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Councilman John Akouri, former Washington, DC Press Secretary & Capitol Hill Advisor, is President & CEO of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Over 300 Attend Lebanese Chamber Holiday Party and Celebrate Yultide; Beirut Artist Georges Misk & Hollywood Actor Alex Safi Make Special Appearances

(BIRMINGHAM, MI)...Just hours before the entire Midwest was turned into a Winter Wonderland, mistletoe, jingle bells and eggnog with a kick were the order of the evening yesterday, as over 300 friends, associates, members and guests joined together to celebrate the season at the annual Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party at Dick O Dow's Public House in Birmingham, MI. A veritable feast awaited the festive party-goers and the halls were decked with boughs of holly, tinsel, and stockings as Chamber President & CEO John Akouri greeted each and all who entered with a hearty ho, ho, ho!
Toasting, cheering and extending Holiday wishes were City of Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Allen, Detroit Auto Dealer Tarik Daoud, St. Mary's Christian Orthodox Church Pastor Very Rev. Father George Baalbaki, Consulate of Mexico Deputy Consul Jorge Sanchez-Catano, American Druze Society Past-President Kamal Shouhayib, Lebanese American Professionals Founder Elie Naim, MBN-TV Correspondent Jennifer Isso, WNZK AM-690 Broadcaster Mike Bahry, The Journal Newspapers Publisher Aziz Harridy, Detroit BellyDance Superstars Lana & Lalena, United States Army Captain Derrick Goodwin, former Mount Clemens Chief of Police Joe Macksoud, and celebrated Birmingham attorney Norman Yatooma.
Also enjoying the frosty evening were Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce Chairman Lew Ansara, Metro East Chamber of Commerce Chairman Maroun Hakim, Esq., American Arab Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Fay Beydoun, Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce Directors Johnny Oram and Jay Yasso, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit Director Nada Dalgamouni, Yemeni Arab American Outreach President Ibrahim Aljahim, State Department International Visitors Council of Detroit Executive Director Julie Oldani, Michigan Mortgage Brokers Association Past-President Steve Hagar, Michigan Association of Realtors President Furhad Waquad. Marriott Hotels Executive Renee Hanna, City of Dearborn Heights Community & Economic Development Director Hassane Jamal, leading the Canadian delegation, Mr. & Mrs. Tony Nader, and the delegation arriving from Ann Arbor was led by Dr. Oscar Lahoud and Dr. Myriam Afeiche.
A number of Lebanese Chamber officials joined in the merriment including: Lou Peters, and Advisory Board Members Fred Andary, Bill Kowalski, Renee Ahee, James & Danielle LaHood-Sarkis. Other members of the Lebanese Chamber's key leadership in attendance included: Gibran Nicholas, Jack Riashi, Ron Pruette, Ibrhahim Marji, Sam Attisha, and Tom Powrie.
Seen at the joyful gathering passing along tidings of good cheer were Beirut Bakery’s Catherine & Mona Hallis, Chrysler Executive Awny Fakhouri, Developers Jawad & Joe Defouni, Grosse Pointe socialites Caren & Crystel El-Khoury, and the husband and wife doctor team of Wassim & JoAnn Eid. Special guests celebrating the December splendor included: Christopher Gerges, Paul Borkosh, Roland Tohme, Jeff Abood, George Habbouche, Elie Tohme, Elias Awad, Josephine Nicholas, Andrew Agbay, Sandy Lahoud, Charbel Abi Badra, Karla & Micheline Bouchar, Hiam Khoury, Justin Macksoud, Mariam Arraf, Fadia Beiz, Malik Haddad, Jamal Choucair, Fadi Tahan, Al Mehanna, Loubna Fayz, Maha Jaber, Samira Alcodray, Nada Kerrdi, Imad Al Farrah, Maysoun Sweis, Mona Hanna, Rola Karadsheh, Fuad & Ibtisam Binno, Harry Barash, Wally Ammori, Layth Barash, Najib Attisha, Tony Dallo Nowfal Akash, ShawnBold Hanaee, Ed Babbie, John Oram, Arlene Kakos, Kastine Habib, Denise Arafat, Beth Saffar, Rana Sulaiman, Leeann Marougi, Debbie Kallabat, Rita Khayat, Valerie Koza, Jackie Rosenblat, Laura Roggero, Jennifer Allers, William Mazzola, Joseph Cool, Richton Appel, Joel Whitbeck, Richard Cross, and Chris Kittides.
A major
highlight of the evening was a special appearance by renown Lebanese artist Georges Misk, who was in town from Beirut while on a North American tour. The internationally renowned contemporary artist's idiosyncratic and complex pictorial language known worldwide, was not the only celebrity at the affair, accomplished local Lebanese American artist and professor Stephen Deeb made a cameo appearance to the event, as did Hollywood actor Alex Safi and model Heather Afram. The Chamber is working to secure an exhibit of Deeb's works at the Paramount Bank office in Ferndale, Michigan. Safi performed to rave reviews at this summers LEBFEST! '08 in Birmingham on the MainStage, where over 10,000 people attended.
Another exciting highlight of the night took place when LACC President & CEO Akouri along with Mexican Deputy Consul Sanchez-Catano led a group of guests in one of the season's all time favorite Christmas Carols 'Feliz Navidad' by José Feliciano. Benefiting the Salvation Army, this year's yuletide extravaganza was sponsored and presented by The Community Guide and Mr. Nizar Matta.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Our Lady of Lebanon New Year's Eve Party in Easton, PA

