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#FINNFam Friday | Meet Athanasia Sfikas

March 25, 2022

Who in history would you like to have dinner with?

Dinner with John F. Kennedy, Neil Armstrong, and Cleopatra and the architect who designed the Great Pyramid of Giza. I would have a lot of questions for them at dinner.

What is your greatest professional achievement?

I don’t think I’m ready to name the greatest achievement because I still think I have a few more good years left to pursue more goals.  While there have been some quite memorable client experiences that make for interesting conversations at social gatherings, to date I’d have to say it would have to be leading 39 IPOs over the past 20+ years.  No comment on who could be #40. 

What is the one principle that has guided your life and career?

Above all, be a good person. If you are good to the people you work with and try to do right by them, they will want to work with you and feel empowered to bring their best. This is where loyalty is built and respect is won.  I try to teach my kids these same lessons.

Which news sites/outlets do you check regularly?

Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg with CNBC usually on TV in the background.

What three things would you want most if stranded on a desert island?

  1. Satellite Phone
  2. Swiss Army Knife
  3. Fully stocked bar complete with a solar-powered portable ice machine that has a desalination function. (If this item doesn’t exist, someone should consider creating it)