Since 1992, Hermes Expo International has made it possible for Ethnic businesses from Greece, South Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean to reach ethnic markets in the United States. Over the years, fully American businesses, along with those from other nations, have come aboard to share the benefits of the Hermes Expo’s successful record in the international market.

But now, Hermes Expo¢s demonstrated success has grown even more. With express agreements between both the cities and ports of Thessaloniki — „The Gateway to the Baltics and Europe” — and the key U.S. ports if Philadelphia and Baltimore, Hermes Expo International has far exceeded its early growth projections to become a powerful vehicle for domestic and worldwide businesses.

With the next Expo marking the 20th Celebration of the achievements of the Greek American community in the US, the 20th Hermes Expo was announced to be held on March 31, 2011 with the Food and Wine tasting in New York, in cooperation with the Queens Chamber of Commerce, and on Saturday and Sunday April 2-3, 2011 at the Tropicana Hotel and Resort Grand Exhibition Center in the exciting Atlantic City, Odyssey Magazine sought and was granted an exclusive interview with the Expo’s Founder and President, Paul Kotrotsios.

Kotrotsios: Well, it’s not only about fine food, wine-tasting, and exhibiting products and services to link up for mutual benefit. It’s about the dynamic interchange that businesses worldwide share to insure their ongoing success. In the past, we were just looking at niche markets, large ones, sure, but now we’ve grown so much everyone wants to come aboard, especially those who share our vision. We’ve become a force in international trade and sales. It¢s a networking forum that Greek Americans, Americans and SouthEastern Europeans get together using the unique forum of the Hermes Expo.

There are really a number of activities that will benefit you if you get involved such as visit our web www.hermesexpo.com for more information and reserve your: 1. Booth(s),

2. Advertising space in the Brochure and Directory,

3. Participate at the Seminar(s) and Presentations,

4. Participate in the networking Luncheon,

5. Get involved in the Fashion Show sponsored by AHEPA District #5 (portion of the proceeds will benefit the Cancer Foundation),

6. But do make sure you reserve your table (10 tickets) for the Gala Dinner and Hermes Awards Ceremony which, after a sumptuous meal will be followed by continuous electrifying entertainment by Stavros Theodorou and Orchestra,

7. Participate at the Brunch Networking on Sunday Morning and present as an Exhibitor or sponsor your company and what it represents,

8. Make your B2B appointments and time for your meeting reservations for your choice of Exhibitors and sponsors,

9. Increase your horizons and create window of opportunities for you and your business by meeting old and make new customers,

10. Participate at the tasting of Greek Food and wines from Greece and other parts of the South Eastern European Countries, Greece, Romania and others,

11. Grab the opportunity and participate at the HELEXPO in Thessaloniki, the 9th Trade Mission to Greece and the Balkans organized yearly by the Hermes Expo and expand your business in the Balkans,

If you are ready for new challenges as well as thrilling opportunities, please call us for an appointment with our Sponsors and Exhibitors. Always remember, by your active participation, you are:

– You stay in touch with a vast business group and more.

As you may have noticed, we have molded Hermes Expo International in to what it has become with the guidance of many experts. We hereby ask you for your help in making it even better and bigger by making it profitable and workable for you as well.

Kotrotsios: They come because they promote their businesses, products and services, make money, make connections, sample, taste, increase their horizons and have a good time doing it in Atlantic City. Really, we have so many success stories at the Expo, they can’t resist. In fact, we have over a 65 percent return rate to go along with new clients getting aboard from the US business trying to do business with the Greek American Community of over 2 Million in the US and the Southeastern Europe and vis a vis.

Kotrotsios: I facilitate meetings between exhibitors and sponsors looking to widen their market base, exhibit their products, and, generally, to put the right people and businesses at the same table. They meet. They talk. They have fun. Later on many of them become business partners. We are matchmakers.

Kotrotsios: The best advice I can give a potential client is to sign up now, or at least before the deadline in December. Doing this insures effective planning time, of course. But it also insures that the client will receive a 10 percent discount for a booth or an advertisement in Expo brochure. To top it off, he or she will be mentioned in the every Expo publication from then on, press conferences, take part in every pre function event or road show to promote the 20th Hermes Expo.

Kotrotsios: Everything depends on how well organized the client’s business is. A well thought out presentation works wonders. If the client has these elements, he or she can write their own ticket to success from there. They can get advantage into one of the 5 networking events to show case their products and services and gain.