Friday, December 26, 2008

VIDEO: Traditional Christmastime Carols as Only Lebanese Diva Fairouz Can Sing Them in Classic Retro Music Videos

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Monday, December 15, 2008

Birmingham's Legendary Public House - DICK O DOW'S to Host Annual Lebanese Chamber Holiday Party

UPCOMING EVENT! - The Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce (LACC) is pleased to announce its annual Holiday Party at Birmingham’s legendary Public House – DICK O DOW'S (site of the 2008 Lebanese Festival VIP Party). The Event is sponsored by Tri County Advertising & The Community Guide and will take place on Thursday, December 18, 2008 from 6:00 - 11:00 pm. EVERYONE is welcome and encouraged to attend this FREE Networking Event & Business Mixer - exchange business cards, network with corporate members, associates and friends and meet with the region's leading movers & shakers as we celebrate the season! Chamber President & Chief Executive Officer John Akouri will present a quick update on upcoming events for next year. Savor DICK O DOW'S complimentary appetizers, experience great conversation and cocktails where warmth and conviviality are legend at this public house whose theme is "A Drink Comes Before A Story." Their warm, cozy atmosphere bears witness to their commitment to a true event experience and as a special treat, DICK O DOW'S will feature a live band performing a variety of music for your listening pleasure. This surely is a socializing & networking event you won't want to miss and EVERYONE is welcome to attend the best Holiday Event of the Year!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Historic Indianwood Country Club Site of Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce December Power Lunch

(LAKE ORION, MI)...The Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce (LACC) today held its monthly President’s ‘Power Lunch’ series, gathering some of the region’s top executives, entrepreneurs and fast-growing young professionals. This highly anticipated series is an extension of the Leadership Luncheon program, which was spearheaded in 2006 by LACC President John Akouri, and features leading business and civic leaders from throughout the country.
In addition to Akouri, luncheon guests included: Andary Real Estate Chairman Fred Andary, Level One Bank Chairman, President & CEO Patrick J. Fehring, Past-President of the Michigan Mortgage Brokers Assosciation & Northwood Financial Services President Steve Hagar, NAI Farbman/The Farbman Group Chief Operating Officer Michael Kalil, Former Detroit FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge & Kerby, Bailey & Associates Vice-President Bill Kowalski, J-Mack Investigative & Security Solutions & Former Mount Clemens Police Chief Joe Macksoud, the LACC General Counsel, Madonna University Vice President for Academic Administration Dr. Ernest Nolan, Paramount Bank Executive Vice-President Louis J. Peters, Jr., Sweet & Associates, Risk Managers Insurance Agency Senior Vice President Tom Powrie, and Peninsula Wealth Management Group/UBS First Vice-President Ron Pruette.
The President’s Power Lunch series is an exclusive meeting designed to create new rules and new avenues for powerful impact in the region and business world. It is about bringing business leaders together to discuss current and future goals while forging tangible relationships that turn networking into substantial gains for Chamber members, associates and the business community. The goals and objectives of the Chamber’s new luncheon series are focused at achieving business objectives well beyond foremost organizations and prime individuals across the nation. These structured business goals are aggressive and participants are part of the power of working together to further deliver the mission and contribute to the overall growth and advancement of the national Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

VIDEO: Jimmy Akouri Sings National Anthem Before Capacity Crowd of Over 20,000 Fans Prior to Detroit Red Wings Game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit

Thursday, December 04, 2008

John Akouri Speaks to Girl Scout Troupe #212 Today; Fmr. Capitol Hill Advisor to Discuss Public Service in America and the Role of Government

Monday, December 01, 2008

Palazzo Grande to Officially Open This Week, Announces New Year's Eve Gala; John Akouri to Serve as Master of Ceremonies at Ribbon Cutting Grand Event

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