Greek Media Club


Your Subtitle text


We welcome pics. Send images to or

Music on/off on the left


September 2013 at Estate Ultra Bar (10th anniversary party): coverage
September 2013 at Estate Ultra Bar; photos by Helena Rafeyan
Christmas 2012 at National Hellenic Museum; photos by George Merelos
Fall 2011 At Play18Chicago
Summer 2011
  At Vertigo Sky Lounge; photography
Spring 2011
  At Hilligoss Galleries; photography by Steve Starr Studios
Summer 2009
  At Peninsula Hotel; Nick Scoutaris photography
Winter 2008 At Shedd Aquarium; Anna Dav "Shark Tank" documentary screening
Summer 2007 At Peninsula Hotel; Nick Scoutaris, photographer
Summer 2006 At Charmichaels Chicago Steakhouse; N. Scoutaris, photgrapher

Spring 2006 At Drake Hotel; Nick Scoutaris photography

Entrance of the new Museum (photo Dec. 15, 2011 GMC Christmas party). A tax-deductible donation to the Museum will memorialize you or your organization in brick. Checking in with the gals at the front desk is George Andrews (right, standing), former "super-agent" to NBA stars Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas, among many other celebrity sports clients

Our LA "cousin" Ariana Savalas (singing at mic), daughter of late, great actor Telly "Kojak" Savalas, performs at a special GMC event held February 2010 at the Signature Room on the Hancock building's 95th floor. Jimmy Damon (in tux) sang a duet with Ariana. Here he relinquishes the mic for an Ariana solo. This Summer (2011), she released her debut album "Kingdom," a hybrid of pop with a heavy jazz influence. She's also an actress, with a 2011 guest appearance on the hit network legal drama "Criminal Minds," in addition to feature roles in independent films

At the Peninsula outdoor terrace in 2008. (L-R): George Bliss, NBC5's Kim Vatis, FOX32's Lou Canellis, then Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, actress/TV host Patricia Kara, Terry Poulos

At center is our "cousin" Sharon Tyk and to Sharon's left is actor Gary Sinise, star of network TV's "CSI:NY." His former co-star is Melina Kanakaredes. Sharon is a longtime AT&T government relations exec who worked closely with Sinise to help raise $1 million for the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, and the two continue to collaborate on various projects with Sinise and his "Lt. Dan Band," a tribute touring pop music act which raises funds benefiting the USO and military personnel in general. Sinise, who co-founded Chicago's famous Steppenwolf Theatre, played the role of "Lt. Dan" in the blockbuster Hollywood epic "Forest Gump," starring Tom Hanks (Philhellene "cousin")

In 2009, the GMC was visited by longtime NBC5 political commentator Dick Kay (center in orange shirt), now retired from TV and hosting a political talk show on WCPT radio

Akoo International Inc. former chairman Niko Drakoulis (far left) and his entourage toast Greek Film Fest Chicago at our August 2011 GMC event at Vertigo Sky Lounge at Hotel Dana (photo: Also with Niko this night was Akoo's (now past) president, William Campbell (not pictured), who came over from Discovery Channel networks where he served as president. In late Summer 2011,

BELOW: Our co-hosts in August (Vertigo) & October (Play18) in 2011

A pair of these "cousins" beats four aces in any game. At left is luminary about town, celebrity blogger Irene Michaels, and in the purple dress is actress/host Patricia Kara, at the Vertigo Sky Lounge event (photo: You'll find out more about Patricia as you scroll down more. Irene was a regular cast member on the popular daytime soap "General Hospital," and she was once a top model who later became an entrepreneur in owning her own 50-employee modeling agency. Look for more from Irene in the very near future

From posh nightclubs to Play18 Chicago's state-of-the-art indoor golf facility, the GMC is everywhere. At center standing is Dr. Kristine Mighion, a top healthcare consultant to Comcast in the Chicago region and also on-air host of's healthcare executive show. Play18 offers PGA endorsed simulators, club pro instruction, a robotic swing "coach," and a veritable country club lounge atmosphere for special events. It's also the Chicago Loop area's only indoor golf facility

