Alumnus Philip Philliou ’93 was featured in a National Herald article about a $100,000 gift he made in honor of Fordham Law Professor Constantine Katsoris ’57.
Philip J. Philliou, a financial technology entrepreneur and graduate of Fordham Law School, donated $100,000 to the institution in honor of Fordham Law professor, Constantine N. Katsoris, who is the longest serving full time professor at Fordham. His research and teaching areas are estates/trusts/wills, arbitration, securities, accounting, and income and estate taxation. As Philliou told The National Herald, “The professor is legendary.” The donation reflects how highly esteemed Professor Katsoris is among the students whose lives he changed through his teaching. Philliou, who graduated Fordham Law in 1993, made a career in the payments business at American Express and MasterCard. For the past 10 years, he has been an advisor to Fortune 500 companies and involved in venture funded businesses in the US and Brazil. Philliou is the president and CEO of TruBeacon, a technology development company specializing in mobile payments, rewards, and data analytics. With a highly experienced team of business and technical people, they provide refined mobile apps for consumers and sophisticated software for POS terminals. Married to Annitsa with two sons, Philliou is also president of the parish council at the Cathedral of St. John the Theologian in Tenafly, NJ. A plaque commemorating the gift hangs next to the portrait of Professor Katsoris at Fordham. It reads, “This space was made possible through the generosity of Philip J. Philliou, Jr. Gabelli ’90, Fordham Law ’93 in honor of Professor Constantine ‘Gus’ Katsoris.”