Realizing that there are many prominent Greek-American executives who have given of themselves to the business, private and public sectors, and who deserve recognition, HABA instituted the Executive of the Year Award in 1992. This award has become a catalyst for our membership and for the larger Hellenic community to reach out and promote our heritage.


During the past 20+ years, HABA has honored:


2018  Daniel S. Janis, III, Senior Managing Director & Senior Portfolio Manager, Manulife Asset Management (U.S.), LLC

2017  Alexander Navab, Partner & Head of Americas Private Equity, KKR & Co. LP

2016  Maria Vassalou, Partner & Portfolio Manager, Perella Weinberg Partners

2015  Michael Tadross, Hollywood Movie Producer, Warner Bros.

2014  Michael Psaros, Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner, KPS Capital Partners

2013  Brent Callinicos, Vice President, Chief Accountant & Treasurer, Google, Inc.

2012  John Catsimatidis, Chairman, Red Apple Group

2011  C. Dean Metropoulos, Chairman & CEO, CDM&Co.

2010  Jim Chanos, President & Founder, Kynikos Associates

2009  James Orphanides, President, First American Title Insurance of New York

2008  Panagiotis Tsakos & Nikolas Tsakos, Tsakos Shipping Group

2007  John P. Calamos Sr., Chairman, CEO & CIO, Calamos Asset Management

2006  Paul S. Sarbanes, United States Senator State of Maryland

2005  Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Founder & Chairman, easyGroup

2004  Dora Bakoyannis, Mayor, City of Athens, Greece

2002  Michael D. Capellas, Chairman & CEO, Compaq Computer

2001  Christos M. Cotsakos, President & CEO, E*Trade Group Inc.

2000  John C. Rigas, Chairman, President & CEO, Adelphia Communications

1999  Emmanuel Kampouris, Chairman & CEO, American Standard Inc. (retired)

1998  John. M. Tsimbinos, Chairman, Roslyn Bank Corp.

1997  William S. Stavropoulos, Chairman & CEO, Dow Chemical Company

1996  John A. Georges, Chairman & CEO, International Paper (retired)

1995  Ted Athanassiades, Vice Chairman, MET Life (retired)

1994  The Honorable Peter G. Peterson, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce & Chairman of The Blackstone Group

1993  Nassos Michas, former Chairman Private Banking, Merril Lynch & Co.