(L-R): Christina Kanatas, Maria Lampros, Play18 owner John Sotos, his mother Elaine Sotos, Toula Georgakopoulos from the National Hellenic Museum, and guest

Our October Play18 function was titled "Sports & Education Night." Stacy Strategakis is one of the top ranking executives within the Chicago Public Schools. Here, she addresses the crowd as Chris Tomaras, Chairman and Founder of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation, looks on

At Play18 (L-R): Auto industry consultant Demetra Markopoulos, publisher of (also 2011 president of the Hellenic Professional Society of Illinois); co-founder Kyriakos Mellos, event/meeting planner Maria Dollas (also EuroCircle Chicago director), and Alex Facklis of Resolution Digital Studios. Frappe, HPSI and EuroCircle collaborated with the GMC on two exclusive events in 2011

Anna Davlantes (center) is flanked by officials from Chicago's world-famous John G. Shedd Aquarium as well as WTTW Channel 11 staffers in 2008 at the advance screening of Anna's Emmy-award winning PBS documentary "Get into the Shark Tank." Anna filmed the lion's share of the documentary while underwater in scuba gear. The screening (and cocktail reception) was held at the Shedd Aquarium and entry was graciously extended to a select number of GMC "cousins." Photo by Nick Scoutaris

Bettina Rousos
got along swimmingly with the sharks. Photo by Nick Scoutaris

(L-R) Attending Anna's documentary sneak preview were then-NBC5 news anchor Warner Saunders, NBC5 news anchor Allison Rosati (a Philhellene "cousin" who's married to a Greek), and Georgine Arvanites. Photo courtesy of Nick Scoutaris

Guests enjoy one of the many Shedd exhibits on display. Photo courtesy of Nick Scoutaris

School of fishies. Pamela Touhy of The Hotel Networks (left) and Remi Gonzales of PCI Inc. PCI serves as PR reps for both the Shedd Aquarium and National Hellenic Museum. Photo courtesy of Nick Scoutaris

NFL Hall of Fame head coach Marv Levy answers a question from GMC co-director George Bliss at Play18. Coach Levy, now retired, led the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances in the early 1990's. He's a noted Philhellene (married to Fran). The Coach was regaling us on his new book "Between the Lies," a work of fiction about the Super Bowl
. In the background is DJ John Grammatis

L-R, GMC co-director Terry Poulos, veteran CBS radio New York news anchor John Metaxas, and comedian Ellen Karis, one of the three "Greek Gods of Comedy" and also a political humorist who's appeared on FOX News Channel on occasion. Terry and Ellen were visiting John at the anchor chair in late December 2012

The famous Radio City Music Hall in New York, from a late December 2012 GMC trek to the Big Apple

Alana Loukas
and her dad Angelo Loukas, who once played for the NFL's Buffalo Bills, at Vertigo (Photo:

                                                "Beatle Tony" Kidonakis stunned on sax at Vertigo. This multi-talented musician is also a university-level professor of music in Chicago

Hollywood legend Olympia Dukakis (left) in 2010 met with our close "cousin" Valerie Gobos, a filmmaker based in Chicago

The multi-talented Bizios sisters at the 2011 launch party for Impulse magazine, a publication focusing on all things Illini (University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana). Katerina in 2012 also began contributing at the Chicago Sun-Times in their Sunday social section. (L-R) Alexandra Bizios, Sofia Spentzas (cousin of the Bizios sisters and debut edition front cover photographer), Katerina Bizios (red dress, Impulse publisher), ABC15 Champaign, IL news anchor Elitsa Bizios, and model Demetra Bizios

