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Greek-Australian company continues expansion with launch events in Brisbane

The Greek-Australian Society (GAS) is expanding to Brisbane, with an exclusive roundtable lunch and after-work networking event scheduled for Friday 11 November.

The roundtable lunch, hosted at Brisbane’s Nostimo restaurant at the Greek Club, will feature a keynote address from Sydney-based Jim Tatsis, country chief operating officer of global asset management firm Brookfield Properties.

The highly regarded property and facilities management industry leader is today responsible for the operational activities of Brookfield Properties across a $16 billion national real estate portfolio. The FMA Facility Manager of the Year recipient previously held positions at Stockland for 15 years and also held facilities management and engineering roles at Colliers and Johnson Controls.

Exclusively with Neos CosmosMr Tatsis said he was delighted to mentor this year’s GAS mentorship program, which has grown from 12 participants in 2021 to nearly 30 in 2022.

“I was particularly attracted to the GAS mentorship opportunity,” Mr. Tatsis said, “because the program is still in its infancy and I am able to shape the program jointly with the leadership team at gas.”

He described Friday’s roundtable as “providing everyone an opportunity to join in the discussion and share their thoughts on how community organizations like ours can best work together, to achieve similar goals.”

According to Mr Tatsis, events like these help “bring together people with similar experiences and views”, acknowledging the importance of having dual or multiple identities as Greek-Australians today.

“In my opinion, Greek community events have evolved and changed a lot since I was a teenager,” he added, “and mainly based on entertainment, to now focus on the preservation of culture, language, customs and traditions”.

GAS co-founder and secretary George Mpliokas said the organization and Mr Tatsis had aligned very well on a new set of initiatives, designed for Greek Australians and Philhellenes in a time of great changes for the community in Australia.

“After the launch in Sydney and the expansion in Melbourne,” Mr Mpliokas said, “the whole GAS team is really excited to now launch in Brisbane as well.”

“Our GAS mentorship program has clearly resonated with our community, and the quality of the participants, just like Jim, is a huge endorsement of what we have set out to achieve with GAS. It is thanks to him and our great mentors that we will grow again in 2023.”

With members from Sydney and Melbourne set to attend the two Brisbane events, Mr Mpliokas said GAS was confident to apply its proven methods from Sydney and Melbourne to connect members across the country.

“Our aim for Brisbane is to be humble, to learn more about each other and to offer something new and exciting to Greek-Australians based in Queensland,” he said.

“By meeting in person, we can form partnerships based on trust, to encourage participation in our existing community organizations, but also to seek new ways to express ourselves as Greek Australians.”

GAS members at the Sydney event in August. Photo: Supplied/GAS
GAS members at the Sydney event in August. Photo: Supplied/GAS
Melbourne Greek Community President Bill Papastergiadis with GAS members at the Melbourne launch event in May. Photo: Supplied/GAS