the executive team

Vana Benaki

Chief Holistic Developer

Human Relations | Systems

Born in Athens, raised in Switzerland, obtained her degree in Communications & Public Relations from City college of London. Mastered in Business Administration in 2003 and her career path would be way beyond any expectations. She started working at an advertising industry as a copywriter in Saatchi & Saatchi Athens, and a few years later she moved to client service department for international accounts such as Vodafone and Redbull Hellas. After ten years of endless creative briefing and debriefing, the next big leap was serving client’s interests: Starwood hotels & resorts in Costa Navarino offered the next challenge where she worked as a PR Director. However, in 2012 the economic recession was the cause to ditch the 9-5 , to trade life ‘as a suit’ for life in a track suit and overhaul her career. Thus, she returned to college to serve professionally her lifetime passion and hobby: health and fitness. A body and soul ‘’empreneur”. Starting working as a group and personal trainer, she realized that only when finding your purpose you can set fulfilling goals in any areas of life: career, relationships or wealth. The purpose was her drive, the motivation the juice, that impacted every little decision, and the next decision was the blend of her past and current situation: Her work and goal with potentia is to provide people the guide to transform their mindset, increase their motivation/satisfaction in any area of life, implement the ‘resilience cycle’ to help use every situation for the highest good by connecting the mind, body and spiritual practices to find clarity and peace.

 

 

Spyros Kottoris

  Learning & Development Manager | Certified Trainer & Executive Coach 

BSc, AdvDip, MBA, Med

His passion is to support and motivate people to reach self-awareness, recognize their values and develop skills that will lead them to personal and professional success, achieving personal and corporate goals, through interactive training, coaching and/or mentoring. He is an Economist, an Executive and Career Coach and a Certified Learning Professional with over 12 years of training experience.He specializes in the fields of Communication, Leadership, Negotiation, Coaching skills and Train the Trainer training and also Entrepreneurship, Management and Finance using blended interactive learning methods. He has also worked as a Learning Consultant, a Lecturer in English Universities and a Trainer on Lifelong Learning Programs and Workshops. Spyros has 19 years of practical professional experience in multinational Groups of Companies and Banks and has taught for demanding clients in the Maritime industry, Construction industry, the Telecom industry, Information Technology, Banking, Energy, Insurance and others in Europe (Germany, Greece, Bulgaria) and the Middle East such as the UAE. His academic background includes his bachelor’s degree in Maritime and Transport Studies, his MBA of the University of Kentucky USA, an Advanced Diploma in Personal and Executive Coaching of Kingstown College (ICF and EMCC certified) and a Master’s degree in Adult Education (MEd) of the Open University of Greece. His certifications and publications reinforce and enhance his scientific and professional track record.

 

Dimosthenis Broussalis

  Branding Expert | Brand Builder | Storyteller

Branding and Communications expert, founding member and General Director of DASC Branding. Since 1983, specializes in integrated branding projects (Brand Strategy and Identity building), holding a leading position in his field in Greece. His portfolio includes Corporate Image and Identity branding projects, Product image and Identity branding projects, Retail Identity branding projects for some of the more significant Greek companies. As a member of potentia team, D. Broussalis innovatively implements Branding methodology and values to modern Shipping and coined the term “Shipping Branding” to the sector. During the recent decade, he actively contributes to the Greek exports attempt, assisting dynamic Greek companies to achieve their goals. Some of the most successful branding placements of Greek branded products in the international market are signed by D. Broussalis and DASC Team. What set these benchmark branding projects apart is their Strategic approach and the full support provided. Destination branding, Tourism branding and international Trending are also among his core thematic, and an integral part of his Seminars and Workshops activity. Projects, in which D. Broussalis contributed and supervised, have been repeatedly awarded, published and exhibited in Greece and abroad. Dimosthenis Broussalis is a keynote speaker in numerous Greek and international conferences and congresses, and a member of several experts boards and jury committees.

