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First person | constantina spyropoulos linardakis Chapters to grow on Zions H.R. executive gives thought for food—especially baby food Life imitates art, sometimes. Back in 1995 Connie Spyropoulos Linardakis had two ideas. “I was thinking of having a little one,” she says, and wanted to make homemade baby food. But she could find no userfriendly books. So she wrote one. Linardakis, now executive vicepresident and chief human resources officer for Zions Bancorp., had no publishing contacts. She had seen “Baby Boom,” the 1987 film about a single woman on the corporate fasttrack who inherits a baby and winds up a natural baby-food mogul. But that gave no insights on publishing. Linardakis ran into rejections until one agent liked the idea. A publisher was lined up in 1998. And then Linardakis, already researching recipes, concluded: “It would really be awkward if I published the book before I had my Connie Spyropoulos Linardakis and her son Michaelis when he was “the baby own child.” Her target audience was gourmet” of the banker’s baby-food cookbook. (He’s now 11.) modern parents who “want to cook and family. (She and her husband for their newborn while giving 110% to a job or other commitment.” self-published a cookbook, Recipes Not long afterward, Michaelis was born, and just in time: “A lot of the Sworn to Secrecy, in 1994.) She also recipes were waiting to be tested.” The book, Homemade Baby Food—Pure and volunteers with Meals on Wheels. Simple:Your Complete Guide to Preparing Easy, Nutritious, and Delicious Meals for Linardakis has a second edition of Your Baby and Toddler (Prima Publishing) was published in 2001, and true to Homemade Baby Food in mind that her wish, Linardakis’ “baby gourmet” did indeed try out many of the recipes. will also cover geriatric care. The book is dedicated to him and to the banker’s mother, Angelina Nepolis. “Many geriatrics don’t have teeth, The book moves by stages, introducing fictional characters facing childbut still need the nutrient content,” feeding dilemmas. The chapters solve these with facts, advice, and recipes. she explains, an issue which they One section features a range of ethnic recipes, adapted “to get the palate share with little ones. The new ediacquainted with different tastes at an early age.” tion will also cover new foods and While working on the book, Linardakis and her then-husband, Nikos, kitchen equipment. a physician, also owned and operated a deep-dish pizza franchise from Baby food books say if you start 1998-2000. “That was going to be more of an ownership investment,” she them off right, kids will eat well. When explains, “but it quickly became owner-operated too.” Most of what she Connie, Michaelis, now 11, and her recalls is being very pregnant and trying to run the pizzerias (she had taken a 6-year-old twins Angelina and Conbreak from her HR career), which the couple eventually sold. stantine go out, Michaelis will likely Food is important to Linardakis. When interviewed she was trying to order a healthy choice, like a salad. find the best way to roast a whole lamb for Easter, a Greek tradition. Her —Steve Cocheo, executive editor specialty is spaghetti sauce, which she’ll whip up by gallons for friends 48  |  ABA BANKING JOURNAL  |  May 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - May 2011

ABA Banking Journal - May 2011
Contents
Chairman’s View
Editor’s Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
ABA Community Banking: Getting in on the Prepaid Wave
Pass the Aspirin
Tech Topics
Cover Story: #5 and Feeling Good
Smartphones Alter Banking Landscape
Compliance Clinic
Compliance Inbox
ABA Resources
Surveys & Trends
Board Matters
First Person

ABA Banking Journal - May 2011

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