The Greek businessman that loved hockey
Peter Karmanos is the CEO of Compuware Corporation and owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, Plymouth Whalers and Florida Everblades hockey teams.
Peter was born on March 11th, 1943 to Greek immigrant parents and had not spoken English before starting elementary school. He graduated Wayne State University and in 1973 he founded Compuware, a software company based at Detroit, with his partners Thomas Thewes and Allen Cutting.
Karmanos also co-founded the corporation Detroit Compuware Hockey at the end of ‘70s. In 1994, he purchased the Hartford Whalers, having committed to keeping the team for at least four years. He later renamed the team to Carolina Hurricanes and moved it to Raleigh, Carolina.
Karmanos received the Lester Patrick Trophy for his outstanding service to hockey. Moreover, his team went on to win the Stanley Cup in 2006.
He donated over $50 million dollars to the Prentis Cancer Center, which was later renamed to Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in 2001, in memory of his first wife, Barbara Ann Karmanos, who died of breast cancer in 1989.
Karmanos hosts his private web site www.karmanosunplugged.com and currently lives in Detroit with his wife Danialle and their Greek named sons Socrates, Leonidas and Spyros. Peter Karmanos has 6 children and 8 grand children.