In this series, we are interviewing members of our club, so that you can get to know each other a bit better. Today we talk with Hélène Pegaz about her life and work in the region.
What brought you to the French Riviera? How long have you been here?
I arrived on the French Riviera, 7 years ago in April 2015 because I have had a mutation from my banking work first based in Lyon to my new position in Cannes. My partner and I have chosen Saint-Raphaël to live.
Could you tell us about your professional career? What do or did you do for work?
After a degree in international trading, I have first started to work as an export and commercial assistant for a sportswear company.
Then we moved during few months to the US with my partner for his work (track & field coaching).
When we came back I started working for a French bank where I have worked for 9 years as a private banker.
Then I decided to start my own business as an independent consultant for administrative, financial, tax and wealth management issues.
I have created the service of French Affairs Management to help foreign people.
Why did you decide to start your own business?
I decided to start my own business for freedom and passion. Just wanted to do what I am really interested in and in the way I want to do things, and with my ethics rules.
I wanted to provide a high quality service, help people to be aware of tax and financial issues of their projects and assist them in these same projects.
What would be your best advice to others thinking about living or working on the French Riviera?
I think the French Riviera is a really nice area to live first of all because of weather and fantastic geographical conditions.
It’s a really international place and good for entrepreneurship. It’s also easy to find tourism jobs.
Fun facts about Hélène Pegaz!
Since when do you live on the French Riviera?
Where are you originally from?
What is your favourite wine?
Tariquet – Premières Grives
What is your favourite spot on the French Riviera?
The red rock between Antheor & Trayas
What French word, expression or sentence do you find very difficult to pronounce?
It’s my mother tongue so I would say our longest word : ‘anticonstitutionnellement’
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