Name: Sándor Erdélyi
Job Title: CEO
Company: ABP Ápisz-BudaPiért Zrt. Hungary (EOSA member)
What were your childhood ambitions? To achieve the changes in my life that my father managed despite his social status. He was born into a family that was ‘undesirable’ for the communist regime in the 1950s and finally managed to become a doctor. People with such a background were not permitted into higher education.
What was your first full-time job? At Michelin as a technical and sales consultant, in parallel with the last two years of my daytime university studies.
What was the first record you bought? KISS: Dynasty
If you could invite two famous people for dinner, who would they be, and why would you invite them? I would invite the current prime minister (of Hungary) and the leader of the opposition party (who was the former prime minister) in order to find out why they cannot understand each other despite the fact that I can understand both languages they speak.
What is your favourite movie, and why? Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. This is about heroism, selfishness, faith, willpower and endurance.
What is your favourite holiday destination? I do not have one particular place. Life is too short not to travel all the time to another place.
If you could build your house anywhere, where would it be? In the middle of a forest beside a spring on a hill far from human beings where mobile phones do not operate!
What makes you angry? Stupid, illogical people.
What pets do you have? I am the pet at home – none more needed!
What was your luckiest break? It was the ‘break’ of my car several years ago. It was in fact the end of the car after a collision with a truck. Stepping out from the car without an injury was a lucky break.
What is your best piece of advice? Be yourself!
Which industry figure do you most admire? I prefer not to admire, but to perform something to be admired.
Can money buy happiness? Yes, but just for a few seconds…
What has been the best moment in your career? It has not happened so far.
What has been the worst moment in your career? I was fired several times, but I have always found myself in a far better position later.
Describe the OP industry in three words or phrases. Fast-changing, tough, full of challenges.
If you won the lottery, what would be the first item you bought? Maybe a piece of land similar to the one described above, or start up an art gallery, or…
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Well, maybe losing 10-15kg would be alright!
If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do? At first maybe a coat would be great to put on so as not to be hit by a car!
Which three items would you want if secluded on a desert island? A short-wave radio to possibly make contact with civilisation. Secondly, a mechanical generator to supply the radio with electricity, and thirdly a map or GPS to tell others where the hell I am. Hopefully, the island is not a complete a desert, and water and food can be found somehow. If not, the preferences could change slightly…
If you could be God for the day, what miracle would you perform? I would not apply for the position. It isn’t a challenge to have all the tools and possibilities to do anything without any limits.
What is your biggest weakness? To be intolerant to stupidity.
What is your greatest strength? I know myself.
Have you got any nicknames? Aromo: the Uncontrollable Cerebrum Rabbit. It’s an extremely funny children’s book by a Hungarian author.
What has been your biggest achievement? Starting in my first month, I managed the complete restructuring of my company in four months.
Have you ever read a book that changed your life? Not my life, but my way of thinking. Friedrich Nietzsche’s Zarathustra.
If you could be any historical figure for a day, who would you be and why? I would like to be Adolf Hitler in order not to give out the first order to start World War II in September 1939.
Which newspaper do you read? Economics, politics and society-related newspapers.
How would you like to be remembered? A man who made sense to live.