Kotrotsios: Aside from linking up with other businesses to open talks that engage or encourage collateral benefits and agreements, it means distribution. If an American business wants to sell their products in Greece, we give them Greece. We give them access. We give them a window of opportunity. We give them a no hassle means to sell their products. If an American business wants to sell their products in the Balkans, we give them the Balkans too. With the Hermes Expo¢s streamlined service, it works both ways. American, Greek, Greek-American, Romanian, Canadian, South American and other nations with businesses in their respective countries can market their products as expeditiously as possible in Greece or any of the other nations that have come aboard the Hermes Expo. We’re especially pleased and, actually, very grateful to play a pivotal role in the Greek-American business community because of the Hellenic News of America the Delaware County based bilingual newspaper, which serves the Greek American business community since 1987. www.HellenicNews.Com

Kotrotsios: Travel, especially with regards to Greece, one if not the best Travel Destinations in the World. We¢re looking at this for the next Expo in April 2011 and this way to contribute if we can and lend our support to the Greek Economy. New airline concerns, cruise ships, restaurants, distributing, real estate, jewelery, arts and crafts, national pavilions, financial institutions, Marble and Granite, FoodService, banking, and all the collateral business industries that linkages between these concerns can generate. It’s really exciting when you think of the potential here. Fortunes can be made overnight.

Another new way is to develop and expand on the Young professionals and students participation at the Hermes Expo as well as the Hellenic Medican Societies from all over the US after the successful 3 credit CME last year. STAVROULA

Kotrotsios: With the Expo’s in-depth knowledge and cooperation with the local Authorities, we can advise and inform clients of breaking technology, cutting edge state of the art advances in software of all types, for example, and link up businesses with companies that need them. The marketing possibilities for any company involved with us are staggering. Think of all the collateral businesses and profits that will be generated here! It’s just great, and I’m proud that our clients from America and all the new nations who join and us to meet in Atlantic City will benefit from these associations.

Kotrotsios: By all means. The Expo stands ready to assist in doing all the legwork and facilitating all the new partnerships, linkages, and new high tech products any new and current business wants. On the other side of the pond, we’re really grateful to the city of Thessaloniki and the Helexpo there. They do great work both with and for us, great business. Do not forget that we played an important role in the business agreement that both Mayors signed, Thessaloniki and Philadelphia. Since then many businesses are taking advantage at the HELEXPO trying to export American products and technology and also business are coming here. Soon we are going to see agreements between Athletic Institutions of Philadelphia and Crete to do the same.

Kotrotsios: Sure. You don’t get to the door just by standing on your feet. www.hermesexpo.com

HNA: Thank you, Mr. Kotrotsios.

Kotrotsios: You¢re welcome.

Read the article on Hellenic News of America – English

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Hermes Expo International: Past, Present, and Future 
of the Unique Ethnic Networking Business Event

Since 1992, Hermes Expo International has made it possible for Ethnic businesses from Greece, South Eastern Europe, and the Mediterranean to reach ethnic markets in the United States. Over the years, fully American businesses, along with those from other nations, have come aboard to share the benefits of the Hermes Expo’s successful record in the international market.

But now, Hermes Expo¢s demonstrated success has grown even more. With express agreements between both the cities and ports of Thessaloniki — „The Gateway to the Baltics and Europe” — and the key U.S. ports if Philadelphia and Baltimore, Hermes Expo International has far exceeded its early growth projections to become a powerful vehicle for domestic and worldwide businesses.

With the next Expo marking the 20th Celebration of the achievements of the Greek American community in the US, the 20th Hermes Expo was announced to be held on March 31, 2011 with the Food and Wine tasting in New York, in cooperation with the Queens Chamber of Commerce, and on Saturday and Sunday April 2-3, 2011 at the Tropicana Hotel and Resort Grand Exhibition Center in the exciting Atlantic City, Odyssey Magazine sought and was granted an exclusive interview with the Expo’s Founder and President, Paul Kotrotsios.

Kotrotsios: Well, it’s not only about fine food, wine-tasting, and exhibiting products and services to link up for mutual benefit. It’s about the dynamic interchange that businesses worldwide share to insure their ongoing success. In the past, we were just looking at niche markets, large ones, sure, but now we’ve grown so much everyone wants to come aboard, especially those who share our vision. We’ve become a force in international trade and sales. It¢s a networking forum that Greek Americans, Americans and SouthEastern Europeans get together using the unique forum of the Hermes Expo.

There are really a number of activities that will benefit you if you get involved such as visit our web www.hermesexpo.com for more information and reserve your: 1. Booth(s),

2. Advertising space in the Brochure and Directory,

3. Participate at the Seminar(s) and Presentations,

4. Participate in the networking Luncheon,

5. Get involved in the Fashion Show sponsored by AHEPA District #5 (portion of the proceeds will benefit the Cancer Foundation),

6. But do make sure you reserve your table (10 tickets) for the Gala Dinner and Hermes Awards Ceremony which, after a sumptuous meal will be followed by continuous electrifying entertainment by Stavros Theodorou and Orchestra,

7. Participate at the Brunch Networking on Sunday Morning and present as an Exhibitor or sponsor your company and what it represents,

8. Make your B2B appointments and time for your meeting reservations for your choice of Exhibitors and sponsors,

9. Increase your horizons and create window of opportunities for you and your business by meeting old and make new customers,

10. Participate at the tasting of Greek Food and wines from Greece and other parts of the South Eastern European Countries, Greece, Romania and others,

11. Grab the opportunity and participate at the HELEXPO in Thessaloniki, the 9th Trade Mission to Greece and the Balkans organized yearly by the Hermes Expo and expand your business in the Balkans,

If you are ready for new challenges as well as thrilling opportunities, please call us for an appointment with our Sponsors and Exhibitors. Always remember, by your active participation, you are:

– You stay in touch with a vast business group and more.

