Last Thursday, at the Margi Hotel’s poolside in Vouliagmeni – south seaside-suburbs of Attica, over 350 members and staunch supporters of WISTA Hellas joined in for the biennial Posidonia early evening buffet reception which lasted till very late, …early hours of Friday!* Guests come from all over the world proving the support as well as the work WISTA-Hellas and all WISTAs do!
The Board of Directors of WISTA Hellas headed by its newly elected President Rea Metropoulou greeted and welcomed their many guests; who wasn’t there: spotted Aimilia Papachristou from the Ministry of Development, Competitiveness & Shipping, Kathleen Haines, WISTA ExCo Treasurer, Ugo Salerno and Stefano Bertilone RINA’s CEO and General Manager, Europe-Marine Division respectively, Nicolas Vernicos from the International Chamber of Commerce-Hellas, John Tsatsas an arbitrator from London’s LMAA Arbitrator, George Xiradakis XRTC’s Managing Director, Michael Bodouroglou,
Chairman Allseas Marine S.A., Spyros Capralos the CEO from Star Bulk and former Chiarman of the Athens Stock Exchange who greatly contributed to the peaceful Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Despina Papastylianou from ARGO, Jeanne Grasso the WISTA-USA President, Nicolas Bornozis Capital Link’s president, Tom Boardley, Lloyd’s Register’s Marine Director, Despina Theodosiou-Panagiotou, President WISTA-Cyprus, George Gourdomichalis of G. Bros Maritime and Piraeus Marine Club President, Anneley Pickles from Shiptalk Ltd., Rob Parkin from Headland Media and many others.
In full supporting attendance were also many of the previous WISTA-Hellas Board Executives headed by Anna-Maria Monogioudis and Jenny Pournaras.
While the situation in Greece right now is vexing, heaping on troubled thoughts for those who call Greece their home, the reception, which represented WISTA-Hellas’s tribute to the Posidonia Exhibition while combining it with a cheerful summer kick-off in an environment conducive to appreciating some of what Greece has to offer, gave a chance to many to simply relax and enjoy the cozy atmosphere and company of others in the shipping industry. It was also networking at its best!
*The pay-bar personnel where indeed happy with the late-night …revelers…