Alumni Feature – Nick Sfakianos '01 (center of photo)
Can you describe your current position a little bit?
I sell medical equipment for Depuy/Synthes where I advise hospitals on how to use the product. I also serve as partner for Ouzo Bay, Azumi and Harbor East delicatessen.
What is your best LC memory of being on the Hornet men's lacrosse team?
It's tough because there are so many. It's strange I can still remember practices and games like they just happened. I can remember the smells associated with playing; walking across the bridge at W&L; the jogs to practice; the conditioning on the track; game days; bus trips; sitting in the locker room after practices and just ragging on each other. Our team had something special and it's hard to put a true "word" to it.
Another unreal memory was half time of our last home game against Ohio Wesleyan University on Senior Day. Mom and Dad didn't miss one game in my entire career. Being able to give my mother a rose and hug each of them and tell them thank you was amazing.
What did a Lynchburg College education do for your career?
The College itself offers the small school setting which I loved. This has helped in my career in dealing with people. With small classes you have to interact with others…you can't get "lost in the crowd". Lynchburg also offers a great deal of leadership opportunities. I served as a connection leader and was able to be a resource for incoming freshmen. We would be there for freshmen orientation and also hold weekly meetings on various subjects like time management, dealing with stress, or just being an ear for people. I was lucky with the professors I had. Not one professor had an ego and they were always accessible for me. They held you accountable to a high level, which at times seemed overwhelming. At the end of the day you have to produce just like in my career you have to produce. There are no excuses.
Who on the LC campus most affected you or was the biggest positive influence?
Dr. Gary Ness was a world of information. He had many experiences in his life that you could learn from and he was by far the most approachable and kind human I've ever come across. All he wanted to do was share his knowledge with students so you could learn from his mishaps and use his best practices. He also wasn't afraid of calling on friends and business colleagues to help you out. He made a call for me to a former associate of his who was VP within the PGA. Within days I was offered an unbelievable internship with him.
How much have you been able to follow the team's success in recent seasons?
I've followed the team from the day I graduated. It's a brotherhood that I'm proud to carry. It's always nice to see the team succeed and what's equally as important are the guys on the team. Every person that I've had the opportunity to meet, whether a current player or alumni, is a solid guy. This is rare to find in a program.