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Tommy Belesis, CEO & Founder

Tommy BelesisFounder and CEO of John Thomas Financial,
Since founding John Thomas Financial in 2007, Tommy Belesis has served as the CEO of this growing New York-based financial services company. At John Thomas, Tommy Belesis continues to leverage the expertise that he accumulated during a long and successful career as a Wall Street investment banker. Under his expert stewardship, John Thomas has grown from a boutique broker-dealer into an ambitious investment banking organization that aims to connect leading innovators in emerging industries with the capital and management experience that they require to grow. Thanks to the leadership of Tommy Belesis, John Thomas Financial now has several international affiliates and subsidiaries. These include John Thomas Global Trading, John Thomas Private Wealth Management and JTF Insurance.

Tommy Belesis is in a unique position to use his financial expertise and private sector success to address long-term global food, water and energy crises. Tommy Belesis has served the World Energy Forum as an Executive Board Member since 2009 and continues to collaborate with global leaders on international environmental issues. As the United Nations Global Millennium Development Foundation's Chairman of the Board, he has spearheaded a drive to raise private funds in the service of eight specific U.N. benchmarks. These include halting the spread of HIV and halving the number of individuals who live in extreme poverty around the world.

Since January 2012, Tommy Belesis has been a trustee of the New York Institute of Energy and Water. This new university aims to leverage higher education and focused research to foster a sustainable development renaissance that dramatically reduces water and energy usage while preserving the natural environment. Under his direction, John Thomas and its affiliates actively fund research into various forms of alternative energy as well as new methods of extracting and using coal, oil and natural gas. The firm also funds domestic and international exploration companies.

Tommy Belesis also plays leadership roles outside of John Thomas Financial. In 2009, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani presented Tommy Belesis with the Bronx GOP Man of the Year award. In 2011, Tommy Belesis earned the New York Republican County Committee's coveted Businessman of the Year award. Tommy Belesis also traveled to Tampa as an official delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention and is Co-Chairman of the Finance Committee of New York State's Republican Party.

Tommy Belesis is a personal benefactor of several organizations, including The Newmark School, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. Tommy Belesis also contributes to various animal rights and rescue organizations as well as the Greek America Foundation.

Tommy Belesis regularly appears on FOX Business News and CNBC as a panelist and guest expert on issues surrounding finance, national politics and the broader economy.