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Redbird legacy: Simios family forges strong ties to College of Business

The Simios family includes, from left, Connor, Logan, Erica, and Dylan.

The Simios family includes, from left, Connor, Logan, Erica, and Dylan.

Logan Simios ’84 and John Rigas ’81 are cousins. A College of Business student when Logan finished high school, John suggested to Logan that he attend Illinois State. Logan followed the advice and not only came to the University, but chose the same field of study.

“I majored in accounting and practiced in the public accounting field for seven years after graduation as a CPA,” said Logan, who is now a financial and insurance advisor. He is part owner of J. Krug & Associates, which is based in Mount Prospect and employs six ISU graduates.

They enjoy sharing their collegiate experiences, which for Logan includes living for two years in Walker Hall.

“Even though the dorm had no air conditioning, there is no doubt it was the best place to live on campus at the time—along with the sister dorm, Dunn-Barton. I still share many good friendships from my Walker and Dunn-Barton Hall days.”

Other great memories include the beautiful Quad, the college town of Normal, Garcia’s Pizza, Avanti’s, “and the unbelievable atmosphere of the Redbird home basketball games in Horton Fieldhouse during the early 1980s,” Logan said.

After more than three decades since a student, his campus connection remains strong through his children. All three currently attend, and all three are enrolled in the College of Business.

Erica is a senior completing majors in finance and professional sales-marketing. She pledged Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and was involved in ISU Women in Business. Following graduation, Erica will join Huber Financial Advisors in Lincolnshire.

Connor and Dylan are sophomores. Connor is a finance major and active in Encounter, a faith-based registered student organization. Like his dad, Dylan is majoring in accounting. He is an active member of the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity.

All four frequently attend ISU football and basketball games. It’s just one way they remain close to each other and the University that has shaped their lives. Logan is quick to share the gratitude all share for Illinois State, saying “we are all definitely Redbird proud!”

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