Panagiote (Pete) Tsolis joined Hellenic American University (HAU) in 2021 as an instructor in the business program after two decades of international corporate experience. Now an assistant professor, he is reshaping the University’s business programs as Director of the Business Programs.
His strategic vision draws on the strength of the faculty and their real-world experience; among his immediate priorities has been to expand the program’s team of faculty members to include new hires who are stellar practitioners in their fields and translate that experience in the classroom.
Pete comes to the university with an impressive track record in senior management positions in the hospitality, tourism, casino gaming, and tech sectors. While at MGM Resorts International, Pete led efforts to consolidate the marketing activities of the group’s individual properties into a coherent centralized corporate strategy. He also worked for Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where he handled corporate partnerships and VIP customers as a member of the opening management team that was set up after Deutsche Bank acquired the partially completed property and decided to convert the planned condominium tower into an integrated resort casino valued at $4 billion. Pete’s corporate experience also includes start-ups. At VizExplorer, he was responsible for providing case studies to the development team and building a business services department, along with the consulting work he did for clients from North Africa, Europe, North America, Latina America, and Asia.
Born in Long Beach California, Pete moved with his family to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he continued his studies, earning a BSBA in Marketing and an Executive MBA from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He is currently a PhD candidate with Pepperdine University in Global Leadership and Change, with a dissertation on sustainable tourism development in Greece. Not surprising, perhaps, when you consider that traveling is how he likes to spend his free time. Pete has already traveled to most of the states in the US (30 so far) and has spent extended periods of time in Greece and Mexico.