Michael G. Sotirhos
Michael Sotirhos has served in two ambassadorial positions: in 1985 President Reagan appointed him as Ambassador to Jamaica. In 1989, President George Bush chose Michael Sotirhos to be the United States Ambassador to Greece, the first American of Greek descent to serve in that position.
Ambassador Sotirhos was born and raised in New York, New York, where he was graduated, with honors, from Baruch College at the City University. Upon graduation, he and others formed the predecessor to the Ariston Group, which had varied interests in real estate, construction and commercial interior design. He served that company and its other related business interests until he entered government service in 1985.
Currently, he is retired but holds a business Directorship in the Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. In recognition of his outstanding service and leadership to the Caribbean nation, the Government of Jamaica bestowed its prestigious award, the "Order of Distinction" with the rank of Commander, to Ambassador Sotirhos. Hellenic College, Deree College and The City College of New York have bestowed honorary doctor of law degrees on Michael Sotirhos.
Community and government service have been at the center of Ambassador Sotirhos' career. He has served as Chairman of the Heritage Groups Council of the Republican National Committee, Chairman of Ethnic Voters '84 for the Reagan Bush Campaign and Chairman of the New York State Republican Heritage Groups Council. President Nixon and later President Ford asked Michael Sotirhos to head a Presidential Commission, the National Advisory Council of Voluntary Service, to evaluate the Peace Corps. He also has been a member of the New York State Council on Architecture and the National Council on Small Business. He has served the Greek Orthodox Church and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Currently, he resides in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida and New York with his wife, Estelle. They have two grown children and are proud grandparents.