Savas C. Tsivicos, Immediate Past President
Savas C. Tsivicos was born and raised in a small farming community in the village of Innia, Paphos, Cyprus. In 1982, he left Cyprus for America drawn by educational and business opportunities, willing and determined to continue the hard work. One may say that Savas’ “American life” can be described as the embodiment of dreams, hopes and aspirations of thousands of immigrants who arrive in the United States to construct decent lives. He graduated his Bachelor of Science and M.B.A. degrees with Honors, from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his post graduate master’s certificate in management of government contracts from George Washington University.
He is the CEO of Cypreco Industries, Inc. a consulting, Engineering, general contracting and construction management company specializing in government and commercial contracts.
His sense of duty has taken him on the road to political and community involvement. Starting in 1987 he has participated in several presidential, congressional, senatorial, gubernatorial, state and local election campaigns.
Savas has served all the major Greek-American organizations, such as the Cyprus Federation of America, Inc., the American Hellenic Institute, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), where he served as Chapter President, District Governor and currently as National Chairman of The Cyprus and Hellenic Affairs Committee, the Greek American Chamber of Commerce of NJ and the Hellenic Federation of New Jersey in the capacity of President. He is a member of the Metropolitan council of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of NJ, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, a member of the Archdiocesan council of the Greek Orthodox Church of America and an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Highest honor to be conferred upon a layman. He is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of Queens College Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies.
Savas is a source of inspiration, leadership, and strength in his community but his true wealth lies in his vision and exceptional humanitarian efforts to enrich the lives of others in an admirable way. He has been recognized by several organizations and churches, for his efforts to preserve Hellenism and orthodoxy. In 1988, he was awarded a certificate of recognition by the President of Cyprus Mr. George Vassiliou for his contributions to the Cyprus cause. In 1997 he was awarded the NECO Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award, a meritorious award reserved for distinguished Americans who exemplify the spirit of hope that accompanied countless immigrants to the United States. In 2016 he was awarded the metal of exceptional service by the president of Cyprus Mr. Nicos Anastasiades for his efforts for justice and freedom for Cyprus.
As National President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Children’s Fund, a charitable foundation currently sponsoring 300 children, he has performed inspirational work. Under his leadership, hundreds of thousands of dollars were sent to Cyprus to help needy children and annual scholarships in excess of $50,000 are being awarded yearly to students of Cypriot descent studying in the USA. In the words of Winston Churchill “we make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give”, Savas does just that.
Savas is married to Maria and they have three children, Haralambos 31, Ellpetha 29, and Evangelos 26. They worship at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean, New Jersey where Savas served six terms as President of the Parish Council. Under his leadership and direct supervision the dream of a generation, the building of new church complex in Ocean Township started in 2009 and was completed in less than 3 years! The Tsivicos reside in Wayside, New Jersey.