James Kokotas, takes Oath of Office, as newly-elected Supreme Vice President.
The delegates of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (Order of AHEPA), the leading service association for the nation’s millions of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes, elected George E. Loucas of Novelty, Ohio, Supreme President, and James Kokotas of Brooklyn, New York, Supreme Vice President at the 96th Annual Supreme AHEPA Convention, Atlantic City, New Jersey, on July 26, 2018. Formal installation ceremonies were held July 27, 2018. Both Loucas and Kokotas are members of Leadership 100, as is the Order of AHEPA and two of its chapters.
A pharmacist and 3rd generation lawyer, Loucas comes from an AHEPA legacy of leaders. His grandfather, George, served as Supreme President in 1959. As Supreme President, Loucas’s responsibilities include being the chief executive officer and principal spokesperson of the entire AHEPA domain, which includes chapters in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Kokotas is a restaurant owner who has been long involved in AHEPA, holding many leadership positions in his local chapter and nationally.
Upon his election, Loucas said, “The need to provide community service and humanitarian assistance is ongoing, both in the United States and abroad, as we have witnessed with the deadly and devastating wildfires in Greece.” He added that he will head to Greece in September to assess how best to aid the victims. “I am eager to work with our AHEPA family, and the diaspora, to address this crisis, as well as other challenges that may come our way.”
Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, on the principles that undergirded its fight for civil rights and against discrimination, bigotry, and hatred felt at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
AHEPA’s mission is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence through community service and volunteerism.