Estate Solutions||Chris Koutsis ~ Investors Bank|
|Antony Contomichalos ~ MacArthur Capital, Inc.||Nicholas Koutsomitis ~ Koutsomitis Architects PC|
|James DeMetro ~ New York Greek Film Festival||LeRoy Lambert ~ Charles Taylor P&I Management (Americas), Inc.|
|Stephen Gumpel ~ American Bureau of Shipping||Clay Maitland ~ International Registries, Inc.|
|Christopher Ioannides ~ Balticare, Inc.||Taso Pardalis ~ Pardalis & Nohavicka|
|Anthony Kammas ~ Skyline Risk Management, Inc.||Ted Petrone ~ Navios Corporation|
|George Kapetanakos ~ Southern Star Shipping Co.||George Pierot ~ CIT Bank|
|Kirk Karabelas ~ Alma Bank||Nicholas Sellas ~ Oculus Design & Construction|
|Stamatis A. Ghikas|
Clay Maitland has worked in the shipping industry since graduation from law school in 1968. Clay has been employed by International Registries, Inc. for 37 years and is now a managing partner and an owner of the company, which administers the Marshall Islands Ship Registry – the third largest registry in the world, and which is now one of the best-known yacht registries. He is President of the Trust Company of the Marshall Islands (TCMI), the statutory Maritime Administrator of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Prior to the year 2000, Clay held similar positions with regard to the maritime administration of the Republic of Liberia.
Clay was born in London, England on December 28, 1942. His father was a pilot in Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force, and was lost with his plane, a B25 Mitchell bomber in March of 1943. Clay’s mother was a native New Yorker, and he came with her to the United States in 1946, aboard RMS Queen Elizabeth.
Clay was educated at schools in Connecticut and received his B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1964, and his law degree from New York Law School in 1968. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1969 and became associated with the admiralty law firm of Burlingham Underwood & Lord, where he worked until 1974. After a brief stint as admiralty counsel at Union Carbide Corporation, he joined what is now International Registries, Inc. in 1976.
At that time, IR managed the Liberian ship registry, which was, at the time, the largest in the world by tonnage in number of ships. Founded by former Secretary of State Edward Stettinius, who had been president of U.S. Steel, and during World War II, War Shipping Administrator and then Lend-Lease Administrator, the company included among its early investors, Allen Dulles, Esq., who was then a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Dulles went on to become Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. This company, under the name of Liberian Services Inc. included a bank in Liberia, of which Clay Maitland also became an officer after he joined the company in 1976. The genesis of the Stettinius family investments in Liberia arose when President Roosevelt flew from Casablanca with Mr. Stettinius and other members of his staff, to Monrovia, Liberia in January, 1943, to observe the opening of what was to be a major air base, now Roberts Field.
Since his early years as a Maritime lawyer, starting in 1969, Clay has been involved with a number of philanthropic and professional associations connected with the industry. In addition to those listed above, Clay is on the boards of the Maritime Industry Museum, at Fort Schuyler (SUNY Maritime College) and the King’s Point Maritime Museum, at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He is on the board of directors of the Sea Research Foundation, created by Dr. Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the wreck of RMS Titanic, and which operates among other things the research vessel Nautilus.
Among his other affiliations: Member of the Executive Committee and Director of the Coast Guard Foundation; member of the Board of Directors of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Foundation; Member of the American Bureau of Shipping, and of the National Cargo Bureau; Founding Chairman of the North American Maritime Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA); Chairman Emeritus of the National Maritime Historical Society (publishers of SEA HISTORY magazine); Chairman of the North American Maritime Ministry Association (NAMMA) Industry Advisory Council; board member of the Maritime Industries Academy Foundation (Baltimore Harbor School); New York City Bar Association and Maritime Law Association of the United States; former Chairman of the National Maritime Historical Society; former Chair of the Admiralty Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and of the Committee on Intergovernmental Organizations of the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA). Clay continues to serve as a delegate to the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London. Clay is currently on the Executive Board of the World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden and is a member of the Standing Committee of the Marine Society of the City of New York. He was recently elected Chairman of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce.
He has been a delegate to a number of international maritime conferences, including the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, and at the International Maritime Organization in London.
Clay received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the State University of New York Maritime College in 2006, and was decorated with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Distinguished Public Service Award in 2010, by the present Commandant, ADM Robert J. Papp.
Nancy Papaioannou has worked in the banking industry since 1978 with National Bank of Greece (NBG), in Athens Greece until 1990, when she was transferred to USA, at NBG’s affiliate Atlantic Bank of New York where she remains until today. Since February of 2001, she is the Director and Senior Vice President of the Private Banking and Correspondent Banking Services of Atlantic Bank, today also known as NY Commercial Bank, a division of NYCB family of Banks. Her education includes MBA studies from St. John University, Accounting Degree from Marymount Manhattan College and French Literature from Academie Francaise in Athens Greece.
Louis Katsos has 40 years of major project experience in the New York Real Estate and Construction Management market. A known leader in the industry in New York, he has for 35 years held executive management positions with major Construction Management firms including serving as the Executive Vice President of Tishman Construction Corp. and C.O.O. as well as President of his own firm Jekmar Associates, Inc., a construction and development consulting firm to New York Developers and Owners. Jekmar Associates, Inc. is currently involved in numerous residential, mixed use and hotel projects amounting to over 2.5 million square feet. As Project Executive, he has built over 10 million square feet of high-rise buildings as well as other building types and as a Corporate Executive managed the construction of millions more. He is the Executive Managing Director of the New York Immigration Fund, am EB-5 company, raising foreign investments funds and NYIFund have raised over $250 million for numerous NYC development projects. He is an Executive Board Member of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of its Development and Construction Committee; an Executive Board Member of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce and Chair of its Development, Design & Construction Committee, as well as Chair of the Educational and Cultural Committee. He holds a B.E. in Civil Engineering and an M.B.A., both from NYU, and is a Professor Adjunct at the Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union.
