(Boston, Massachusetts, United States) – The Alpha Omega Council announces that Andrew E. Manatos will be the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Each year, the Council awards an individual of Greek descent with this achievement award for his or her lifetime accomplishments. Manatos was extremely active in United States politics. He was the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the United States Government and served under President Jimmy Carter. He was the youngest sub-cabinet minister who had served in the administration at the time. He was in charge of the massive effort that moved the Foreign Commercial Service from the State Department to the Commerce Department. Early on in his career, Managos was the Committee Staff Director in the United States Senate and was also the aide to former Senators Thomas Eagleton and Gale McGee.
In 1981 he started a public policy firm with his father called Manatos and Manatos. Mike Mantos was the former White House Assistant for Senate Liaison to President Kennedy and President Johnson. The firm’s goal is to help their clients navigate the world of public policy. Their clients are people and organizations such as religious leaders, Fortune 500 companies, foreign countries, and even the Smithsonian Institute. Andrew is currently the president of the firm, which he now operates with his son, Mike A. Manatos.
Manatos also does a lot of pro bono work that benefited the Greek community as a whole. He often uses his influence to shape the way people perceive Greece, Cyprus, and the Ecumenical Patriarch. For the past 22 years he has held an annual meeting with the President of the United States to talk about things that have concerned the Greek community. He is also a board member on several Greek organizations. He has received an honor from the Archbishop of America called the St. Paul Medal, as well.
The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Banquet, put on by the Alpha Omega Council, will take place at the Weston Boston Waterfront Hotel on Summer Street on June 4, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 11:00 PM. The Alpha Omega Council was started in 1976 by a group of businessmen who wanted to serve as a platform to unify the interests of Greek Americans including to foster American Patriotism while also maintaining their roots in Greece. They are also devoted to perform charitable works for the community.