Meet George Liakakis
George joined our team as a CPA in 2016 and focuses on business and individual taxation.
How did you come to work at SC?
Mike Callahan’s wife (Danielle) being one of my bosses at UMass Lowell as a student intern. Which led to a lunch date with Mike 3-4 years after I graduated. The rest was history. (Can’t get away from those Callahan’s!)
What’s your favorite thing about working at the firm?
The family atmosphere, firm flexibility, and great management/leadership. Makes working in public accounting and the financial industry much easier.
What’s special about your SC clients?
The trust they have in me honestly keeps me going and striving to become a better advisor for them.
What’s your life like outside the office?
I like to hang out with friends and family every opportunity I get. I also try to take a few vacations a year, the biggest one being Greece every summer.
Do you have a work/life philosophy?
I think balance is key. But I truly believe if you work hard and build your colleagues and clients trust, it all pays off and leads to a happy life.
Share a piece of professional advice most people could benefit from?
Don’t try and handle life changing financial situations without checking in with your financial advisor/CPA.
How did you end up in the field?
It all started with a late-night weekend conversation on my back porch back when I was a freshman or going into the start of my sophomore year in college. A neighbor and long-time family friend asked me what my plan was. All I knew was that I wanted to be a business major. I was leaning towards the finance concentration because my sister had just finished up in finance but wasn’t sure yet. He brought up the 3 letter Acronym “CPA.” To be completely honest as an 18/19 year old I had no idea what that was. I give him credit for putting the bug in my ear while all other business majors and friends also in business school told me accounting was awful. Once I took my first accounting course, I knew that was my destiny. It came very easy to me.
What would you do if you didn’t do this?
I would probably be more involved in opening and running restaurants (which I am already a part owner of two in the city of Lowell, The Corner Café and Spartans Pizzeria). I would also really contemplate being in the fitness industry and maybe owning a gym.
If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would you choose?
Probably my Dad. He passed when I was 6 years old. Would like to see what it’s like to break bread with the old man.
Tom Brady would not be a far second though. You can consider him my dad at this point. Every New Englander’s Dad – not just mine!