Spotlight on you!

Mark J. Pinto

When did you graduate from EUC / CC?
BSc (Hons) 1988 & MBA 1989.

Would you share with us a highlight of your university experience? Is there something that you will always remember?
The focus and the dedication of the faculty to empower us to think critically, and embrace the notion that foundational learning principles are a catalyst to multi-dimensional thinking and professional success.

How did your career progress and what position do you hold now?
I have held progressive C-Suite executive positions in Toronto, Canada, and have specialized in the Wealth Management industry; both asset management and retail distribution. I am currently Executive Vice President, Leadership & Growth Strategy at Harbourfront Wealth Management.

What would your peers and friends say your strengths and weaknesses are?
My strengths include: strategic management and execution, change management, M & A, P & L responsibility and experience working with Boards.
My weaknesses include: a lack of patience for bureaucracy and red tape, and detailed knowledge of emerging markets.

Tell me about a person or an event that has markedly changed you.
When I contemplated starting my MBA, I did not have the funds to pay for tuition costs. Mr. Andreas Eleftheriades was the Director at that time, and he made an executive decision to make an exception and allow me to complete my MBA, and pay all my fees after the fact without any interest. That one act of kindness and compassion, changed the trajectory of my professional career and opened doors that would not have been otherwise possible. I am eternally grateful to him for this! The value of this one act of kindness cannot be quantified!

Have you ever tried something and failed, but were glad you did it?
My wife and I started an orphanage in India and financially supported it from Toronto. After many years, the lady who was managing it passed away and it fell apart shortly thereafter. My mantra is ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’, as this incident was a catalyst to supporting other philanthropic projects over the years, and appreciating the fact that vision with execution is hallucination!

What advice do you have for young graduates?
Two adages I live by:
a) Impossible is Nothing!
b) The sky is your destination, NOT the limit!

Do not let others define or limit you. Don’t just pursue further education, but glean practical wisdom that can be applied to real life situations. Challenge the status quo in business and develop business disruption strategic thinking that can revolutionize industries. Pursue ‘stretch’ opportunities constantly, as they will help you redefine what you thought your limits were!

Would you like to share any thoughts with fellow alumni?
If I had an opportunity to live my academic life again, I wouldn’t change a thing. The intersection of my academic and life experiences in Cyprus, prepared me very well for the professional and personal success I have achieved in New York and Toronto.
In a time where young students pursue ‘brand name’ universities, I still believe a degree is only as good as the depth and versatility of the person who stands behind it! For me, I have, and continue to compete extremely well against the finest in North America and hold my own.
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