Summer 2010 at Wrigley Field, where Elton John and Billy Joel played two magical nights. Pictured above enjoying the show are (surprise) more "cousins." (L-R): Alana Loukas, Stacey Loukas (Wrigleyville Rooftops marketing exec), Harpo Studios associate producer Andrea Dres, and her brother Teddy Dres

Pre-Rocket Launch: Terry Poulos (attempting air guitar) and Connie Pappas Hillman, who's worked for Elton John for 30 years and currently serves as his North American touring agent, about two hours prior to the start of the Elton John-Billy Joel Summer 2010 extravaganza at Wrigley Field. Connie is also married to Chris Hillman, founder of the famous 70's band The Byrds, and her sister is our "cousin" Renee Pappas, formerly married to music industry mogul Jerry Wexler. Music runs deep with these sisters. Renee is now a prominent liaison to the diaspora with Greece's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Jimmy Damon, Julie Savalas (Ariana's mom and an inventor whose products have been featured on QVC), Ariana Savalas, and retired media pro John Papas at a radio appearance one day prior to Ariana's GMC debut at Hancock Tower. Jimmy (passed away in 2013), meanwhile, was once a child prodigy. He was signed at the age of 14 by Sun Records, the same label that had Elvis Presley in its stable of talent. Jimmy is a local legend singer who's recognized nationally and was the subject of a 2010 PBS documentary. His penchant for all-things-Sinatra got him an endorsement from Frank Sinatra himself, who made Jimmy the ONLY singer worldwide to be officially authorized by Sinatra to sing the music of the now late legend crooner during Sinatra's illustrious lifetime

February 2010 atop Hancock Tower: Ariana Savalas is pictured with (L-R) the Lovehammers rock group's Bobby Kourelis (drums), Dino Kourelis (bass), and FOX32 TV entertainment reporter Bessie Tsionis (aka Mrs. Bobby Kourelis as of August 2011)

Enjoying a GMC event at the Parthenon are (L-R) businessman Stephen Scofes, Gold Coast Bank principal Dina Spentzos, and singer John Truncali, a repeat performer at GMC functions

At our 2010 annual "Comp Christmas" event, we had the honor of hosting at the temporary location of the National Hellenic Museum (NHM), which opens its brand new Greektown digs in November 2011. Pictured above are (L-R) Stephanie Anton Vlahakis (then NHM Executive Director), special guest Bruce Dumont (legendary "Beyond the Beltway" sydicated radio host and Chairman/Founder of the Chicago Museum of Broadcast Communications), NHM Curator Bethany Flemming, and retired media pro John Papas, now a volunteer associate with the broadcast museum, nearing its own grand opening in a state-of-the-art facility in the Loop


As the GMC has expanded its reach to film, a few of us jetted to Arizona in May 2010 for the annual National Hellenic Society "Renaissance Weekend" to witness a pair of true media heavyweights (photo at left). On the left is Jim Gianopulos, CEO of FOX Filmed Entertainment and a man who's arguably the most powerful executive in Hollywood. At right is Tony Thomopoulos, former network ABC chief. Gianopulos put together a powerful video presentation at the NHS about the history of the Greek influence in American cinema. Photo courtesy of

