December 05, 2013
President Barack Obama has nominated George J.
Tsunis ’92 as the United States Ambassador to Norway. The
appointment is pending confirmation hearings in the U.S.
A businessman, and philanthropist active in the Greek-American
community, Tsunis is the founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive
Officer of Chartwell Hotels LLC, which owns, develops and manages
Hilton, Marriott, and Intercontinental hotels across the Northeast
and Middle Atlantic states. Prior to founding Chartwell Hotels, he
was a partner at Rivkin Radler LLP, where he represented private
clients and municipalities land use and zoning, real estate,
corporate, municipal law and commercial litigation matters.
Tsunis' past public service includes time as a Legislative Attorney
at the New York City Council, Special Counsel to the Town of
Huntington Environmental Open Space Committee, and as Counsel to
the Dix Hills Water District.
He is currently a member of the Archdiocesan Council of the
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and of both the Faith and
Leadership 100 Endowments. Tsunis is an Archon of the Ecumenical
Patriarchate (Order of Saint Andrew) — the highest ecclesiastical
honor that can be bestowed upon a layman — and serves on its
National Council. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of
Friend's Academy, a member of the Brookings Institution's Foreign
Policy Leadership Committee and its Metropolitan Leadership
Council, and serves as a Director of the Don Monti Foundation and
of the Business Executives for National Security.
Among other honors, Tsunis is the recipient of the Dowling
College Presidential Medal, the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for
Long Island Cares, the WLIW Channel 21 Person of the Year, Long
Island Business News 40 most influential people on Long Island
under 40 years old, and the recipient of the Cyprus Federation’s
Justice for Cyprus Award, which was personally awarded to him by
former President of Cyprus Dimitris Christofias.