On April 27 - 29, 2012 in New York City, the Greek America Foundation hosted its second annual National Innovation Conference. In attendance at the conference events, at the invitation of the foundation's Chairman, Mr. Gregory Pappas, was His Grace Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos. The conference culminated in the presentation of the Greek America's Forty Under 40 awards on Saturday April 28. Those honored are among the best and brightest of the Greek American community in the United States, those who "have excelled in their respected business endeavors and who simultaneously strive to make the world around them a better place through community involvement, philanthropy and/or volunteerism." Significantly, five of the honorees reside and work within boundaries of the Metropolis of Chicago, and include: Dimitri Peter Eliopoulos, Chicago, IL. Nicholas T. Gialamas, Lake Forest, IL; Stella A. Papadopoulos, Notre Dame, IN; Stavros Thomopoulos, St. Louis, MO; and Maria Z. Vathis, Chicago, IL. These five individuals have made significant and diverse contributions to the areas of: finance, art / architecture, medicine, wealth management, and law, while also assisting other. His Grace was on-hand to offer the congratulations of His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos, and to encourage them to continue their efforts to assist, improve and motivate their communities utilizing their God-given talents for the betterment of all.