At left is famous multi-platinum recording artist Tony Orlando in 2010 at the National Hellenic Society "Renaissance" social weekend in Scottsdale, AZ, where he performed a private concert for the second time before an NHS audience. GMC "cousins" Ariana Savalas (who also sang at the event), Dr. George Korkos (NHS chairman), National Hellenic Museum executive director Stephanie Vlahakis, author/publisher John Vlahakis, public policy adviser Endy Zemenides (also an NHS board member), Marilyn and Dr. Chad Prodromos, singers Stephany and Lexy Prodromos, and Terry Poulos all attended, as did Patricia Kara in previous years - all of whom got to `tie one on' with the "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" singer. In 2011, comedian/political satirist Ellen Karis was a headliner. Other media types in recent years who've attended NHS social weekend festivities: KRON TV (San Francisco bay area) news reporter Vickie Liviakis, Odyssey magazine publisher Art Dimopoulos (also an NHS board member), Salt Lake City Weekly publisher John Saltas, The Hellenic Voice (Boston) executive editor John Baglaneas, Hellenic Journal (San Francisco) publisher Frosene Phillips, NYU medical center communications director Dorie Klissas (former longtime producer for NBC's "Today" show and the "CBS Evening News"), Radio Olympus host Artemis Skenteris Dimopoulos, Dr. Archelle Georgiou (Fox News-Minneapolis medical consultant), TV producer/director Peter Siagas, as well as Alexandria Marcus and Roberta Economides, administrators of the Greek American social media site (an NHS property). Orlando is half Greek and half Puerto Rican and expressed to us his pride for both his ethnic origins. Photo courtesy of The not-for-profit organization acts as a benefactor for the National Hellenic Museum, provides funding to send students to Greece on educational excursions, and generally supports various other endeavors within the national Greek American community

Formerly #9 on "Deal or No Deal," our close "cousin" Patricia Kara, an actress/TV host  whose credits include Extra!, TV Guide Channel, E! Entertainment's "Wild On" series, host of the annual Catherine Zeta Jones "red carpet" charity event, and much more. Stock PR photo

Terry Poulos (left) with famous TV soap opera actor John Aniston in 2009 at the NHS social weekend, this one held in West Palm Beach, FL. We asked John (aka "Victor Kyriazis" on TV) to send our best "cousins" wishes to Jennifer, his daughter. John is a regular at NHS events. Photo courtesy of

(Left photo): Susanna Negovan, editor of the "Splash" supplement to the Chicago Sun-Times,, is pictured with singer Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, at a Soundstage Chicago taping. (Right photo): WGN radio 720-AM newscaster and occasional host Andrea Darlas

Celebrity chef Jimmy Banos and TV personality Jane Monzures at a GMC event held in 2004 at Jimmy's posh eatery Heaven on Seven. Jimmy and his son Jimmy Banos Jr. (The Purple Pig restaurant) co-host a weekly radio show on food and Jimmy has been a regular on many local radio and TV shows, beginning to get some national recognition as well

NBC5's Kim Vatis, a close "cousin" since day one of our little circle of "cousins," hams it up with her daughter Dakota mid-2000's. Kim is an anchor/reporter and she also hosts the weekly show "Your Money." And yes, we do love the occasional B&W pic!!

Chicago guys: Former NBC5 political commentator Dick Kay enjoys a Parthenon event with GMC event singers John Truncali (left) and Jimmy Damon (right)

Lexy (left) and Stephany Prodromos are repeat performers at GMC events. In September 2011, the teenage operatic phenoms performed in Scottsdale, AZ before a private audience at the
National Hellenic Society's
"Renaissance Weekend." Here, they wow the crowd at the GMC's 2010 Christmas party

Maria Karamitsos, associate editor of The Greek Star newspaper and "Mommy Diaries" blogger, shows off her moves learned from her days as a young Greek dance troop member. The photo is from an event held at the famous Harry Caray's Restaurant in 2008. "Cousin" George Bliss is on the mic in background, doing his best `Greek Idol' Simon Cowell impersonation. A self-described "audiophile," George was a longtime IBM IT and sales guru, currently toils for a large petroleum products firm and for years has dabbled in radio at WJJG, The Score sportsradio, and others

Our west coast "cousins" Jerry Walker (Sideris) and his daughter Kelly Walker on vacation in Hawaii. Jerry was Director of Communications for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers during the Joe Montana/Jerry Rice glory years. He was with the Niners for their 4 Super Bowl victories. Today, he's president of Signature FUN-Raising, a business which coordinates charitable fundraisers for various entities, including the Niners, in San Francisco and all along the West Coast. In 2013, we was named the official Team Archivist for the 49ers

George Bliss
, guest, WIND 560-AM morning radio co-host Amy Jacobson, and media/PR pro Marina Lambropoulos