Naoum Karaminas

Psychometrics & Assessment Executive
M.Sc. Industrial-Organizational Psychology

He is the Scientific Advisor of potentia specialized in Organizational Psychology, in the Design of Psychometric Tools and Integrated Educational Programs related to the Selection, Evaluation, Training, Treatment and Human Capital Management and Guidance. He has been responsible, as project leader, for the Greek translation, adaptation and standardization of several major psychological tests (16PF, 16PF-5, MMPI-2, etc.) and has extensive experience in training mental health professionals in basic psychometrics, as well as, officially qualifying them in the use and interpretation of such tests. Having started out with a background in Mathematics, Physics, Computers and an unfinished degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Naoum was drawn to the human factor, getting a B.A. in Psychology and returning to the hard sciences through a M.Sc. degree in Industrial – Organizational Psychology. Since then, he has been working on the applied end of Psychology for over 30 years while most of his work deals with individuals in the Military, Air force and Civil Aviation Pilots, Aircrew members, Police and Security Personnel and, lately, Merchant Navy Personnel. Among other things, he has been a member of the NATO Human Factors & Air Crews Group, a qualified Crew Resource Management (CRM) facilitator (both for the Civilian sector and the Air force) and a member of the A. F. Flight & Ground Safety Center dealing, at the time, with HFACS (human factor centered accident analysis) and HPMA (human performance in military aviation). He has written chapters in Aviation Medicine and Aviation Psychology books and has several publications in international journals, both under his name or as a statistical analysis advisor. Lastly, he has a passion for computerizing all suitable aspects of his work and has designed and developed software pertaining to an in-depth psychometric model of human personality and behaviour.

Dennis Christodoulatos
 Wellness Coach

He holds a BSC in Business & Sociology and speaks fluently four languages (Greek, English, French and Italian). He has an over twenty years of professional activity as a Business man in various sectors, with an extensive experience in Sales and Business Development. During his career he managed to develop a general knowledge of human behavior which he continued to evolve through a different industry; sports. For the last decade, he is professionally engaged with Οutdoor Αctivities & Special body Treatments (Beach volley, Kayaking- Canoeing, Sailing, Sea cruising, Mountain biking, Mountain running, Bicycling, Body building, TRX, Stretching, Muscle empowerment, Sports massage, Rehabilitation therapies, Special stretching/Thai massage). Dennis is a Certified Personal Trainer utilizing knowledge of health, anatomy, exercise concepts, and motivational skills to design and execute comprehensive fitness plans for individual clientele. He is a dedicated fitness professional with a passion for improving client health, wellness and quality of life. He provides high-energy training using the latest techniques in exercise science, cardio programs and strength training. He delivers fitness, weight loss and nutrition programs for youth, teens, adults and senior citizens that are fun, safe, extremely effective and tailored to individual needs and goals. Dennis is a body & mind transformation specialist adept in helping diverse populations achieve their fitness, weight loss and conditioning goals faster than they ever thought possible. Through the years, Dennis has achieved a proven work performance with one ultimate goal: to inspire and motivate people overcome their human limits.

Iakovos Apergis
Cooking Coach

He leads potentia cooking sessions and turn them to an enjoyable, yet very effective, employee bonding experience. The alternative and pioneering workshops he delivers are professionally designed to bolster the four most important C’s of your organization:

-Collaboration

-Communication

-Creativity

-Critical thinking

Iakovos is also in charge of the kitchen at “Tzaneio Regional General Hospital” in Piraeus, Greece so he is a chef , by definition. But prefers the term “cook” for himself. Devoted to the traditional Greek cuisine, to the Mediterranean diet and a big fan of simple fresh ingredients, he imaginatively redefines with his team the concept of “hospital food” in Greece. Iakovos, does not accept that the quantity is an enemy of quality and proves it every day, by cooking hundreds of delicious portions. He, also, transmits his knowledge and beliefs to his future colleagues, teaching at “IEK Homeros School”. However, he prioritises as his most important activity his voluntary participation in “Hamogelo tou paidiou N.P.O.” and where else there is a need!