ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE?

Pan Gregorian works hard to offer our members both rebate incentive programs and low prices. We do this by negotiating contracts with distributors and manufacturers alike. Since Pan Gregorian Enterprises operates as a group operated by its own members, every member restaurant enjoys the same benefits that these programs provide.

Mr. George Manolios, the late founder who first started Pan Gregorian, founded the organization in 1983. It started in New Jersey and later expanded into the greater New York City area, Long Island, Upstate New York and neighboring Connecticut. In June of 1990, approximately 15 members established Pan Gregorian of New England.

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WE’RE NO LONGER A “GREEK ONLY” ORGANIZATION

We were once considered the “Greek diner guys of Connecticut”. This stereotype was partly true until we opened membership up to non-Greek-owned restaurants/deli’s, banquet halls, etc. Since that evolution, our membership has more than doubled adding more strength and negotiating power to our group!

IN UNITY THERE IS STRENGTH!

Our organization is set up to help our members compete against the franchises and national chains, through negotiating, promoting, and educating our members about our programs. It is a simple concept, but also challenging in that all of our members’ businesses are not made up of the same cookie-cutter mold the franchises are.

THE BOARD

JAMES TZEPOS

President

James enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids and running his well-known restaurant, Zois Pizza, in Seymour, CT. He is a proud family man and business owner who works hard to balance both commitments.

NICHOLAS VLAMIS

Vice President

Nicholas values continual learning and is known for his forward-thinking leadership skills. Those skills helped him successfully operate the Bridgeport landmark he owns for more than 30 years.

PETER J. KOKENOS

Treasurer

Owner of the successful Valley Diner Restaurant in Derby, Connecticut, Peter has an impressive finance background and holds multiple financial licenses as well as ServSafe® Manager certificate.

GEORGE TSIOFLIKIS

Secretary

With more than 25 years of experience in the food service business, George is currently the owner and operator of four stores and is energetic and passionate about encouraging people succeed through his leadership.

CHRIS SKABARDONIS

Board Member

Owner of multiple Connecticut restaurants, Chris has a deep understanding of the restaurant industry’s complexities. He embraces challenges and encourages a team effort in facing them, which is what drew him to join PGE.

JOHN DAOUTIS

Board Member

For the past three decades, John has become an expert in every area of the diner business and is a proud owner of Athenian Diner, a popular, well-known family of restaurants in Connecticut.

VASILIOS KALOIDIS

Board Member

With his delightful manner and light-hearted humor, it is a treat to spend time with Vasilios. As the owner of two successful Connecticut restaurants, he is also a strong leader and a skilled businessman.

THEMI KOLITSAS

Board Member

Passionate about helping people, Themi is always looking for ways to help others personally or in one of his planned restaurants. Also dedicated to PGE, Themi has been on the board for two decades.

GEORGE MARNELAKIS

Board Member

As a role model who other restaurant owners can look up to, George has more than four decades of experience in the business. Although George and his family moved here from Montreal, they now call Connecticut home.

GEORGE MASTROMANOLIS

Board Member

George strives for excellence in service, quality, and consistency in his business. Perhaps that is why CT Magazine called his restaurant, State Street Cafe of North Haven, one of the state’s best breakfast places.

NICK VLASTARIS

Board Member

During the past 10 years, Nick has built and grown a landmark business. With the help of family members, he enjoys creating an excellent customer experience for his guests at Goodies in Milford, CT.