Ferenc Kis-Szölgyémi, General Manager, B+N Referencia PLC

  • 16 Feb 2022 1:04 PM
Ferenc Kis-Szölgyémi, General Manager, B+N Referencia PLC
Ferenc has been the GM of B+N Referencia since 2011, and he has been the sole owner of the company since 2015.

The company has been the market leader in Hungary for many years and now, and with successful buyouts in 2021-22 B+N is also a leader in the region's Facility Management (FM) sector

1. Where did you grow up?

In the 11th district of Budapest. I went to school there as well, then I attended Bánki Donát University. Later I got my MBA degree in marketing.

2. If you could be an expat anywhere in the world, where would you choose?

I’m pretty sure it would be Lebanon. I like the sea, the mountains, and the food there. I have visited the country in 2017 and 2018, and I liked the national cuisine so much that I often go to the Byblos Lebanese Restaurant here in Budapest as well.

3. What would you miss most if you moved away from Hungary?

My family and friends, the Hungarian theatres, the plays in my native language and the city of Budapest.

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?

First, the Buda Castle. Then I would also show them the Erzsébet Lookout Tower, and maybe the House of Hungarian Music. I would take them out to lunch in the new restaurant on Attila street, called Mariska. And of course, I would ask my friend László to take us on a discovery tour around Budapest. His agency, Uniquebudapest leads alternative walking tours and programs in the city.  

5. What is your favourite food?

Layered potatoes (rakott krumpli) and of course the Lebanese green parsley salad.

6. What is your favourite sport / form of exercise?

Sailing. I started it when I was 11, so it’s been 40 years now. My boat, a Dragon Class is an 8-meter-long, 1.5-tonne, beautiful old classic model, one of the most sailed ships in the world from Japan, Australia, and North America. 80-100 boats took part in the European Championship on Lake Balaton 2 years ago. The 2014 World Cup was held in Portugal, where I finished in 4th place out of 100 competitors.

7. What is your favourite place in Hungary?

Csopak. I have bought my first house there, and it’s beach has won the Best Beach at Balaton title. It is a small and quiet village with great wine.

8. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?

I would choose to be a doctor. 

9. What’s a job you would never want?


10. Where did you spend your last vacation?

I was skiing in Austria – where I fell, and I am still recovering.

11. Where do you hope to spend your next one?

On the Mediterranean Sea.

12. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?

Film: The Godfather
Band: Simply Red
Hobby: sailing

13. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?


14. Red wine or white?

Red. I like the ones from Villány, Kopár is my favourite from Gere, but I also like Bock.

15. Book or movie?

I prefer reading. I am reading one about Stalin at the moment.

16. Morning person or night person?

I consider myself a night person.

17. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?


18. Buda or Pest side?
I prefer Buda for living, and Pest for working.

19. Which achievement in your life are you most pleased about?

That I have learnt to speak English.

I am also proud of our 50 autonomous industrial cleaning robots, which have set a new trend in this sector and work tirelessly at the Budapest airport. The equipment named ROBIN R3000 was designed by the research and development department of B+N.

These devices enable us to clean large, continuous surfaces efficiently.  Airport cleaning is a gem of our company. It is a constant reference point and a field of innovation for us. We are proud that, according to the survey conducted by ASQ, an independent international quality control institute, the level of hygiene at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport is outstanding

In the near future, with the help of a revolutionary technological innovation, the metagenomic analysis and forecast system, our company will be able to identify pathogens on different surfaces. This method enables us to detect pathogen colonies quickly and prevent a potential epidemic.

20. What would you say is your personal motto?

Live slow, sail fast.

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