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Alexis Christoforous of CBS Marketwatch Featured at AHI Networking Reception at New York’s Harvard Club
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: ANGELIKI VASSILIOU
October 3, 2003 No. 43 (202) 785-8430

Alexis Christoforous of CBS Marketwatch Featured at AHI Networking Reception at New York’s Harvard Club

WASHINGTON, DC—Alexis Christoforous, anchor of CBS Marketwatch and reporter for CBS News was the featured speaker at an AHI Business Network reception at Manhattan’s famed Harvard Club on Thursday September 18. Braving strong gusts of wind and fears of downpours from the remnants of Hurricane Isabel, approximately 100 guests relaxed and made new friends and contacts prior to listening to CBS’s chief financial reporter.

AHI’s New York Chairman Andonis Neroulias opened the evening by welcoming the guests. Dr. Andrea Pericli, CEO of Washington-based Euclid Financial group, whose company served as a major co-sponsor of the event, offered greetings.

Alexis Christoforous told the gathering about the support she received from her Cypriot/Italian American family for goal of being a TV reporter. The constant and lively conversations that took place at home contributed to her love of the news media. Her 10 years of reporting business and financial news have spanned remarkable periods of change both in the business world and the media’s coverage. When she began there were few women reporting business news and now "there are more women in this field than men". She considered herself fortunate that "I came in…at the beginning of the bull market and the time when Wall Street and Main Street were fusing". The rising interest in financial news and the increasing sophistication of her audience have made her tenure challenging and exciting.

Ms. Christophorous covered the stock market boom of the ’90’s, the decline and scandals of recent years and current efforts to reform the system and win back investor confidence. She devoted considerable time to the issue of investor confidence in light of the scandals that have shaken Wall Street. She noted the change that is taking place and stated that it will go beyond the Sarbanes-Oxley reform bill. The resignation of New York Stock Exchange Chairman and CEO is just the most recent termor. "Investors are impatient about corporate malfeasance. People are asking why more people at Enron and Worldcom have not gone to jail."

After her presentation Alexis remained and spoke informally with the guests. Also present were John Metaxas of MSNBC, Dorie Klissas of NBC, and Fox’s Rita Cosby.

AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis presented closing remarks, providing an overview of AHI activities and thanking Ms. Christoforous, the guests and those who made the event such a success. The host committee included Nicholas Bouras, Dr. F.O. Goussis, Helen Loukeris, Demetrios Mellis, George Fanourakis, Constantinos Grigoriades, Nicholas Lyras, Anna Giabourani, Theodora Klissas, Nick Meintanas and Peter Stamos.

The AHI Business Network, initiated in 1989, is a division of the AHI designed to reach out to the business experience of Greek Americans and to put that experience to work helping other Greek Americans. Its purpose is to share business information and contacts. Its concept is people helping people by sharing experience, knowledge and ideas.

Downloadable photographs from the event are posted on AHI's Web site at http://ahiworld.org/Business_Network/. For additional information, please contact Angeliki Vassiliou at (202) 785-84 30 or at [email protected]. For general information about the activities of AHI, please see our Web site at http://www.ahiworld.org.

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The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) and its affiliate organizations, the American Hellenic Institute Public Affairs Committee (AHIPAC), the American Hellenic Institute Foundation (AHIF), and the AHI Business Network, a division of the AHI, are working together under one roof, to provide a joint program for strengthening United States relations with Greece and Cyprus and within the American Hellenic community.