Leadership Spotlight on Gregory Demetriades - Class of 2000

Alumni Relations Committee
January 10, 2012



Your Leadership Palm Beach County Class Year: 2000

Who encouraged you to apply for LPBC/How did you get involved in LPBC: Bob Bertisch was a great influence and inspiration.

How has LPBC affected you: It has given me a greater appreciation for the depth and breadth of Palm Beach County and and its issues, and the need for involvement and greater participation.

What is the best benefit that you have derived from your involvement with LPBC: The knowledge and the contacts.

What you do for a living: Chief Financial Officer for 3 related nonprofit organizations.

What you like best about your job: The fulfillment at the end of the day that I am part of an organization that effects positive change in our community.

 Your education: BS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Stony Brook University, New York. MBA, Palm Beach Atlantic University

 Your civic and community involvement: Currently LPBC Board of Governors and Co-Chair of Leadership Excellence Award Committee.

 Your family: Married to MJ since 2005, 2 rescue dogs - Sparky and Frieda 4 year old terrier mixes

 City of birth: Kyrenia, Cyprus (small island in the Mediterranean)

 Place of residence: Sunshine Park, West Palm Beach

 First job:           As a youngster - auto body shop helper at age 12, as an adult - part time data entry accounting clerk while in college

 Word that best describes you: Passionate

What brought you to Palm Beach County: Had to get out of New York

How long have you lived in PBC: 23 years

Where we would find you on a Saturday afternoon: Catching up with errands after a busy week or napping after a morning dive

Favorite way to spend time: SCUBA diving

Greatest extravagance: My music CD collection

Mentor: my dad and Bob Bertisch

 Most important lesson you've learned: Change is good in spite of its hardships

 Person most interested in meeting:        Alive - Desmond Tutu - Dead - Mahatma Gandhi

Life motto: Peace

 Best vacation you have taken: 6 day live-on-board SCUBA trip to Cay Sal, Bahamas

 Last vacation: Cyprus

 Place you most want to visit: Papua New Guinea/New Zealand

 Most interesting place you have visited: Olympic Peninsula, Washington State

 Last book(s) read: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy

 Favorite spot in Palm Beach County: anywhere on the beach

 Favorite restaurant: Paradiso, Lake Worth

 Favorite movie: Brazil

 Favorite TV show: Star Trek

 Best decision: Committing myself to non profit work 23 years ago

 Worst decision: I have no regrets

 Toughest decision: Staying in the US

 Goal yet to be achieved: Learning to relax

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