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On Friday night HACCI recognised the best and brightest of the Hellenic Australian community at our 2017 HACCI Excellence Awards Gala Ball.

Recognised as the premier business and community awards for the Hellenic Australian community, the HACCI Excellence Awards acknowledge and reward organisations and individuals that have achieved excellence over seven categories. 
With over 410 guests at the decadent Plaza Ballroom, it was a magical night of celebrating success, cultural entertainment, dancing and socialising.  

We are incredibly proud of this year’s winners (below) who represent the best and brightest of our community and embody the excellence we seek to recognise through these awards. 

HACCI Board and award winners (top l - r): Tas Papas(HACCI Board), Alex Ninis (HACCI Board), (middle l-r) Peter and Manny Gelagotis (Sporting Excellence), Eleni Glouftsis  (Young Achievement), John Kallitsas (Professional Excellence), Kosta Kangelaris (HACCI Board), (bottom l-r) Georgegina Poulos (HACCI Chair), Harry Stamoulis (HACCI Council), Andreas Andrianopoulos (Lifetime Achievement), Nepoleon Perdis (Business Excellence), Angela Mentis (Women of Influence), Sia Karapanagiotidis (accepting on behalf of Kon Karapanagiotidis - Community Service), Fotini Kypraios (HACCI Board), Arthur Baoustanos (HACCI Board). 
The Spiros Stamoulis Award for Lifetime Achievement – Andreas Andrianopoulos
Born in the village of Pirkerni, Arcadia, Greece, Andreas Andrianopoulos arrived in Melbourne on 9 September 1955 and has illustrated the traits of an honest and hardworking immigrant who is now recognised as a well-regarded fuel industry businessman.  His success has originated from his strong relationship-building skills and the ability to negotiate with corporate business minds and personalities, his fierce creative spirit, his deep passion for success and his profound respect and tenacious care for his family, his employees and all of his partners in the corporate world. These successful attributes have led him to transform a backyard motor workshop into one of the most influential BP Petrol and Convenience businesses with BP Service Centres now located across Melbourne’s major motorways. On his way to success Andreas Andrianopoulos has been very supportive and generous to both the Greek and Australian communities, and as achieved the advancement if the Greek name within the local, national and international communities, as well as the corporate world. He is passionate about his heritage and he has made a positive impact in the Hellenic Australian Community through his ongoing personal involvement and financial support of various Hellenic groups and communities. Since the passing of his beloved wife Sophia to cancer, his company has proudly supported the McGrath Foundation with a total donation of $450,000 over 3 years and has recently signed an agreement to pledge the same amount over the next 3 years. He has been supporting the Salvation Army for over 30 years and has been involved with World Vision since 1986 where he has sponsored more than 100 children. He is immensely humble, and much of his tireless community work has taken place away from the spotlight.
The Award for Sporting Excellence, awarded by Heidelberg United Football Club – Peter and Manny Gelagotis
For over 10 years Peter and Manny Gelagotis have been champion racehorse trainers. They are currently training 60 horses from two locations in Gippsland, Victoria. They have trained over 10 Group winners, including two Group 1 victories in recent years with champions Mourinho and Malaguerra. Gelagotis Racing is recognised as one of Australia’s most respected horse trainers at an international level and was recently invited to participate in the 2018 World Cup meeting in Dubai with Malaguerra, the richest race day in the world.
The Bank of Sydney Award for Business Excellence – Napoleon Perdis
Napoleon Perdis’ name is synonymous with passion and glamour. He is the founder and face of a major global cosmetics brand, which has continued to innovate for two decades. During this time Napoleon Perdis has never lost sight of his main focus: the customer, which he refers to as his ‘empress’. With 85 concept stores, more than 100 department store counters, and over 750 independent stockists, his company is Australia’s leading makeup brand and the epitome of luxury, education and glamour.

