Co-Founder and President of the Board
does a man who has nearly everything undertake
a project like The Monument of the Immortals?
To understand the answer to this question, you
must know a little about Makis Havadjias
himself before you learn about Makis Havadjias
the Co-Founder of the Monument.
Makis is a very successful businessman. In the early 1980's he and
his brothers went into business and formed the restaurant chain Farmer
Boys. After many years of hard work and dillegent effort, Farmer
Boys became a major food service outlet in Southern California. From their
headquarters in Riverside, the five Havadjias brothers work hard to
expand their business and continue its success.
is the success of his business which has allowed
Makis to believe in his dreams. If a young immigrant
from the tiny island of Cyprus can build a food
service empire out of nothing more that ingenuity
and sweat... anything is possible!
has said many times (and this is the basis for
his appeal to young people of all races and creeds)
that there is nothing that cannot be accomplished
if you work hard and never give up.
that is Makis... a man who has a vision and
will not give up until that vision is realized.
He is prepared to see this project to completion
and to allow for the Monument to exist in perpetuity.
Makis is not only the spiritual and philosophical
father of the project, he's also the person who
stays up late to speak with a professor half-way
around the world or a student in a neighboring
serves as President of the Board of Directors
for The Monument of the Immortals. For approximately
eight months of the year he operates the U.S.
Regional Office of the Monument out of Riverside,
California, spending the remaining four months
operating the international headquarters of the
Monument out of the capital city of his homeland
in Nicosia, Cyprus.
Co-Founder and Member
of the Greek Parliament representing the District
in the village of Agios Georgios in Ileia,
Greece, Dr. Panagiotis Antonakopoulos graduated
from the Medical School of Athens University
and continues to serve on the Faculty of Philosophy
at University of Ioannina.
attended postgraduate studies at the Greek
National School of Public Health. Dr. Antonakopoulos
is also a former Deputy Prefect of Ileia, serving
in both 1992 and 1994.
May of 2000, Dr. Antonakopoulus won election
to the Greek Parliament representing Ileia.
He was re-elected in 2004.
Antonakopoulus is Secretary of the Standing
Committee on Public Administration, Public
Order, & Justice for the Greek Parliament.
He is also a member of the Board of the local
branch of the Ileia Red Cross and a Co-Founder
of the St. Spiridon Blood Drive.
Developer and President of MG Development
in Los Angeles, California, Michael Galanakis graduated
with a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Political Science
from the University of California, Los Angeles. He
continued his education at the University of Southern
California Law Center from where he received his Juris
Doctorate degree. Mr. Galanakis, licensed to practice
law in the State of California, worked as a deputy
city attorney with an emphasis in land-use, redevelopment
and public finance law. Currently, Mr. Galanakis works
in the field of real estate development and is president
of MG Development Group LLC. The company focuses on
single and multi-family residential development in
Aside from his professional life, Mr. Galanakis, is
active in civic affairs dealing with his Hellenic heritage.
He sits on the boards of The Monument of the Immortals,
the Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE), the American
Hellenic Council of California, the Greek Heritage
Society of Southern California, and the Hellenic University
Club of Southern California.
Civil Engineer, Professional
Consultant, Former Olympian Athlete
in Cyprus, Mr. Euripides is a graduate with a BSC
in Civil Engineering from Texas A & I University
(USA) and with an MBA in sports management from Leicester
He has worked for Exxon Research Engineering until
1985, presently he works with the Cyprus Sports Organization,
directly under the director General. He has also represented
Cyprus in many conferences convened by the committee
of council of Europe (CDDS) and T-RV.
Responsibilities include the technical department and
the general management of all athletic grounds for
sports projects for the government of Cyprus. He was
before the project manager for the construction of
all sport buildings and venues in Cyprus.
He is a Vice President of the Cyprus Olympian Association
and is a member of the World Olympian Association.
Mr. Euripides is an Olympian himself, having participated
with the Cyprus Olympic Team (Judo) in the XXII Olympia
(Moscow 1980) and also having participated as a coach
for the Cyprus Olympic Judo Team in the XXIV Olympics
Mr. Euripides is a member of the Society of Civil Engineering
and other professional organizations both in the USA
and Cyprus. Married with two daughters, he leads the
firm of Euripides and Partners, a professional consulting
office, offering services in the field of architecture,
civil engineering and property management.
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Monument of the Immortals:
3452 University Avenue Riverside, CA 92501 - or - Arch Makariou
95 #203, Nicosia, 1071 Cyprus