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About Van

Van Constantine Pappas was born at Crawford Long Hospital in 1970 and raised in Sandy Springs near Chastain Park. A graduate of Riverwood High School, Van continued his education at Georgia Southern University where he earned a BA degree in Finance. Throughout his high school and college career, Van worked for Revco Drug Stores, including a time where he was the assistant manager at the location in Chamblee Plaza. In 1997, Van transferred his retail management skills from Revco to Best Buy in Charlotte, NC, and Greenville, SC.

Van has been an independent financial planner since 1999. He began his career working with Crifasi Enterprises, Inc., a small firm located in Sandy Springs, and earned his status as a Certified Financial Planner.  In 2012, Van began working for the independent firm, oXYGen Financial, which has offices in Alpharetta and Buckhead.

Over the last decade, since the birth of his son, Van has become very active in the Chamblee Community. While President of the Chamblee Business Association, he took steps to create the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the Chamblee Recreational Advisory Committee (RAC), the Huntley Hills Elementary Council, and Keep Chamblee Beautiful. He is currently the Vice President of the Huntley Hills Swim and Tennis Club board and has been instrumental in the redevelopment of the club property.

Van is a key figure on the Downtown Development Authority (DDA). In 2013, when the DDA was sanctioned, Van served as the Chairman, a position he held for two years. Currently, he is the DDA Vice-Chair. Van continues to serve the City of Chamblee through his volunteer service and leadership, investing his time and skills to ensure the best for his community.

Family
Van is the second generation of his family to be born in the United States. Both sets of grandparents immigrated to the United States from Greece in the 1930s: His paternal grandparents settled in the Massachusetts area and his maternal grandparents settled in South Carolina.

His parents, Arthur and Connie Pappas, just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and continue to reside in Van’s childhood home. Arthur Pappas served in the Army as an MP during the Vietnam War and afterwards owned a restaurant in the Roswell area (Bob’s Dairy Barn) and served as a Fulton County Deputy Sheriff. Connie Pappas is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a Medical Technologist for Crawford Long Hospital for 22 years.

Van (Evangelos) and his family have been members of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation since the 1960s. Through his connections in the Greek Community, Van was given the honor of running the Olympic Torch in Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics. Since returning to Atlanta, Van has been involved with cooking and preparation of the lamb for the Greek Festival, a tradition started by his father and uncle in 1974 which he now shares with his cousin.

Van married Lori Thompson in 1997. She received her BA in Anthropology at Georgia Southern University and her MA in Anthropology from Georgia State University. She has almost 20 years of experience as an Archaeologist in Cultural Resource Management and is currently on the board of the Society for Georgia Archaeology. She is continuing her work with the MARTA Collection at Georgia State University and is the Archivist for the Chamblee History Project. In the past, she has served as a board member of the Huntley Hills Neighborhood Association, the Huntley Hills Swim and Tennis Club, and the Huntley Hills Elementary School PTA.

Van and Lori have one son, Theo, who has lived his life in Huntley Hills of Chamblee. He began his education at the Huntley Hills Elementary School and is currently attending Kittredge Magnet School. He was a student of karate for five years and currently enjoys playing basketball for the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. He also attends Greek School and is a member of the Greek Dance Troup.


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