A slice of the Greek life

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:17 pm

Community involvement could almost be considered a gene in the Stasinoulias family, one passed down to Tim Stasinoulias from his Greek parents and one he has passed onto his daughter, Arianna.

“I saw (my dad’s) involvement, and he was always trying to promote things for the community, and I just somehow gravitated toward it,” Stasinoulias said.

The Milwaukee native, who is founder and managing partner of Wales, Wis.-based Aegis Wealth Advisors LLC, has overseen the Milwaukee chapter of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA) as president for the past six years.

The nonprofit chapter, established in 1924, follows the mission of the international AHEPA organization to promote philanthropy, education, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence, and ultimately the ideals of Hellenism within Greek culture.

Stasinoulias, who is fluent in Greek, joined AHEPA about eight years ago after being introduced to the group by its former president. Since he took over the presidency following a term as vice president, he has applied many of the skills he’s developed in steering his own business to the group’s operations.

Tim Stasinoulias and Triant (Laki) Binelas at AHEPA’s Greek Fest.

“I think what’s helped me is I’ve run my business now since 1989, and all of those traits and skills that you have in running a business and managing a practice and working with your clients really transfers to working at a nonprofit organization,” Stasinoulias said.

In Milwaukee, AHEPA’s 160 male members recently held their most successful fundraising festival to date, collecting about $30,000 at their ninth annual OPA! Greek Festival to benefit the organization’s high school scholarship fund as well as Hales Corners’ Alyson Dudek International Ice Center.

In pulling off the success of the festival, Stasinoulias had the support of his fellow three officers, organization members, and about 50 community volunteers, including his wife, Anna, and daughter, Arianna.

“Especially when our kids see what we’re doing, it rubs off on them and it helps them appreciate what it takes to give back to the community,” Stasinoulias said. “And it is a good feeling.”

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