OUR FOUNDERS

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MANNY FOTIOU

President

Just after his first birthday, Manny’s family emigrated from Greece to The United States in 1977 in pursuit of the American Dream.  The tight-knit Fotiou family overcame the many adversities they faced as immigrants, opening a successful restaurant in Burlington, North Carolina.  From a young age, Manny and his two siblings, George and Elena, began working in their family’s restaurant, quickly learning the value of a hard day’s work.  


After realizing how financially ill-prepared his family was for his mother’s cancer diagnosis, Manny has made it his life’s purpose to prevent a similar situation from happening to others.  “Most people are not aware of all the opportunities available to them,” Manny says. “My primary goal is to educate people on their options and any risks they may be needlessly taking on.”


Now the President of Olympic Golden Retirements, Manny specializes in risk-aversion retirement planning, guaranteed lifetime income distribution, asset maximization and legacy planning. By working with clients to develop strategies that maximize income from accumulated assets, he is able to help clients convert their portfolio into retirement income that will last a lifetime.


Manny graduated from The University of North Carolina Wilmington, and currently lives in Burlington with his son Niko.  In his spare time, he enjoys restoring classic cars by hand and taking weekend trips to the beach with his family.

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GEORGE FOTIOU

Vice President

A strong work ethic and an appreciation for public service are two things George learned at an early age. Growing up working in his family’s restaurant in Burlington, North Carolina, George honed his skills in both finance and business. He quickly developed an ability to communicate effectively with people, as well as a passion for helping others.


Specializing in wealth protection, risk management and insurance and estate planning, George concentrates not only on protecting his client’s money, but also on finding the right solutions to help it grow. By using proven strategies to help clients maximize their retirement income, he takes the stress out of retirement planning by ensuring a legacy for loved ones. “Drawing from my experience with the unexpected hardships people face every day, I take a one-on-one approach to determining the best course of action for each client.”  


George is a firm believer in empowering clients through education and aims to help families like his own successfully plan for their future, while avoiding the kind of pitfalls his own family had met.


George graduated with a degree in economics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He currently lives in Chapel Hill with his wife Kameron. In his spare time, he enjoys restoring classic cars with his brother, camping, and hiking with his dog Nola.

 

OUR TEAM

It takes a village

From tax return analyses to identify potential tax-saving opportunities, to investments and assets under management, to legal matters such as the creation of a living will or trust - we’ve maintained strategic relationships with carefully selected professionals with whom we work closely to provide our clients with an end-to-end suite of services.  We confidently endorse these individuals and recommend our clients utilize them for any specialized needs that may arise.

 
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RENAN GUILLOU

Registered Investment Advisor

Born in Thailand, educated bilingually first in France and later in Washington D.C. Renan learned at an early age to interact with people from different cultures, languages, and ethnicities. From the French International School in Bethesda, Maryland, he came to UNCW to major in Business and Spanish, adding another language to his repertoire.


In 2006, he and a business partner founded Strategy Panama whose focus was on business brokering and consulting. During the 2008 financial crisis, it became apparent to him that many of his clients were unprepared for retirement. This is when he started referring many of his clients to Manny Fotiou, President of Olympic Golden Retirements. Together, they worked primarily on safeguarding his clients’ savings and strengthening their income and estate plans.


Renan came back to the United States to earn his International MBA at the Cameron School of Business at UNC-Wilmington.


Working with Olympic Golden Retirements, he now has the opportunity to help his clients with their retirement planning needs, to do for others what Manny was able to do for his family after the last market crash.


Renan services clients in Raleigh and Wilmington; he currently lives in Raleigh with his son Noah.

GET IN TOUCH

We know that planning for retirement can be overwhelming and that even the smallest hurdle in the process can be enough to dissuade or discourage.  This is why we aim to make our services as accessible as possible. For example, many of our clients prefer to take meetings in the comfort of their homes rather than having to fight traffic and haul financial documents down to an office. We’re more than happy to oblige - we’ll come to you. Likewise, if you favor meeting in an office setting, we’ve got two Triangle Area locations to meet your needs.