Christopher Ganos
and his wife Alexa Ganakos Ganos, publisher of Greek Circle magazine, a Midwest quarterly glossy based in Chicago and Kenosha, WI. They run the magazine together as a team. Alexa is also a marketing associate

Sisters Vasiliki Mitrakos (left) and Anthe Mitrakos at the GMC's 2010 Christmas party. Vasiliki is studying at Northwestern University and also works for a Tribune-owned publication, among other media-related activities. Anthe is a Loyola University journalism grad who's been a health care industry reporter for Crain's Chicago Business. Anthe is also the president and co-founder of the Ariston Foundation Scholarships

Hey that's our wheelin'-dealin' "cousin" Kosta Zografopoulos - 2004 Athens Olympics Torchbearer (pictured in the St. Louis, MO stretch of the US torch run), entrepreneur and business owner, motivational speaker, founder of the Kosta Z Foundation, and champion for those who are physically challenged

The Runners
statue, unveiled in the Fall of 2011 at O'Hare Airport's International Terminal. Artist is Theodoros Papayiannis

Our "cousin" Vickie Kozonis and her father Dimitri Kozonis stand in front of the Runners pre-unveiling. Dimitri served as Chairman of the project. He's also Chairman of the Chicago-Athens Sister Cities International Committee. Vickie earned a masters degree in digital cinematography and has worked for a number of outlets in producing/editing

(L-R) Fred Booras (RDS Studios), Lee Facklis (co-owner of Resolution Digital Studios), and Alex Facklis (IT pro) enjoy the scene at the Parthenon's Bouzouki Lounge

(L-R): Terry Poulos, JAM Productions co-founder Arny Granat, and John Vlahakis during the GMC's June 2011 event at Resolution Digital Studios. Arny is holding a copy of John's new book "Green Bites," a primer on all things ecological. John. founder/president of Earth Friendly Products, discussed his debut tome and signed copies at the event. JAM is the nation's largest concert promoter

GMC event at the Parthenon c. 2007 (L-R) IT pro Alex Facklis (also former Northwestern University radio host/programmer), actress/model Georgine Arvanites, Annette Konstantellos, and guest

(L-R) WIND host Geoff Pinkus, sidekick Frank "eboy" Mahony, and George Bliss at a live remote broadcast at a neighborhood tavern, classic Chicago radio fare! Geoff now hosts a daily morning show on 1530-AM WCKG

Internationally recognized dance choreographers Melissa Thodos (left) and Ann Reinking. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Mann

Another Parthenon pic (we've been there for four events). (L-R) Christina Kanatas, Louis Apostol (Executive Director of the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board), and marketing exec Karen Freese

Radio host Theo McClendon ("Theo the Thinker") of WLTH 1370-AM, guest (in middle), and on-air personality Emilee McKendall of WVON 1690-AM (far right) at our 2010 Christmas event at the old National Hellenic Museum facility

On the rooftop of Pegasus in Greektown with Terry Poulos in the Summer of 2007, Tina Manikas visits the GMC. Tina is a top brand marketing VP with Draft Fcb Chicago, one of the leading advertising media conglomerates in the world

Everybody Opa!! Our longtime "cousins" Bill Demis (left) and Eldon Ham. Bill was formerly the front-man for the Aristons, once perhaps the nation's second-biggest Greek American band. Today, Bill plays with the Hellenic Five orchestra and he's also in the printing business. Eldon is an attorney, retired media agent, and author of four books on sports. He's also a legal analyst for WSCR "The Score" sportsradio Chicago

(L-R) Greek concert promoter Anna Housakos; guest, City of Chicago architect Art Andros (also an internet radio host who's appeared multiple times on WGN TV as the outrageous Greek comedian Joe Matsokapetros); and Toula Georgakopoulos, formerly the director of external affairs for the National Hellenic Museum

