NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 17, 2011) - Thomas Belesis, CEO of John Thomas Financial, an independent broker/dealer and investment-banking firm located in New York City's Financial District, received the Businessman of the Year Award from the Queens County Republican Party at their annual Spring Dinner and Awards Reception on Thursday, May 12th in Flushing Meadows, NY.
The Businessman of the Year Award honors an individual that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in business. Mr. Belesis was recognized for his achievements as Chief Executive Officer of John Thomas Financial, the Manhattan-based financial institution he founded in 2007 that continues to grow and prosper despite being faced with a global economic downturn. John Thomas Financial has seen success in identifying and building strategies around key markets for the investors they serve, including the funding of alternative energy, coal, oil and gas and exploration companies both domestically and internationally. In addition, John Thomas Financial has seen success working with the biopharmaceutical and entertainment industry, as well as various other sectors.
The Queens County Republican Party also noted Mr. Belesis' philanthropic contributions. He supports various causes including the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, and several animal rights and rescue charities.
"It is an honor to be recognized amongst such an esteemed and accomplished group of individuals," said Mr. Belesis, referring to an impressive roster of honored peers in business and politics. "I continue to be inspired by the men and women of the Republican Party as we work together today to build a better, more prosperous future for New York."
In 2009, Mr. Belesis was named Bronx GOP Man of the Year, an award presented to him by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Downtown Magazine, the first publication highlighting the best of Lower Manhattan, named Mr. Belesis "The New Face of Finance" in its Winter 2010 inaugural issue.
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About John Thomas Financial
John Thomas Financial, member of the FINRA and SIPC, is an independent broker-dealer and investment banking firm headquartered in New York City's Wall Street district. Emphasizing a client-centric approach to managing all aspects of its business, the firm offers a full complement of retail brokerage and corporate advisory services tailored to the unique needs of its clients. For more information on the firm, please visit: www.johnthomasbd.com