Souphaphone Maddox, private wealth advisor
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Souphaphone Maddox, private wealth advisor, BMO Private Bank.
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Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
Be fearless. Challenge yourself. Get out of your comfort zone. Get to know people who are different than you. Everyone has a journey, so learn something about them culturally, ethnically, and spiritually. Embrace differences because relationships are powerful.
What would you say are the best things about living and working in Dane County?
There are an abundance of venues to suit every taste, whether you want cocktails with upscale dining, a pub crawl with college students, or a concert. Madison is a perfectly sized city, nicely distributed across many sectors, and featuring a world class education, government, community organizations, and leading technology offerings that are a draw for many professionals and families. We also have beautiful trails, lakes, and parks for outdoor enthusiasts!
Do you have any secret talents or abilities that people would be surprised to discover?
I enjoy creating and sharing culinary delights and hosting big gatherings with family and friends. I sometimes put a creative spin on some of my family’s favorite recipes and it’s still jaw-dropping good. My family has owned two restaurants that won several local awards over the years. I have very fond memories of my parents throwing huge parties with a tremendous array of different foods and desserts. Maybe I will be featured as a contestant on Food Network’s Chopped or Beat Bobby Flay one day. You never know!
What are your guilty pleasures?
I have a few. Spa days — massages, facials, pedicures, and manicures. I’m obsessed! Cupcakes are my go-to gourmet sweet treat. I try to find trendy cupcakeries in every city I visit. My favorites are Magnolia in New York, Georgetown Cupcake in D.C., and Bloom Bake Shop located in Madison. Nothing like a cupcake and a delicious cup of the perfect latte. Heavenly! Korean Fried Chicken is another guilty pleasure. Insanely crispy and superbly satisfying — if you haven’t tried it you are missing out!
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