Bill Kanatas, owner of Solarvision, is surrounded by blonde kouklas!! Christina Kanatas (left) is his sister and she's also a longtime GMCer who helped many of us get to Greece for decades while at Olympic Airlines. At right is "cousin" Maria Lampros, who's volunteered on countless benefit committees in the Chicago Greek community

Harvey Daniels (left), Bettina Rousos, and a GMC guest. Harvey and Bettina are a good cross-section of the GMC - professionals in the business world who also have a creative, communicative bent. Harvey, currently with the Federal Reserve Bank, was once a top recruiter with the American Medical Association in Chicago, where - among other personnel analysis - he also scouted writers and editors for JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association). He also plays in a tribute pop/rock band on weekends. Bettina works for a human resource consulting firm and has also been a film actress

Roger Keys
(far left) is pictured with Harvey Daniels (center) and guest at the Summer 2008 GMC event held at the Peninsula Hotel. Roger is a longtime ABC radio senior account rep who went on to found his own media consulting firm, Marketing Keys

(L-R) George Bliss, web developer Damon Popovich, communications professor Voula Popovich, Dr. Dino Tatooles, and the now late matriarch of Chicago's ethnic Greek journalism community from the 1970's through 2000, Antigone Lambros (Hellenic Interlude radio)

"Cousin Christmas 2010": (L-R): George Bliss, Yiannis Valsamis (executive director of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation), Dimitra Bizios (model), Sofia Spentzas (photographer, Spiral Art Design), Elitsa Bizios (ABC15 Champaign, IL news anchor), and Terry Poulos

National Hellenic Museum president (2011) Aristotle Halikias is flanked by sisters Maren Karras (left) and Alex Karras, both PR and marketing pros. Alex also recently authored a children's book 

"Cousin" Kiki Vale (right photo) has been around the Chicago radio dial, including most of the major networks, as a newscaster and personality. Now a mom of three, she still finds time to blog on entertainment and other issues, and as of early 2012 was in the midst of launching a satellite radio show. She keeps a special eye toward cinema

Filmmaker Niko Franghias, also the president of Greek Film Fest Chicago, with Zizi Papacharisi, Chairman of the Communications Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Zizi, a Ph.D professor, is also an expert on social media

(L-R): Restauranteur Edwin Rios, Joseph Nebolsky de Ochoa (proprietor of Potosi Imports, a GMC wine sponsor), and Hilligoss Galleries owner Tom Hilligoss, who hosted the GMC in February, 2011 at his opulent `Mag Mile' retail art facility

Hilligoss galleries resident artist Rasa Kluonius stands in front of one of her masterpieces at our February 2011 event. Rasa is one of the foremost fine art portrait painters in Chicago

Enjoying the scene at Hilligoss Galleries are (L-R) Alex Kountoures (twice a GMC venue host at SpecSource), filmmaker Valerie Gobos, comedian/host Art Andros, Chicago Magazine account rep Anna Keys, and Nick Avgerinos, an attorney/businessman who once served as CEO of Antenna Satellite's online interactive division in Greece

Left photo: A pair of literary heavyweights - the Tribune's John Kass and famous author Harry Mark Petrakis, the quintessential chronicler of the American immigrant experience. Photo at right: Attorney Darcy Bouzeos, owner of DLB Ltd., a sports and entertainment marketing firm and speakers' bureau, on the left. Darcy was once a top legal adviser to the "Oprah Winfrey Show.,  and a former broadcast agent for baseball legend Harry Caray, among other media personalities. At right is former actress Toni Callas, a longtime GMC "cousin"

Treasure Island foods co-founder Frank Kamberos, who ran The Greek Star newspaper for decades and is also a Vice Chairman of the National Hellenic Museum, and Chicago Sun-Times "Splash" editor Susanna Negovan at a United Hellenic American Congress event honoring Greek Americans in the media c. 2005

