Ted Spyropoulos, the president of T.G.S National Wholesalers, an automobile wholesaler that operates in Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East, will receive the 2011 Phidippides Award. He will join the ranks of composer Mikis Theodorakis, and humanitarian Andrew Athens as passionate advocates of Hellenism. The Award recognizes Greeks in the world who have made significant contributions to the preservation and promotion of Hellenism internationally.
Inspired by Phidippides, a man who in 490 BC looked for aid from the Spartans to help defend Athens from the Persians, this award looks to honor those who look to preserve Hellenism. Other than his own accomplishments in the business world, Spyropoulos has served important leadership roles in many Greek organizations. He was the president of the Federation of Hellenic American Organizations of Illinois. He also founded and is the president of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce. Additionally he founded and serves as the chairman for the Spyropoulos Scholarship for Hellenic-American Students of Hellas and USA. An inspirational man to those who seek to preserve and promote Hellenism in the international community, Spyropoulos is cherished in the Greek international community and well deserves this distinguished prize.