John C. Stratakis is a partner in the law firm of Poles, Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzalez, LLP, which was established in 1957 to service clients in the maritime and real estate industries.
He also serves as a director of Navios Maritime Holdings Inc., a global shipping and logistics company focused on the transport and transshipment of drybulk commodities including iron ore, coal and grain.
Solomon Asser is Founder and Principal of Tecny Group Inc. in New York City, a firm specializing in Design, Construction and Real Estate Development worldwide.
Mr. Asser was born and raised in Athens, Greece, and served in the Greek Navy. He earned a Diploma in Architecture from École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, France and two Master Degrees from Columbia University in New York.
Prior to establishing Tecny Group Inc. in 1990, Mr. Asser worked for Real Estate developers and held several positions with Architectural Firms in the United States and Europe.
His work has been published in Interior Design, Better Homes & Gardens, American Style, Real Estate Weekly, Real Estate Forum, Odyssey Magazine, and other design magazines and trade publications worldwide.
Mr. Asser is fluent in English, French and Greek. Mr. Asser is on the Board of the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce in New York, Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, President of the American Friends of the Jewish Museum of Greece and Member of the Advisory Board of the American Sephardic Federation.
Alex Constantopes is a member of Sacco & Fillas LLP and an attorney licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey as well as various Federal Courts, including the U. S. Supreme Court.
He attended Hofstra University School of Law. Alex Constantopes has been practicing law for 17 years and has focused on Commercial and Residential Real Estate Transactions, Commercial and Consumer Finance Law, Commercial Leasing, Real Estate Law, Land Use and Zoning and Telecommunications Law.
Antony Contomichalos is the founder and President of MacArthur Capital Group, a company established in 1998, now one of the largest owners of retail condominiums in New York City. With a close group of investors, Antony started MacArthur Capital when he identified and acquired several portfolios of under-performing cyclical assets and income producing properties in the greater New York metropolitan area. Since its inception, MacArthur has grown into a private full-fledged long term investment company. Antony is directly responsible for defining and implementing the company’s strategy, identifying investment opportunities, managing its financial assets and overseeing the management of its real estate portfolio. Prior to founding MacArthur, Antony worked for 15 years with Credit Agricole (now Calyon), one of the major international banking groups.
Antony holds a BS in Finance from the American University of Greece and a Master in Applied Economics from the University of Paris IX- Dauphine (France). He is married and has three children.
James DeMetro (Takis Hadzidimitriou), a life-long New Yorker, recently retired after 39 years of teaching composition and literature at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York. He currently holds the title of Professor Emeritus. He is the founding director of the New York City Greek Film Festival and was recently elected Secretary of the HACC Board of Directors.
Nicholas Koutsomitis AIA, is an architect and educator with over 30 years experience in a variety of project types. They include Commercial, Institutional, Hospitality, Residential, Industrial, Restoration and Adaptive Reuse of Landmark structures, both in the US and internationally. He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, where he is also an adjunct associate professor. A registered architect in several states, he is also certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
President, Charles Taylor P&I Management (Americas), Inc., the US representative of the Standard P&I Club, a leading marine liability insurer. Formerly a partner at the law firms of Blank Rome and Healy & Baillie. Member of HACC Board, 2001 to date; President, 2009-2011.
Partner at Mavromihalis, Pardalis & Nohavicka, LLP a New York based full service law firm with an ecclectic caseload including Contract claims, Shareholder/Partner Disputes, Entertainment, Trade Secret/Non-Competition/Non-Solicitation disputes, Construction Litigation, Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Maritime and Discrimination.
Taso has served on the Board of Directors of the HACC since 2007. He served as Secretary on the Executive Board from 2009-2011 and was this year elected to the position of Vice-President making him the youngest executive to hold an officer position within the HACC during which time he has served as:
Founder of the first and largest Hellenic Young Professionals organization in the world (HACC-YP) (2007)
Co-chair of the NYC Greek Film festival in its inception year. (2009)
Founded of the wildly successful committee for Construction, Architecture, Design & Engineering. (2010)
Founded of the newly formed committee for Fashion/Design Professionals. (2010)
Founded of the newly formed committee for Financial and Investment Services Professionals. (2011)
Hara Gisholt grew up in Athens, Greece, until she moved to New York City in 1996. She received her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and was successfully admitted to the New York State Bar in 2004. Hara was later admitted to the United Kingdom Roll of Solicitors in 2010. She is also currently working toward obtaining her Certificate in Business Excellence with Columbia’s Business School in New York City.
Hara has worked in the international shipping/maritime industry since 2006 when she joined the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry, the world’s second largest ship registry, as the Assistant Chief Registrar and Associate Counsel and where she remains until today and currently serves as the Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs.
Tom Belknap is a partner at the law firm Blank Rome LLP in New York and concentrates his practice in the areas of international commercial and insurance litigation and arbitration, with particular emphasis on the maritime industry. Tom was previously a partner with Healy & Baillie LLP. He obtained his J.D. in 1996 from Emory Law School and his B.A. from Tufts University in 1991.
George joined CIT in August 2013 in Originations & Support. Prior to CIT, George Completed his MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School in London, where he graduated with a distinction. George currently also serves on the board of Young Shipping Professionals of New York (YSPNY). George has worked in internships in the maritime industry, including Clarksons, Platou Markets and Dahlman Rose. He has also worked as a consultant to Jacq. Pierot Jr. & Sons Inc., a NY based S&P firm. George Graduated with honors from George Washington University in 2011, and from Packer Collegiate Institute in 2007.