Former University of Ottawa Gee-Gees Men’s Hockey player Billy Triantafilos (BCom ’07) was recently recognized by the uOttawa Telfer School of Management as the 2017 recipient of the Young Achiever’s Award.
The award was created to honour individuals under 40 years old, who have been able to achieve greatness in their lives within an exceptional period of time.
“Well, totally surprised to be honest,” Triantafilos said of his reaction to the accolade. “That’s probably the best way to put it, I had absolutely no idea I was in the running of any sort. But, it’s quite an honour to be recognized,” he said.
Since graduating uOttawa, Triantafilos co-founded TC United, a company focusing on real estate and property management in Ottawa. Triantafilos said his time at uOttawa played a role in pursuing a career in the real estate industry.
During one of his seasons with the Gee-Gees, Triantafilos lived in a building on campus formerly known as the “Hockey Hut” with teammates. “It was nice because, when we had games, when we had practices, we were all up and everyone was on the same schedule, so it really worked well for recruiting purposes and keeping on track,” he said.
Following his time at the “Hockey Hut,” Triantafilos and his teammates were in search of a new place to live during the upcoming season. “The ball started rolling in my mind . . . we had to move on, in doing so, five or six players were saying, ‘Well, we’ve got no where to live next year,” he said.
“I came up with the idea, if I buy something and manage this process, I can move all these guys in and we can create some space in the basement, renovate a little bit, add some rental income.”
According to Triantafilos, the discipline and time management skills he learned as a student athlete at uOttawa has been essential for running a business. “Being a student-athlete . . . everything remained very organized and regimented, so I transferred that into my day-to-day life,” he said.
“Nowadays, running a business, you have to be extremely organized, you have to be very disciplined, making sure you're doing things that you have to do, day-in day-out, and not slack off,” Triantafilos added. “That’s the best thing I took from being a student athlete.”
For current uOttawa students aspiring to pursue a career in business and entrepreneurship, Triantafilos advised to stay positive.
“There’s lots of ups and downs, but keep your head up and keep grinding away,” he said. “Believe in what you're doing and remain disciplined, remain positive, and look at the glass half full, so to speak.”
“Once you're disciplined, positive and hard working, good things happen.”