Raicho Raichev



Name: Raicho Georgiev Raichev
Job Title: Chairman of the Managing Board
Company: Panda Coop
What were your childhood ambitions? To grow up.
Where was your first full-time job? At Panda.
What was your first vehicle/car? Zhiguli.
What is your best quality? My sense of humour – I hope!
What is your worst quality? It’s in connection with my best quality.
How do you like to relax?
Spending time with family and friends.
What is your favourite book? Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck.
What is your favourite restaurant? Zlatishki prohod.
What sports teams do you support?
CSKA Sofia.
What do you begrudge spending money on? On salaries! That’s a joke, of course!
What could you not live without? Water and food, I guess. But the air is also very important!
What is your favourite drink?
What is your favourite movie? Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola.
If you could invite two people for dinner, who would they be, and why would you invite them? Only two? Then my parents, I guess! This will make them happy!
If you could build your house anywhere, where would it be? Maybe Kizhi Island, on Onega Lake in Karelia (Russia).
What was the last CD you bought? Gravity Co – a very interesting young Bulgarian band.
What makes you happy? In general small things. Mornings, for example!
What makes you depressed?
Lack of tolerance.
What was your luckiest break? Starting Office 1 in Bulgaria: it was hard and uncertain in the beginning.
What is your greatest fear? That this civilization will commit suicide.
Which industry figure do you most admire? Mark Baccash.
Who is the most influential person in your life? My wife, she influences most of my decisions!
What was your biggest mistake in life? I’d like to think I haven’t made it yet.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned in life? To stop talking and start listening to others.
What do you enjoy most about your job? My job.
What has been the best moment in your career? Getting the OPI award two years ago! I just wish that my partners had been there with me for that moment!
What has been the worst moment in your career? I draw a lesson from them and forget the exact situations.
What was your most embarrassing industry-related experience? Thank God, I haven’t had any so far!
What would you like to be doing in five years’ time? What about "the same things but across a wider spread"?
Describe yourself in three adjectives: Tall, dark and handsome.