The Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) announced the 2022 HACCI Excellence Awards yesterday, Friday 12 November, at the Plaza Ballroom, in Melbourne, Australia in a ceremony that celebrated the best and brightest of the Greek Australian community for the 36th year in a row.
The night marked the return of the celebrated annual HACCI Gala Ball, one of the most glamorous events in the Hellenic Australian social media calendar, after two years of hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Some of Melbourne’s most prominent Greek Australians honoured HACCI with their presence, along with distinguished members of the broader community: Maria Vamvakinou MP, Federal Member for Calwell; Keith Wolahan MP, Federal Member for Menzies; Steve Dimopoulos, MP, Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events and Minister for Creative Industries; Matthew Guy, MP, Leader of the Victorian Opposition; Lee Tarlamis, MP for the Southeastern Metropolitan Region; Vivienne Nguyen AM, Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission; Emmanuel Kakavelakis, Consul General of Greece in Melbourne; and Bill Papastergiadis OAM, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne & Victoria.
Standing strong for 36 years now, the HACCI Excellence Awards, acknowledge excellence in business, leadership, philanthropy, innovation, science, arts and community spirit; this could not be possible without the generous and committed support of the HACCI Excellence Award sponsors and partners, who were also present to celebrate: the Stamoulis family, who present the Lifetime Achievement award; Miltos Michaelas, CEO of, HACCI’s Chamber Parther, the Bank of Sydney; PRONIA president, Kris Pavlides; Steve Siolis from Directed Technologies; John Kallitsas from Salary Masters; Peter Zervos from BDO Australia; Steve Tsalikidis from Heidelberg United FC; and Stavros and Con Saristavros, who presentsed the Chris Saristavros Young Achiever award.
More than 400 people gathered to honour the 2022 HACCI Excellence Award winners and enjoy a night of true Greek-style celebration, including an opulent three-course meal, premium Greek wines, and delectable desserts.
Acclaimed actor, director, writer, producer and lecturer Tony Nikolakopoulos was the Master of Ceremonies, while HACCI Board members Vicky Alexiou and Alex Ninis presented the Awards to the recipients.
The 2022 HACCI Excellence Award Winners:
• Spiro Stamoulis Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr Spiro Moraitis and Mr George Papadopoulos OAM, founders of PRONIA
• Bank of Sydney Business Excellence Award: Zaparas Lawyers
• Professional Excellence Award, presented by BDO Australia: Angelo Candalepas
• Innovation Award, presented by Directed Technologies: Dr Dimitrios Salampasis
• Woman of Influence Award presented by SalaryMasters: Effy Alexakis
• Community Service Award presented by PRONIA: Stella Avramopoulos
• Sport Award presented by Heidelberg United FC: George Kambosos
• Chris Saristavros Young Achiever Award: Christos Papadimitriou