As you may have noticed, we have molded Hermes Expo International in to what it has become with the guidance of many experts. We hereby ask you for your help in making it even better and bigger by making it profitable and workable for you as well.

Kotrotsios: They come because they promote their businesses, products and services, make money, make connections, sample, taste, increase their horizons and have a good time doing it in Atlantic City. Really, we have so many success stories at the Expo, they can’t resist. In fact, we have over a 65 percent return rate to go along with new clients getting aboard from the US business trying to do business with the Greek American Community of over 2 Million in the US and the Southeastern Europe and vis a vis.

Kotrotsios: I facilitate meetings between exhibitors and sponsors looking to widen their market base, exhibit their products, and, generally, to put the right people and businesses at the same table. They meet. They talk. They have fun. Later on many of them become business partners. We are matchmakers.

Kotrotsios: The best advice I can give a potential client is to sign up now, or at least before the deadline in December. Doing this insures effective planning time, of course. But it also insures that the client will receive a 10 percent discount for a booth or an advertisement in Expo brochure. To top it off, he or she will be mentioned in the every Expo publication from then on, press conferences, take part in every pre function event or road show to promote the 20th Hermes Expo.

Kotrotsios: Everything depends on how well organized the client’s business is. A well thought out presentation works wonders. If the client has these elements, he or she can write their own ticket to success from there. They can get advantage into one of the 5 networking events to show case their products and services and gain.

Kotrotsios: Aside from linking up with other businesses to open talks that engage or encourage collateral benefits and agreements, it means distribution. If an American business wants to sell their products in Greece, we give them Greece. We give them access. We give them a window of opportunity. We give them a no hassle means to sell their products. If an American business wants to sell their products in the Balkans, we give them the Balkans too. With the Hermes Expo¢s streamlined service, it works both ways. American, Greek, Greek-American, Romanian, Canadian, South American and other nations with businesses in their respective countries can market their products as expeditiously as possible in Greece or any of the other nations that have come aboard the Hermes Expo. We’re especially pleased and, actually, very grateful to play a pivotal role in the Greek-American business community because of the Hellenic News of America the Delaware County based bilingual newspaper, which serves the Greek American business community since 1987. www.HellenicNews.Com

Kotrotsios: Travel, especially with regards to Greece, one if not the best Travel Destinations in the World. We¢re looking at this for the next Expo in April 2011 and this way to contribute if we can and lend our support to the Greek Economy. New airline concerns, cruise ships, restaurants, distributing, real estate, jewelery, arts and crafts, national pavilions, financial institutions, Marble and Granite, FoodService, banking, and all the collateral business industries that linkages between these concerns can generate. It’s really exciting when you think of the potential here. Fortunes can be made overnight.

Another new way is to develop and expand on the Young professionals and students participation at the Hermes Expo as well as the Hellenic Medican Societies from all over the US after the successful 3 credit CME last year. STAVROULA

Kotrotsios: With the Expo’s in-depth knowledge and cooperation with the local Authorities, we can advise and inform clients of breaking technology, cutting edge state of the art advances in software of all types, for example, and link up businesses with companies that need them. The marketing possibilities for any company involved with us are staggering. Think of all the collateral businesses and profits that will be generated here! It’s just great, and I’m proud that our clients from America and all the new nations who join and us to meet in Atlantic City will benefit from these associations.

Kotrotsios: By all means. The Expo stands ready to assist in doing all the legwork and facilitating all the new partnerships, linkages, and new high tech products any new and current business wants. On the other side of the pond, we’re really grateful to the city of Thessaloniki and the Helexpo there. They do great work both with and for us, great business. Do not forget that we played an important role in the business agreement that both Mayors signed, Thessaloniki and Philadelphia. Since then many businesses are taking advantage at the HELEXPO trying to export American products and technology and also business are coming here. Soon we are going to see agreements between Athletic Institutions of Philadelphia and Crete to do the same.

Kotrotsios: Sure. You don’t get to the door just by standing on your feet. www.hermesexpo.com

HNA: Thank you, Mr. Kotrotsios.

Kotrotsios: You¢re welcome.

Read the article on Hellenic News of America – English

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