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Better know a CEO: Dennis A. Diokno, managing director of FirstMed Centers

Dennis A. DioknoFirstMed Centers Kft, managing directorAmerican Clinics International (USA), CEO

Diokno founded American Clinics International (ACI) in 1997. ACI opened its clinic, FirstMed Centers, at the Hattyúház in Budapest in 1999. Diokno's entire career has been in health care, starting as marketing assistant at the first American-style clinic in Moscow in 1992. Before the end of that year he worked his way up to marketing director and operations manager. A year later he relocated to Beijing to serve as the general manager of the first Western joint-venture clinic in Beijing, The International Medical Center. In the years prior to his arrival to Budapest, Diokno provided consulting services to US health care companies that were exploring opportunities in both Asia and Europe. He earned a BA with majors in Economics and German from Kalamazoo College. He also graduated with a Master of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.


What talent would you most like to have?

The ability to read people like a human lie detector.

What is the trait you most disapprove of in others?

There’s more than one. Disloyalty, dishonesty and failure to take responsibility.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?

Captain James T. Kirk.

What kind of job did you dream of when you were a child?

Space shuttle pilot.

What is your greatest regret?

Having lost touch with some close friends and relatives. I’ve been trying to reconnect especially after one of my closest childhood friends passed away unexpectedly.

What is your greatest fear?

I overcame my greatest fear some years ago, so I don’t have one.

What makes you sad?

Being away from my family on business trips.

When and where were you the happiest?

In Budapest, when I got married and when each of my children was born.

What was the most extravagant thing you’ve done in your life?

I’m a pretty low-key guy so I’ve never done anything that I would consider extravagant.

Which living person do you most admire?

Steve Jobs.

Which living person do you most despise?

All terrorists.

What is your most treasured possession?

Material things have never been important to me, so I’ll say my health.

What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?

An iPad 2 with satellite connection, a Nespresso machine with lifetime supply of capsules, and a generator to power them.

What activities help you to cope with stress?

I am most relaxed when I’m training in the Japanese martial art of aikido.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

I’m very happy with my life, so I’d like to come back as myself but with a different set of challenges.

Which word do you tend to overuse?

Actually, it’s got to be ‘actually’!

What is your favorite gadget?

A tie between iPhone and iPad.

What does your dream dinner party look like (occasion, venue, guests, menu, music or whatever is important to you)?

My dream dinner party will occur after my company has done its IPO. I’ll bring my family and invite my closest friends to celebrate on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

What is it your dream to live to see?

I hope that I live long enough to fly in space and see the earth from orbit.

What would you do with €1 million?

I would increase my retirement account and my children’s educational savings accounts. I would also donate a portion to Kalamazoo College, Thunderbird, Bátor Tábor, The United Way, Fehérkereszt Állatvédö and a few other charities that I support.