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Roman Sledziejowski Shares His Insights on Running A Successful Business

Roman Sledziejowski

 

 

Roman Sledziejowski is currently the Vice Chairman of Savant Strategies, an international management consulting firm.

 

Roman Sledziejowski, a Polish-born American businessman, began his professional career in New York City at Salomon Smith Barney, Member of Travelers Group at the age of 17 where he worked for the investment bank part-time throughout his final year of high school.

 

At the age of 18, he became the youngest National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) licensed stockbroker in the United States and began working full time as an Investment Associate at Smith Barney, a Member of Citigroup.

 

In 2002, Roman Sledziejowski became the Vice President of Investments at Prudential Securities in New York City. Then in 2004, he was promoted to the position of First Vice President of Investments.

 

At the age of 25, Roman Sledziejowski became the Senior Vice President and Investment Officer of Wachovia Securities. At the time it was the 3rd largest investment firm in the United States with over 10,000 brokers working in 700 office locations and $680 billion in assets under management.

 

While at Wachovia Securities, Roman Sledziejowski began to make personal investments in multi-family rental properties in New York, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Through various partnerships, Roman Sledziejowski purchased and re-developed nearly 400 residential units between 2004 and 2009.

 

In 2006, Roman Sledziejowski founded Innovest Holdings, a New York City-based financial holding company. Innovest Holdings operated through four main subsidiaries: TWS Financial, LLC: a full-service broker-dealer based in Washington, DC with over $500 million in annual market transactions, servicing primarily foreign high net worth individual clients and international financial institutions. TradeWallStreet.com: one of the leading online Broker/Dealer platforms at the time, catering to individual investors. TWS Investment Partners, LLC: a real estate investment and finance company with over $100 million in real estate projects, and TWS Capital Partners, LLC: an offshore investment advisor with client assets exceeding $1 billion.

 

In 2007, Roman Sledziejowski co-founded MyPlace Development, Sp. Z o.o., a Poznan, a Poland-based real estate development company. His co-founder, Sebastian Kulczyk, served as the company’s CEO. Roman Sledziejowski served as the Company’s Chairman of the Board, until early 2010.

 

In December of 2009, RJS finalized the sale of his interest in MyPlace Development for $7.3 million in cash to Kulczyk Real Estate Holding SARL in Luxembourg.

 

In 2013, Roman Sledziejowski co-founded Savant Strategies, an international management consulting firm that provides management consulting services to middle-market companies primarily in Latin America, Europe, and South Africa. Then in 2021, Roman Sledziejowski took on the role of Vice Chairman at Savant Strategies.

 

We recently got to connect with Roman Sledziejowski to get his insights on how to start a successful business and how he manages to keep a work-life balance.

 

How do you handle difficult clients and coworkers?

 

It is important to keep things in perspective and remain calm and composed regardless of the situation. I think it is wise to let any conflict or disagreement subside and only then confront the problem head-on with appropriate action, whatever that may be.

 

Tell us about a skill you taught yourself.  How did you go about learning?

 

Staying calm and never reacting emotionally to adversity when first confronted with it. Without a question, my life has afforded me plenty of opportunities to practice this skill.

 

It took a lot of self-discipline at first while constantly reminding myself that reacting emotionally is rarely a winning strategy. With time I taught myself to react to adversities with a cool head and at this point, it is almost my second nature to do so.

 

What advice do you have for someone interested in starting their own company?

 

Whatever business you plan to start, above all, make sure that you are more than adequately capitalized or have access to additional reliable capital sources if the need arises. Even the best business concepts fail as a result of inadequate cash flow.

 

It does not matter how great of an idea you have and how hard you work on it if the business can’t afford to pay bills and make necessary investments due to insufficient capital or cash flow.

 

What are the key elements for starting and running a successful business?

 

Access to capital and the ability to assemble a trusted, intelligent, and fully committed team.

 

How do you manage your workflow effectively?

 

You need to be able to develop methods of prioritizing and planning out work tasks that best fit you and your work style. This takes time to accomplish.

 

How do you prioritize your work? 

 

I always keep a daily log of tasks that need to be accomplished. Every morning I go through that list and assign each task a numerical priority of either 1, 2, or 3. I circle tasks that have been started and cross out tasks as they get accomplished. I try as much as possible to tackle tasks in the order of this priority schematic.

 

How do you find a work-life balance?  How do you like to spend your free time?

 

It is a challenge for everyone nowadays since boundaries between work life and personal life get more and more blurry. It is important to find activities that take your mind off of work, allow you to relax, and most importantly make you happy.

 

I have always had a great passion for fine food and I find tremendous enjoyment and satisfaction in preparing a diversified array of cuisine several evenings during the week. I find everything about it, from planning out meals and prepping ingredients to doing the actual cooking and eating, to be very relaxing and liberating to my mind.

 

Additionally, I have found that biking in the very early morning hours through mostly empty city streets does wonders to clearing my mind and preparing my body for the challenges of the upcoming day.

 

Please share a quote that has been most meaningful to you?

 

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

 

Who is the one entrepreneur to be your greatest example and inspiration?  Why?

 

Jeff Bezos. It is truly remarkable what he was able to accomplish bringing his broad vision to reality, despite tremendous doubt and criticism which he received for how he managed his company in its early years. He stayed committed to his vision and through perseverance proved all the critics wrong.

 

Can you share your approach to managing an effective balance between life and work?

 

It is crucial to keep things in perspective and remember that we are only human and the day only has 24 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental engineering and MBA by degree that has found passion within the digital marketing space and as a result transformed businesses and individuals’s realities throughout, by helping them voice their stories on top publications.

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