Nicholas X. Notias (Greek: Νικόλαος Χ. Νοτιάς), (New York 1966), is a Greek American businessman, ship-owner and ship-manager,Owner of Seabridge Chartering LLC located in Wall Street, Vice President and Director of Operations of Independence Maritime Agency Inc. and Trojan Maritime Inc. He's also a large shareholder of the real estate Notias Constructions Company, Director of Operations of Cardiff Holdings Inc., Director of Operations of Liverpool Holdings Inc., and the major shareholder and Vice President of the famous Greek football club A.E.K. Athens.
Family and Education
Son of Harry N. Notias and Phyllis Thravalos, he has a sister named Irene. His father, "Captain Harry" as he was fondly known, immigrated in the early 40's from the Greek island Chios and became a US citizen. He was a selfmade man who achieved the American dream. He came from a close-knit family of modest means, became a Captain in the U.S. Maritime Service and later founded a successful shipping business, Independence Maritime Agency Inc., with offices in New York and Greece.Nicholas followed his father roots and values, and after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (1988) and a Master of Business Administration (1990) from Fordham University, took over the family business.
Shipping and Business Success
Nikos Notias has extensive experience in the day to day commercial operations of dry-bulk carriers (handymax / panamax), time/voyage charters, charter party disputes, laytime issues, ship S&P, insurance placement (H&M, P&I, War Risk), claims experience in cargo, P/A & G/A, technical experience in ship repairs and repair contracts, paint coatings and dry-dockings. Yachting industry experience for motor yachts including brokerage, construction and transport. Also expert in chartering of a fleet of dry bulk carriers engaged in the international transport of bulk commodities world wide.
Maritime Arbitrator – Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Inc. – New York (2001–Present)
Supporting Member of Liaison Committee – The London Maritime Arbitrators Association (2003 – Present)
Chairman USA Advisory Committee – Lloyd’s Register North America (Member 1995 – Present: Chairman 2004–Present)
Member – American Bureau of Shipping – (1995 – Present)
A.E.K. Athens Involvement
With A.E.K. struggling terribly in corruption and the prospect of relegation to the fourth division looming, Demis Nikolaidis (ex club charismatic player) supported by the majority of A.E.K. fans, established a consortium of businessmen such as Polys V. Hajioannou, Petros Pappas and Takis Kannelopoulos, who convinced Nikos Notias to participate in the project. The approach was made by Ghikas Goumas, grandson of the late Nikos Goumas (former President of the Club). At the first contact, which was held in New York, Nikos Notias was convinced that the operators had pure purposes, and a great vision for the clubs regeneration. Small doubts initially led Notias to take a small percentage of shares (about 8%) but he changed his mind quickly, when he realized that the fans totally backed-up the effort and gradually, over a period of three and a half years, he became the major holder of the shares, reaching 35%. His financial assistance to the club amounts to 18 million euros but the largest and most expected project of Nikos Notias, remains the clubs Sports Center which will cost over 25 million euros. It will be the biggest project in the modern history of the club and Notias's intention is to name it "Harry Notias" in honour of his father.
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Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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