Roman Sledziejowski Shares What Defines Who He Is Today


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Roman Sledziejowski currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of Savant Strategies, an international management consulting firm, which he co-founded in 2013. Roman Sledziejowski has had an illustrious career in finance for over 20 years. 

Born in Poland, Roman Sledziejowski began his professional career in New York City at Salomon Smith Barney, Member of Travelers Group, at the age of 17. He worked for the investment bank part-time during his final year of high school. 

At the age of 18, Roman became the youngest National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) licensed stockbroker in the United States and began working full-time as an Investment Associate at Smith Barney, a Member of Citigroup. 

In 2002, Sledziejowski became the Vice President of Investments at Prudential Securities in New York City. In 2004, he was promoted to the position of First Vice President of Investments.  

At the age of 25, Roman became the Senior Vice President and Investment Officer of Wachovia Securities. While at Wachovia Securities, Sledziejowski began to make personal investments in multi-family rental properties in New York, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Through various partnerships, Sledziejowski was able to purchase and redevelop almost 400 residential units between 2004 and 2009. 

In 2006, Roman founded Innovest Holdings, a New York City-based financial holding company. Innovest Holdings operated through four main subsidiaries: TWS Financial, LLC: a full-service broker-dealer based in Washington, DC with over $500 million in annual market transactions, servicing primarily foreign high net worth individual clients and international financial institutions; one of the leading online Broker/Dealer platforms at the time, catering to individual investors; TWS Investment Partners, LLC: a real estate investment and finance company with over $100 million in real estate projects; and TWS Capital Partners, LLC: an offshore investment advisor with client assets exceeding $1 billion. 

In 2007, Sledziejowski co-founded MyPlace Development, Sp. Z o.o., a real estate development company based in Poznan, Poland. Sledziejowski served as the Company’s Chairman of the Board until early 2010.  

In December of 2009, Roman finalized the sale of his interest in MyPlace Development for $7.3 million in cash to his co-founder, Sebastian Kulczyk. 

In 2013, Roman Sledziejowski co-founded Savant Strategies, an international management consulting firm that provides management consulting services to middle-market companies primarily in Latin America, Europe, and South Africa. Then in 2021, he took on the role of Vice Chairman at Savant Strategies. 

We spoke with Roman Sledziejowski who shared a personal story about an experience that defines who he is today.  

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Growing up, I was always very active in sports, especially soccer and tennis. I played for a youth team of a first league professional soccer team in Poland, Lech Poznan. I have always had a rather competitive spirit when it came to sports and spent a lot of time training to meet the demands of various sports.  

When I was 12 years old, I had a growth spurt of over 12 inches in just one year. Thanks to sports and exercise, my muscles were quite strong, but my bones and cartilage were rather fragile at the time. As a result, while playing sports, I pulled my groin muscle, which all but immobilized me for six weeks. Shortly after recovering from my groin injury, I suffered a severe case of torn hip labrum, which not only took away my ability to walk without crutches for several months but also carried a serious risk of becoming permanently disabled from complications due to surgery.  

Having been extremely active throughout my youth, the news that complications from surgery could leave me either limping for the rest of my life or worse, unable to walk steadily, was beyond devastating. This was the first of several times in my life when I hoped that I was experiencing a “bad dream” which I would wake up from soon.  

I was blessed to have grown up in a family with very strong ties to the medical field; many of my uncles and aunts specialized in one medical field or another. As a result, my injury was evaluated by a wide range of doctors with extensive experience in sports-related injuries and we were guided to alternative treatments, foregoing risky open-wound surgery.   

This experience taught me a lot. First of all, regardless of how much you want to do something and regardless of how much you try, there are forces that are beyond your control and they can thwart your plans in an instant. Secondly, I learned how to endure excruciating physical pain resulting from both injuries. This experience, unbeknown to me at the time, prepared me both physically and mentally to endure far greater challenges that were to come later on in my adult life. 

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