"I went to Tuck because I wanted an education that would help me bring new ideas to an old-fashioned business," says Peter Georgiopoulos. "Tuck helped me in what I've done in my business career. It's been a stepping-stone that's helped me in life. You have to support an institution like that. I'm a big believer in giving back."
There are hundreds of Tuck alumni who will enthusiastically tell you that the school's emphasis on teamwork is one of its strongest attributes. Georgiopoulos is of two minds about that. He is not a fan of the shared decision-making part of teamwork for one simple reason—when he's working on a project, he wants to be in charge. But the interpersonal part of working in a team environment, the way it helped him connect with classmates, was a highlight of his Tuck years. "I made great friends there, and to me, friends are the most important thing in life. Period."
After a brief, post-Tuck stop on Wall Street, Peter Georgiopoulos launched a successful career in the shipping business. He is founder and chairman of General Maritime Corporation, one of the world's largest oil-tanker companies, and of the bulk shipping company Genco Shipping and Trading. He is also chairman of the oil services company Aegean Marine Petroleum. He served on the steering committee for Tuck's Investing in Excellence capital campaign, is a member of Tuck's board of overseers, and recently made a campaign gift toward the 130-seat Georgiopoulos classroom in Tuck's Raether Hall.
I went to Tuck because I wanted an education that would help me bring new ideas to an old-fashioned business.” Peter Georgiopoulos T'87