Kimberly Kozlowski
and Greg Alexopoulos, pictured at our Motel Bar event, met at a previous GMC event and later married. Greg is an IT guy by trade but he also previously co-hosted a weekly sports radio talk show on the former WCBR-FM

GMC co-director Maria Karamitsos, also associate editor of The Greek Star newspaper, and Illinois Department of Transportation official Roy Dolgos, at the time the executive director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

"Cousins Christmas" at the Parthenon in Greektown c. 2006. (L-R): Lisa Stamos (editor of Quintessential Barrington magazine), Gayle Stellas, former WGN TV producer Mike Adinamis, and Jim Kezios, director of the syndicated TV show "Pro Football Weekly"

Suzanne Velonis (right) is a savvy PR veteran with HY Connect and a longtime "cousin"

October 2011, Anna Davlantes and her husband David Gamperl pause for a photo with Yiannis Valsamas (far right), executive director of the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation

Filmmaker Jenna Constantine (center) with her daughters at a GMC event. Jenna's production company filmed, among other projects, Spirit of the Chicago Greeks, a documentary which won an award at the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival in France!

"Big Lee" Roupas (aka the "Card Hard Man") works for the Illinois Liquor Control Commission and is their spokesmodel for the campaign to prevent minors from alcohol consumption. "Cousin" Lee is also a fitness book author, personal fitness trainer, motivational speaker, and natural bodybuilder

Steve Kashul (leaning on golf club) is a sportsman for all seasons. During the NBA season, he serves as pre and post-game radio host on the Bulls' flagship station WMVP AM-1000. But his passion is golf. For the past 20 years, he's been the producer and host of "The Golf Scene," a weekly show televised on Comcast SportsNet. Here, he's pictured on the links at Kemper Lakes in Killdeer, IL, where he serves as membership director

A few of us "cousins" met famous Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis prior to his concert at the Holiday Star Plaza in Merrilville, Indiana c. 2006. (L-R) Terry Poulos, writer and TV host Gloria Besbekis, Mario Frangoulis, TV producer Nick Mantis, and George Bliss

Flash mob alert!! Spontaneous dance is no rare sight at GMC events, including this particular holiday gathering at the Parthenon's Bouzouki Lounge. Owners Chris and his daughter Yianna Liakouris have been special "cousins" to the GMC, helping out on many occasions and being a big part of the "go" in ChicaGO Greeks!!

At a GMC event held at Costas Restaurant c. 2006. (L-R): Guest, John Koudounis (middle, since appointed global head of securities at Mizuho, a Japanese financial conglomerate and one of the world's top 10 largest banks), and SpecSource owner Alex Kountoures, host of two past GMC events at the Merchandise Mart

Dean Richards
(blue shirt, at center) is one of Tribune Company's chief entertainment analysts. He critiques film and stage productions for WGN TV and radio, in addition to highlighting various musical acts

Our late "cousin" Gloria Besbekis, a Bes-Beacon of light atop the roof of Pegasus restaurant at a 2007 GMC event. Gloria, a marketing consultant by trade, was also a longtime fixture in the Chicago Greek American community as host of "Grecian Spotlite" on Panos Productions TV. In addition, she penned a monthly entertainment column for The Greek Press newspaper. Sadly, Glo succumbed to illness in the late 2000's, leaving us much, much too soon

Veteran newsman Sotiris Rekoumis of The Chicago Greek Hours (left) is pictured with entrepreneur and philanthropist Chris Tomaras, founder of  Kronos Gyros and the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation. "Cousin" Sotiris and his wife Paula, through their daily radio show and weekly newspaper Omogenia, are among the chief chroniclers of the Greek American experience in the Midwest

More Play18 "cousins" (L-R) Ann Kostopanagiotou (2012 president of the American Marketing Association), new media pro John Karantonis, and guest

Rock stars!! Bass player Dimitri Kontos and lead singer Kim "KK" of the rock band F.H.O.D. enjoy the scene at a 2006 GMC event at Melvin B's. Harvey Daniels (right) plays drums for a different band - a tribute rock band - on weekends

