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We recently caught up with our very own Charles Margosian '98 and had the chance to ask him about his Phi Phi Club experience, and where life since Penn has taken him. Here's what he had to say: 

Where has life taken you since you graduated? Give us a brief recap up to this point including career and family highlights.

 

I’m living in Naperville, IL, 20 miles west of Chicago with my wife Emily and two daughters, Ani who is 12 and Katie who is 9. Back when I was a freshman in AXP, I always prayed I’d be surrounded by beautiful women and my prayers were answered, even if not exactly how I envisioned it. I have been working in partnership with my father investing in real estate since 2006 after a stint in the Real Estate Private Equity world.  Like everyone, the past year has presented challenges to our business, but we have positioned ourselves strongly and have a great team put together.  We continue to actively invest in new deals and look forward to new opportunities as the Pandemic subsides. During the warmer months, I enjoy time boating and wake-surfing with my daughters in nearby Lake Geneva, WI. I also spend a fair bit of time involved in Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL where I race cars in the GT Series and serve on the membership committee. When I’m not working or with my daughters, it’s a good bet you’ll find me in a fireproof suit making laps at high speeds. 

What are the most important lessons you learned because of Alpha Chi Rho?

 

I think the most important lesson I learned as a brother was the value of diversity in my friendships and relationships. The fact is, many of the men I called brothers for four years are really brothers for life. I’m always amazed when I see or talk to one of my brothers how it can seem like no time has passed. It was impossible to know at 21 years old how important these relationships we form are for our lives. We learned the value of teamwork, camaraderie and what it means to be there for each other as a group. The friendships forged in the Phi Phi chapter hall truly are forever. One of things that attracted me to Alpha Chi Rho way back in 1994 was the diversity of the brotherhood. Unlike other houses that were all one religion, race or social upbringing, AXP had a diverse group of brothers from all backgrounds. I think being together with a  group like that helped me learn valuable lessons in life about inclusion and understanding of others and their backgrounds. I may not have always shown it back then, but the impression that left on my life has been lasting and I have carried that with me in my life. I like to say, AXP was diverse long before it became a social movement.

When you look back on your time in Alpha Chi Rho, what moments do you tend to remember most?

 

I have lots of great memories from pledging. The time spent with my pledge brothers doing crazy things the brothers would dream up. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the scavenger hunt and the craziness of a bunch of 18 year old guys going around trying to collect the most ridiculous things.  I’ll never forget when Chuq Yang took out a paper bag in the living to reveal a dead squirrel, fulfilling the “road kill” requirement of the scavenger hunt. I sometimes wonder what scavenger hunt would be like today with the help of a smartphone.  I still look back on those days and many others and laugh, when something reminds me of my pledge brothers. Other than the funny moments, I look back fondly on hanging out in the living room with a fire and relaxing and watching TV with my brothers. Those small moments are some of the best.

Can you share any photos of you back at Penn or today? 

 

I’ve attached some recent photos as well as some with brothers from the past that I’ve recently unearthed.

 

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