Distinguished Alumni Awards
Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
Andreas Economopoulos (97C)
Andreas Economopoulos(97C) isn’t the type of person to let success go to his head. Though he runs a company that averages over $2.5 million in revenue, friends and employees describe him as an entrepreneur who has stayed true to his values while running a very successful business.
As his employee Daniel Pugh puts it, “his company has made seven figures two years running and yet he wears flip-flops and a ‘Life is Good’ t-shirt to work. He drives a sensible car and never once would you guess that he is as successful as he is.”
Economopoulos describes opening his own technology staffing business in 2006 as “very scary and somewhat slow beginning in the first few months.” Having worked in technology staffing since 1999, he felt ready to take the risk of starting his own business. “I talked my wife into letting me take a stab at doing my own thing,” he said. “It has turned out to be the best decision that I have ever made.”
Even his competitors in the business praise Economopoulos’s work ethic and his company, Professional Insight. “As an entrepreneur, Andreas is one of the most respected IT staffing practitioners in the Atlanta marketplace and has earned the respect and loyalty of a large client base,” said Travis Reding, Regional Director for the Beacon Hill Staffing Group in Atlanta.
“This respect has been earned, over time, through a high level of integrity and unique delivery methods which are often unparalleled in the IT staffing industry. At the same time, he has stayed true to his business and personal friendships along with his core values.”
Though the economic recession “was a very trying time as cash flow was getting low and the market had collapsed,” Economopoulos said, “we buckled down and cut costs and waited. We made it through the really horrible market and came through on the other side as stronger business people.”
An Academic All-American and a member of the soccer team during his time at Berry, Economopoulos coaches children and youth soccer leagues in Atlanta and mentors entrepreneurship classes. He appeared on the cover of Cobb Life magazine in 2012 as one of “20 Rising Stars Under 40.”
Pugh is quick to point out that “It’s not all about making money,” for Economopoulos. “We change people’s lives in a lot of ways, and Andreas leads by example,” he said, adding that Economopoulos is generous in sharing both his time and money with several charitable organizations.