Virtual Reality Training for High Risk Engagements From the Hellenic Revolution to Today’s Evolution
Join us on Sunday for “Virtual Reality Training for High Risk Engagements From the Hellenic Revolution to Today’s Evolution” Panel Discussion Webinar on February 28 at 2 PM EST (11 AM PST, 9 PM Athens EEST). The event will be hosted by EMBCA in association with AHEPA’s Hellenic Cultural Commission, Florida’s Plato Academy Charter Schools, the Sons of Pericles, and Greece 200. I will introduce the panel discussion. This unique event in honor of Engineers Week 2021 (2/21-2/27) will be moderated by Technologist Brother Eric Hill and International Tax Consultant Brother Paul Pavlakos both members of the American Hellenic Revolution Bicentennial Committee. The distinguished panel includes Captain Timothy M. Hill, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity Orlando, and Brother George Cheros, the President and CEO of the National Center for Simulation.
At the dawn of the Hellenic Revolution of 1821, the world was undergoing the 1st Industrial Revolution. In 2021, the Bicentennial of the Hellenic Republic, we are in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Join us for what promises to be a fascinating conversation and discussion, with experts in the field, on tech augmented training of today’s modern warriors and high risk professionals, and where we are heading in the years that follow.
This event and others we have had, and are being planned are part of EMBCA’s American Hellenic Revolution of 1821 Bicentennial Committee series of events focusing not only on the Revolution but also importantly on the American, Diaspora and International aspects and influences of the Revolution for its 200 Year Anniversary. Please click here to view the event. Thank you all again for your extraordinary participation in our many presentations, stay safe, and best regards!
Brother Lou Katsos
AHEPA District 6 Governor
Panelist and Moderator Bios
George is currently the President & CEO of the National Center for Simulation. He oversees all aspects of this 250+ member organization that represents the Modeling and Simulation Industry. Mr. Cheros previously served as Chief Operating Officer of NCS since October 2012. In his role as CEO, he leads the organization to promote growth of the $6 billion modeling and simulation industry, drive tech transfer of proven defense-based technology to vertical markets across several industries, and support public policies that support the development and growth of the industry. Mr. Cheros is passionate about NCS extensive STEM education programs to develop the workforce of the future. The Orlando area is the epicenter of the Modeling and Simulation for the world. For over 20 years, the confluence of industry, military and university research developed a center of excellence that is unmatched. He also serves on a number of advisory boards associated with his position at the National Center for Simulation. For the past two years, Florida Trend magazine selected him to their prestigious Florida 500, a collection of the state’s most influential business leaders.
Prior to joining NCS, Mr. Cheros had a long career in business that began in finance and marketing positions at General Foods Corporation (Kraft Heinz) in White Plains, NY. His responsibilities included a broad range of finance and strategic marketing positions including capital budgeting, product development, brand management and corporate mergers/acquisitions. Subsequently, Mr. Cheros served as Division Controller and Director of Strategic Planning for Darden Restaurants. He had financial responsibility for 200+ restaurants accounting for revenues of over $500 million. Immediately prior to joining NCS, he was a founding partner of consulting/venture organization that strategically partnered with mid-market companies to solve complex business issues. In addition, the company participated in joint ventures with real estate developers and arranged financing for commercial real estate transactions. He holds both a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Central Florida.
On a personal note, George is married to Lynda Cheros and they have a daughter, Sophia, who attends Denison University. His parents are both second generation Greeks who were founders of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Orlando. He has been active in the church his entire life, was the founding President of the Orlando Sons of Pericles Chapter, a member of the Sons of Pericles Supreme Lodge and also served as a member of the Sons’ National Advisory Board.
Captain Timothy M. Hill, US Navy
Commanding Officer, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity Orlando
Captain Hill earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering with the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1992 and was subsequently designated a Naval Flight Officer. After initially qualifying in the S-3B Viking, he transitioned to the F/A-18F Super Hornet after the S-3B Sundown. He completed operational sea tours with the VS-30 Diamondcutters, the VS-31 Topcats, and in command of the VFA-32 Swordsmen. He has made four operational deployments, supporting NATO operations in the former-Yugoslavia, enforcing the United Nations no-fly zone and other sanctions in Iraq, as well as in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN.
Ashore, Captain Hill served as a flight instructor and as a flight test officer/instructor. He was assigned to the headquarters staff at U.S. Special Operations Command, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, and was the Director of the Long Range Anti-Surface Missile Deployment Office. He reported to his current duty station as Executive Officer of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division and Naval Support Activity Orlando in June 2016 and assumed command in November 2018. Captain Hill has accumulated over 3,200 flight hours in 32 different aircraft models, and he has logged nearly 750 carrier arrested landings. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, holds Masters degrees in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and in International Relations from Troy University, and is a designated Acquisition Professional.
Eric is a technologist in the 3rd decade of his career. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in Computer Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. In the early 90's, he was involved with the rapid expansion of network infrastructure & distributed management systems that culminated in the .com boom. Later in his career he delved into data warehousing & analytics to bolster his understanding of complex systems analysis over time. In the last decade, Eric became involved in advanced automation efforts over critical infrastructure as well as in various areas of cyber. He has interfaced with a number of tech-industry organizations such as Garter & Forrester and has experience in the defense sector.
His volunteer efforts have been youth centered over the years & tended to focus on STEM pipeline development, mentorship & empowerment. Since 2014 he has served as the volunteer director of the Diaspora Hellenic Combatives program that has served youth of the Hellenic Community from Florida, USA to Canada. Since 2016 he has served as the Advisor to the Sons of Pericles in Florida. In 2017, he orchestrated & escorted youth of the US Diaspora to visit Hellenic Naval Special Forces in Skaramangas the Hellenic Republic; a first of its kind Νόστος journey. Eric has had a long term interest in the Hellenic charter school concept as a vehicle for youth development in the USA.
Paul is a Past Supreme President of the Sons of Pericles, the AHEPA Sons of Pericles Advisor for New York, and President of Greece 200. He has worked for several years to empower the youth of the Hellenic Diaspora, establishing initiatives and creating processes which allow for the promotion of Hellenism, service to the community, and strengthening of ethnic bonds. In his professional life, Paul is a Tax Associate for International Tax at KPMG in Manhattan, New York. With a brief background in Computer Science and a demonstrated interest in programming, Paul often works at the intersection of tax and technology, designing automation processes and detailed tax analysis models for both internal and client use. Paul obtained an LLM in Taxation from New York University and a Juris Doctor and Bachelor’s in International Affairs from Florida State University.