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Alexandros (Aleco) Haralambides Elected New AHI President
January 28, 2009—No. 5 (202) 785-8430

Alexandros (Aleco) Haralambides Elected New AHI President

WASHINGTON, DC—Gene Rossides is proud to announce the election by the Board of Directors of his successor, Alexandros (Aleco) Haralambides, as the new President of the American Hellenic Institute. Mr. Rossides said, “We are pleased to have such a young, vibrant, Greek American professional, who has been a long time supporter of the American Hellenic Institute, as our new president. He shows remarkable interest and knowledge regarding U.S. relations with Greece and Cyprus. We are pleased to welcome him and look forward to working with him to pursue AHI’s goals and objectives.”

AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis also expressed his congratulations to Mr. Haralambides. “I have known Aleco Haralambides for many years and I have had the opportunity to work with him on a number of projects associated with AHI. I am very pleased that he is the new AHI President and look forward to working with him during his tenure,” stated Nick Larigakis.

Mr. Haralambides said, “I am truly honored to have been elected President of AHI.  With the changes in today’s political climate, I think we have a tremendous opportunity to convey our message.  The foundation of this message is that the United States should apply the rule of law consistently with respect to all of its allies and particularly when it comes to Turkey and the Balkan countries. This seemingly simple task has been tremendously difficult to implement over the years, however, I am optimistic that we can make significant progress.”

The current AHI Board of Directors consists of: President Aleco Haralambides, Vice President James Lagos, Secretary Nick Karambelas, Esq., Kostas Alexakis, Nicholas E. Chimicles, Esq., Nick Larigakis, James L. Marketos, Esq., and Gene Rossides.

Please see Mr. Haralambides’s Bio below:

Alexandros (Aleco) Haralambides was born in Miami, Florida.  His father, John, was a native of Syracuse, New York, born to Greek immigrant parents from Brusa, Turkey, and his mother is a native of Cuba.  Growing up, his parents made sure that he was fluent in Greek, as well as Spanish and, as a central part of this emphasis on language, he spent summers in Greece.  This has contributed to his identifying equally with both American and Greek culture.

Aleco attended the University of Rochester in New York where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science.  Upon graduation, he returned to Miami and began selling and managing commercial real estate with his father’s real estate firm.  Always mindful of issues important to the Greek Diaspora, he became involved in numerous political campaigns including that of Senator Connie Mack, Congressman Michael Bilirakis, Congressman Lincoln Diaz Balart, Senator Olympia Snowe and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.  He subsequently made the decision to attend law school where he received a J.D. from St. Thomas University, winning 1st prize in Oral Argument.  He has worked at numerous litigation firms throughout South Florida before deciding to launch his own practice in 2002.

He also founded Advent Title Company in 2002 and, in 2004, Aleco founded Aristo Mortgage Investments, which is a licensed mortgage lender and investment firm, focused on the purchase and sale of whole mortgage loans. He remains actively involved in the Greek community serving on the board of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox church in Miami and he also founded the Hellenic Bar Association in Florida.

A passionate believer in the value of the Greek language, in 2001 Aleco joined a steering committee to realize his father’s lifelong goal of starting a charter school focused on Greek language immersion.  In 2002, the Archimedean Academy for Mathematics and the Greek Language was successfully launched with a little over 75 students.  Aleco is currently Vice President of Archimedean, which today has approximately 700 students who are all taught math and science in Greek (although only 9% of students are of Greek ethnicity).

In 2005 he married Vasiliki (Vicki) Hioureas and they have a daughter.

Alexandros (Aleco) Haralambides.


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