SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kyriakos Tsakopoulos was named President & CEO of AKT Development Corporation and its affiliated group of companies. AKT is a diversified, family-owned, land development company headquartered in Sacramento, California, operating real estate, farming, ranching, water and minerals, building, and land development projects throughout North and Central California.
“I am delighted and honored to be entrusted with the leadership of our family companies. I look forward to continuing to work closely with our Founder & Chairman, Angelo K. Tsakopoulos, as I have been since grade school,” said Kyriakos Tsakopoulos.
Angelo K. Tsakopoulos said, “I am pleased and the family is happy that Kyriakos has worked his way up the company ranks to this position of leadership and trust. He will continue to perform exceptionally for the family and all its partners.”
Kyriakos was previously the Executive Vice President of the AKT Group of Companies and continues as principal of all the affiliated entities. In addition to his decades-long work with AKT, Kyriakos’ real estate experience is extensive, including, both as a Trustee of the California State University System, as Chair of its Campus Planning, Buildings and Grounds Committee, and as a Trustee of Columbia University, as Vice Chair of its Physical Assets Committee.
For the CalState System, he oversaw in excess of $2 billion of university capital projects at the 23 campuses throughout California. For Columbia University, his oversight duties include all buildings, investments and real property, most significantly the new Manhattanville campus of the University, one of the largest building projects in New York history.
Kyriakos is a native Sacramentan, private pilot, avid outdoorsman and is active in numerous regional, national and international civic and public policy institutions. He has also been a life-long political activist and major supporter of public policy issues and officials, most recently serving on the National Finance Council -- in the primary and general election – for Obama for President.
About Kyriakos Tsakopoulos
Kyriakos Tsakopoulos is President, CEO and Principal of AKT Development Corporation and its various affiliated entities (AKT). AKT is a diversified, family-owned, land development company headquartered in Sacramento, California, operating real estate, farming, ranching, water and minerals, building, and land development projects throughout North/Central California.
A Sacramento, California native, Mr. Tsakopoulos has been active in AKT and AKT projects his whole life, spearheading projects, negotiations and related matters at the direction of AKT’s visionary Founder & Chairman, Angelo K. Tsakopoulos. In addition to his other duties, Kyriakos reorganized all AKT holdings, projects and operations in Placer County, California, including the donation of land and coordination of entitlements to attract and fund the building of the first major private four-year university in California in 100 years – Drexel West University.
Mr. Tsakopoulos is also active in regional, national and international civic affairs and educational policy. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University, and also sits on the Board of Visitors of Columbia College. He is a Trustee of the California State University System, the largest university system in the world, and sits on the Board of the University of California, Davis M.I.N.D. Research Institute, the American Hellenic Institute Advisory Committee, the Crocker Museum of Art, and various other public service Boards and Commissions. He was a California Elector in the Electoral College of the United States in 2004.
Mr. Tsakopoulos is a Member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum/Davos, Switzerland, and is an Archon/Knight Commander of the Holy Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. He founded the “Aristotle and the Moderns Chair” in Hellenic Studies at Columbia University.
Mr. Tsakopoulos holds a Baccalaureate from Columbia University (Political Science), and a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific/McGeorge School of Law (environmental, water and real estate law). He is a member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court Bars, and “sat 3rd Chair” in the landmark Tsakopoulos case before the United States Supreme Court (4-4 decision).
Mr. Tsakopoulos rowed Varsity Eights for his beloved Columbia University Crew, both as a heavyweight and as a lightweight. He still rows and is an avid sportsman and outdoorsman. He travels extensively domestically and abroad.