SPYROS PETER GOUDAS Seminar on the Business
By Atilla Varga
Mr. Peter Goudas
Introduction of Mr. Peter Spyros Goudas,
As a guest speaker by Atilla Varga
"Ladies and Gentlemen, Today, we have with us the President and CEO of Goudas Foods & Investments Inc., Mr. Peter Goudas, who is going to tell you many important things about business that you will find very helpful for your own success as business people.
Mr. Goudas achieved an unbelievably successful career since he arrived to Canada.
Arriving from Greece 25 years ago, without knowledge of the English language or international trade and without financial background, he had difficult times at the beginning and became homeless.
However, he found a job soon and started saving some money.
Since 1969 he had started a company that kept growing successfully until the late 70's. Unfortunately, though on a cold winter night he crushed the bone of his leg and stayed in the hospital for 3 months.
By the time of his release his company was practically bankrupt.
Mr. Goudas achieved to rebuild his company from scratch.
Today, Goudas Foods employs hundreds of people and deals in more than 350 different products, which you are all familiar with and see in supermarkets and different ethnic suppliers.
Off-course I cannot show you all Mr. Goudas products today, because we would have stayed here for another two days.
I have a few samples to show you like the famous Goudas rice, different kind of soft drinks like Pina Colada, sardines in tomato sauce, corned beef, different sauces like the Magic Sauce, for beef, for chicken, for pork, various kind of beans and some others. Mr. Goudas' story is a real success.
Today he is one of the very known suppliers of food products in Canada.
How did he do it?
What kind of barriers did he face?
How did he overcome these barriers?
Who helped him?
Who did not help him?
What was his relationship and what is his relationship with banks, suppliers, and freight forwarders?
How does he import his products to the third world?
Mr. Goudas did not achieve to become a successful entrepreneur by sitting at home and watching baseball and hockey.
He did not mind working long hours, 7 days a week, having more than two jobs at the time or perhaps running two businesses.
He was anxious to do it.
He understood how he must perform in order to succeed.
He had to understand how the business exactly works and had to suit his company to the market.
Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome, the President and CEO of Goudas Foods & Investments Inc. Mr. Peter Goudas.
Mr. Goudas spoke to the executives for more than 3 hours.
His speech was recorded by Avra Video Production and has become a collector's item for the executives who attend his speech.