This month, LNE Consulting
sat down to speak with Manager Niko. We wanted to find out a little more about his previous experience and his journey to management. Take a look at what he had to say.
LNE Consulting: Thanks Niko for taking the time to chat with us. We want to learn more about you. Tell us a little about your background?
Niko: My parents are from Sparta Greece. They came to the United States for an opportunity and the great “American dream.” My parents were both entrepreneurs and got involved in the restaurant business. While growing up I quickly became involved in restaurants as well. I also was involved in sports growing up and excelled at basketball and football. I was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship to Fordham University. I played 4 years and was captain of the team my senior year, while receiving a degree in History and Pre Law.
I later tried out for a few U.S. professional teams. I went to some camps and later decided to take my talents overseas to see the world and follow my passion. I was fortunate enough to play 8 years professionally in 5 different countries. It was an incredible experience. I had an opportunity to travel and meet some great people along the way.
LNE: Why did you change career paths?
Niko: Upon retiring from playing basketball, I quickly returned to what I knew best, which was the restaurant business. I worked my way up to a director of operations running over 30 locations. The businesses were later sold after a few years and I was left looking for another opportunity. I knew that I missed basketball, but I didn’t want to return to the restaurant business, because of the countless hours and the no balance of life.
LNE: So why did you select LNE?
Niko: I selected LNE because it was something different. I felt that it had some common threads that basketball had, such as a competitive atmosphere, teamwork, and unlimited grow potential. I quickly understood the opportunity and what was needed in order to grow into a management role.
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LNE: Please tell us a little about your path to management.
Niko: My path to management started off difficult, as in anything new you start. I went through my growing pains, but I quickly excelled once I grasped the system and never looked back. I was extremely focused on my goal and was determined to reach it. It took me just a year to grow into a management role and I am now running Sparta Consulting.
And a fun fact, or two, that we may not know about you?
Growing up in the restaurant business made me a pretty good cook! I also wanted to pursue acting growing up. I have a talent of changing the way I speak to sound like different characters.
Thank you Niko for taking the time to sit and chat with us here at LNE Consulting.
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