Our "cousins" Amy Rantis and George Sefer (actual cousins in real life as well) at a 2007 event held at the old Costas in Greektown, since burned down in a tragic fire

At Play18 in October 2011 (L-R) Attorney Tina Tsatsoulis, Menia Poulios (account rep at TimeOut Chicago magazine), PR and media pro Marina Lambropoulos, former "Springer" show staffer Jennifer Zarachlioutis, and attorney Athena Farmakis

At Play18 (L-R): Phil Bouzeos (president of the National Hellenic Invitational Basketball Tournament and former Champion sports apparel account exec), student-athlete Debbie Bouzeos, Lynn Bouzeos, and Chris Tomaras

  * event book sponsors George and Patty Loukas

New book, out in 2011, by our "cousin" Marv Levy, Hall of Fame NFL coach who led the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls in the early 90's. Marv was the featured guest at Play18 Chicago for our October 2011 event in conjunction with the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation. Click here for book excerpts printed by the Chicago Sun-Times

`The dark night', Trump Tower c. 2009. (L-R), George Bliss, Terry Poulos, and special guest, Chicago native turned Hollywood car guru George Barris, "The King of Customizers." He's written a book on cars he custom built for various celebrities, including Elvis and Farah Faucett. Barris is most popularly known as the designer/creator of the concept for the original TV series Batmobile. He was visiting the annual World of Wheels exhibit at McCormick Place to sign autographs for fans coming to see the Batmobile

Park Hyatt Hotel c. 2009 (L-R): Photographer Sofia Spentzas, George Bliss, and cosmetics and makeup artist Tasia Apostolopoulos

Colleen Swetlik
with Mike Poulos, Journal & Topics film critic, at Play18. It appears Mike is on the verge of giving us the thumbs up

Friendly "cousin" greeters at the front door of Play18 in October 2011, Vivian Haritos from the PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation and George Bliss Jr., law student

The Greek Media Club logo at right, designed by our "cousin" Anastasia Athans-Stothoff, owner of Insight Design Solutions. Accentuating the Greek key in conjunction with the simplistic sensibility of lower case g and c. Anastasia graciously offered her services gratis for the cause. Pretty snazzy, if we may thump our chests for one brief moment. The logo was inspired by 1) The very first form of written media (a stone carving, ours done in marble for Greco-Romanistic effect) and 2) The ancient Greeks, whose public square was the first organized gathering place for the unencumbered exchange of free thought and concepts extolling individuality and entrepreneurial spirit, which ultimately led to an explosion in Western culture, the rule of law, and the modern free world we now inhabit


GMC custom wine label by Insight Design Reserve, a secondary concern of our artisan designer "cousin" Anastasia Athans-Stothoff. Novelty commemorative bottles are provided to GMC sponsors in appreciation of their generosity

Specialty niche keytags courtesy of master craftsman Panos Fiorentinos of Kantyli Greek Gifts

GMC co-director George Bliss (at the mic) in his radio element. George produces and hosts an online streaming radio show devoted to music, and he also dabbles in more traditional radio at numerous outlets in the area of news/talk

GMC co-director Terry Poulos at the British Museum in London (October 2011) standing next to a scale model of the (intact) Parthenon. Flanking him on the side walls are the original Parthenon Marbles, all-too-commonly referred to by most media (in modern times) as the quote "Elgin Marbles." In ancient times, these works of intricate, ornate art used to adorn the outer rim just under the Parthenon's roof (called the Frieze). After centuries of war and strife, these masterpieces were pillaged and later sold on the oft-unregulated global antiquities market, ultimately winding up in the possession of Lord Elgin of England. There has been a large-scale effort during the past few years to have the marbles returned to their rightful home. The marbles tell an elaborate story, hence their mention here as "media"

Pete, official GMC mascot and COO of Newspaper Procurement

Website Builder