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Niko Papademetriou

SVP of Sales & Business Development
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Qu

Niko Papademetriou is a diverse executive with over 15 years of experience in finance, strategy, sales, and business development. He is currently the SVP of Sales and Business Development at Qu where he has built Qu’s position at market, customer base, and partnerships. Niko created the sales playbook and directs the company’s efforts with integration partners, strategic partners, and the most strategic prospective and existing enterprise accounts. Over his time at Qu, helping grow the company from 5 to 150+ people, Niko has always been directly or indirectly responsible for revenue, marketing, and continually ensuring product-market fit.

Prior to Qu, Niko founded, ran, and successfully exited a popular restaurant and nightclub in downtown Washington, DC. While a restauranteur he executed a number of “firsts” in the DC restaurant space. Of particular note was his strategy to acquire a liquor license in a moratorium zone with no licenses available, executing a plan to acquire various debts, foreclose, auction, then seize the asset at a benefit, offsetting future tax liabilities in the process.

Niko began his career in the finance industry as an investment banker covering the Utilities / Energy and BioTech / MedTech sectors. While an analyst in the Energy group, he led the research of, and internal analysis for, expanding the bank’s services into the Alternative Energy vertical, which quickly became the bank’s highest growth vertical. KeyBanc Capital Markets quickly gained a significant market presence, carving itself a position alongside JPMorgan & Goldman Sachs while leading Alternative Energy transactions.

Niko attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and Virginia’s George Mason University and graduated with a degree in Economics. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and son. Together they enjoy winter sports, traveling the world, and he finds automobiles, scuba diving, tennis, cooking, and enjoying wine, of particular interest.

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