The Second National Leadership 100 Sunday will be observed on Sunday October 17, 2010 in Greek Orthodox parishes across the country, according to Constantine G. Caras, Leadership 100 Chairman and the Chairman of the first observance of National Leadership 100 Sunday in 2009. Caras also announced that he had appointed Michael R. Henry, a member of the Board of Trustees, to be Chairman of the 2010 observance.
The First National Leadership 100 Sunday was observed on the 25th Anniversary of Leadership 100 in hundreds of Greek Orthodox parishes on Sunday, October 18, 2009. The date was chosen as the Sunday prior to the Feast Day of St. Iakovos, a tribute to Archbishop Iakovos of Blessed Memory, the visionary Founder and namesake of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios in response to a proposal by Stephen G. Yeonas, Chairman in 2009, acting on behalf of the Executive Committee.
Last year, parish priests read an Encyclical issued by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios on behalf of the Holy Eparchial Synod and members of Leadership 100 spoke of the 25-year-old mission of the organization founded in 1984 to support the National Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and to advance Orthodoxy and Hellenism in America. Some 70 Parish Chairmen organized programs in the Direct Archdiocesan District of New York and the Metropolises of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, Denver, Atlanta, Detroit, San Francisco and New Jersey. Members of Leadership 100 volunteered to speak in parishes not covered by Parish Chairmen.
Mike Henry has spent his career becoming an expert in consumer marketing, merchandising and product development. In 1997, he founded and served as CEO of Equitec, the first and largest retail optimization analytics firm, which was acquired by Acxiom Corporation, the world’s largest database supplier in 2007. He is CEO and Founder of Vistrio, the nation’s leading travel consumer information supplier, and a partner in 2M Ventures, Eclypse Limited and Nautical Cross.
Henry and his wife, Sofia, have been members of Leadership 100 for the past 6 years, as well as members of the St. Demetrios Church in Rocky River Ohio, along with their son, Michael, and daughter Effie. He was elected to the Leadership 100 Board of Trustees in 2008.