The Award for Community Service, awarded by Pronia – Kon Karapanagiotidis (accepted by his mother, Sia Karapanagiotidis) 
Kon Karapanagiotidis has been a human rights advocate for the past 25 years. As a lawyer, social worker and teacher he has worked at the coalface with communities experiencing the impact of inequality and oppression of people seeking asylum, to Indigenous Australians, to survivors of sexual abuse and the homeless. His unwavering commitment to social justice derives from his parents' experiences of discrimination and exploitation, and his own personal experiences of racism growing up in Australia. At 28, he founded the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in 2001.  At the time, he was a lawyer lecturing in welfare studies at Victoria University of Technology. Established in the space of 8 weeks as a class project whilst he was a teacher, the ASRC has now become Australia’s largest organisation helping people seeking asylum in Australia, providing aid, justice and empowerment programs to asylum seekers living in the community seeking refugee protection, as well as assisting them to prepare for employment to enter the Australian workforce through the ASRC social enterprise services. Close to 15,000 people have now been helped via a team of over 1200 volunteers and 125 staff who deliver 36 life changing programs, all without a cent of Federal Government funding.
The Award for Professional Excellence, awarded by M+K Lawyers – John Kallitsas
Throughout his career John Kallitsas has constantly challenged himself and his peers. It is this that has enabled him to persistently innovate in his field. He holds an Honours Degree in Arts and a Masters of International Business from the University of Melbourne and has held a number of senior corporate roles in Caltex Oil Australia, ABN AMRO and BMW Australia.  In 1999 John founded Diplomatic Privileges of Australia (DPoA), which was established to address the specific needs of the diplomatic community in Australia.  In his role as the Managing Director of DPoA, he has tailored services and products to meet the ever changing diplomatic needs of his clientele.  In its current form, the group owns and operates LeaseMasters, a specialised lease and fleet management organisation, and Salary Masters, an administrative services company supporting payroll functions and salary packaging client requirements across all FBT Type client groups. In 2014 he acquired Ktena Knitting Mills and transformed it into what Merino & Jumbuck is today. A firm commitment to establishing a robust Australian textile manufacturing entity has brought together a team of committed business, branding and marketing professionals to support the Merino & Jumbuck position as a strong Australian Manufacturer and employer with an International reach.

The Chris Saristavros Award for Young Achievement – Eleni Glouftsis 
Eleni Glouftsis began umpiring Australian rules football in 2006 when she was in Year 9, and in 2013 she became the first female to officiate as a field umpire in a State League Football match (SANFL - North Adelaide vs Glenelg). In 2016, she became the first female field umpire to take charge of an AFL match at any level, at a Carlton vs Essendon pre-season game.  In almost 120 years of VFL and AFL history, a woman had never officiated at the elite level of Australian rules football. This year Eleni became the first female to officiate as a Field Umpire in an AFL Premiership match (Essendon vs West Coast).  She has now umpired 5 AFL Matches.

The inaugural Award for Women of Influence, awarded by the Melbourne Business School – Angela Mentis
Angela Mentis has almost 30 years experience in business, retail and institutional banking and wealth management. A high achiever and inspirational leader, she has reached formidable heights in the banking and finance sector, holding countless senior management positions. Since December 2016 Angela has served as a director for Bank of New Zealand and is a Business Champion for the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan, an initiative which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. Angela Mentis has recently been appointed as the CEO of Bank of New Zealand, which will be effective from 1 January 2018.
Full bios for all our award winners can be found here. A big thank you to our main partner, Bank of Sydney. 


HACCI was pleased to announce an exciting new initiative with Hellenic Power at the 2017 HACCI Excellence Awards Gala Ball.  

This new alliance aims to offer businesses better electricity rates with a portion of proceeds supporting Hellenic Australian community projects. 

Hellenic Power has teamed up with a number of electricity retailers to offer great rates to consumers. At no cost to you, Hellenic Power will review your current electricity rates and let you know if it can offer you a better deal. 
Hellenic Power will receive a commission on all successful transfers, with HACCI receiving a portion of the proceeds to be invested in community initiatives. 

This unique alliance provides benefits to HACCI members and friends as energy customers as well as to the community. 

Hellenic Power can currently operate in VIC, NSW, ACT, QLD and SA. We encourage you to support Hellenic Power and to let your networks know about this opportunity to secure a better electricity rate and play an active part in supporting our community. 

Find Hellenic Power here to register your details and they will be in contact with you. Also like them on Facebook and Instagram


A delegation of Greek Health industry professionals will conduct a conference and information sessions about the growing Health Tourism Industry, on Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 November, at the Greek Centre in Melbourne.

The President of the Hellenic Medical Association, Mr Giorgos Patoulis, will be attending the conference along with the Heads of many of the major medical faculties. This is the first time such a visit is taking place. Memorandums of Association will also be signed by relevant bodies at the conference.

Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Mr George Katrougalos will also visit Melbourne to attend the conference.

Victorian MP’s have been invited to attend each event, together with the Ambassador of Greece to Australia Ms Aikaterini Xagorari and the Consul General of Greece Ms Simantiraki.

On the Sunday evening the Greek Community will be hosting the visiting minister, delegation and key members of Melbourne Greek-Australian business and community representatives at dinner.

For more details visit the Greek Community website or take a look at the program here.


Over the past three years the HACCI Young Professionals Network has run a highly successful mentoring program, pairing young Hellenic Australian professionals with older, more experienced mentors. Hear from some of our HYPN mentees and mentors speak about their experiences.

Expressions of Interest for the 2018 Mentoring Program open on 20 November 2017 and close 31 January 2018. The 2018 program will commence 21 February next year. If you would like to be a mentee or mentor please contact the HACCI Office on (03) 9602 2977 or email

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