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Dimitri Karides

Dimitri Karides

Are you an alumnus of ODU?
          Yes, I am a proud alum, '83.

What is your favorite memory of ODU Athletics?
           I have numerous memories...Our Lady Monarch basketball legacy was a dominant presence with Nancy Lieberman, Inge Nissen and Anne Donovan walking through Webb Center during my time on campus. Lady Monarch field hockey national championship with Yogi Hightower and  spending time with friends at spirited men's basketball games, watching Mark West and team upset victory over DePaul and a heart breaking loss at Virginia during the Ralph Sampson years. Our student body campaign for re-establishing Monarch football which has come to fruition and is a reality for enhancing the university experience and exposure.

Why do you support ODU athletics and its student-athletes?
          Success for the student-athlete on and off the field, developing a career path and preparation for life's requirements requires a collaborative effort and investment. I support Old Dominion athletics to assist the student-athlete in achieving academic and athletic excellence including Monarch continued preeminence in intercollegiate competition.

What do you like most about ODU as a whole?
Strong academic curriculum, research driven, and a community partnership focus.

What makes you most proud of ODU?
        Enhanced value of the Old Dominion degree in today's marketplace.

If you could describe ODU in one word, what word would it be and why?
           "Monarch." I appreciate our university's history and optimism for the future for which it represents.

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
         I have been providing investment counsel, financial and real estate services for over 25 years. I began my career with Wall Street firm Thomson McKinnon after obtaining my B.S. in business from Old Dominion University. I later joined Davenport & Company LLC. I currently am a managing partner with Tampa Bay Real Estate, the Karides Group LLC.