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Frank Catrickes reflects on his time spent with Sigma Phi Epsilon and the impact it had. The fraternity’s concept of brotherly love remains with Catrickes and influences how he views his friendships in others aspects of his life.

One of his fondest memories is hanging out with some of the seniors at their off campus apartment next to the fraternity house. In exchange for this privilege, however, he had to bring McDonalds burgers with him, which earned him the nickname “Burgerboy.”  Of course, playing Beirut in the basement was my favorite, and the annual Sig Ep-idemic and Reggae parties were close seconds.

Catrickes was attracted to Sigma Phi Epsilon because to the diversity of the brothers and the attributes they held. They presented a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and personalities, and were also fun loving, genuine, motivated and successful. In particular, he appreciates Brad Murphy (’97) taking him under his wing and introducing him to many other brothers during rush.

He joined with two of his best friends, Raj Malhotra (’98) and Alex Ramos (’98), who met at the beginning of their freshman year. “It helped to have some friends you knew before to go through the process with you,” Catrickes said.

Many brothers, particularly from the classes of 1996 and 1997, stood out to Catrickes as role models. They taught him about leadership, achievement, and self-confidence. Without their influence, Catrickes believes that he would not be where or who is today. His brothers showed him that diligence is necessary not only to get a job, but also succeed at it.

“I was thankful for it all at the time but I appreciate them even more with each year that goes by,” Catrickes said. “I don’t think I ever told them that, but hopefully they’re reading this.”

After graduation Catrickes moved to Boston to pursue a career in investment management. He has been working at Wellington Management for the past 20 years, where he is a partner and works as an equity portfolio manger and analyst.

He married his wife Anastasia in 2006 and they have two children, a 9 year-old son and a 7 year-old daughter.

Currently, Catrickes is on the Board of Orthodox Christian Mission Center, which is the only pan-Orthodox mission organization in the United States.

In addition, he serves as a Cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 74 in downtown Boston. He is one of the parents that re-established this group and helped it grow from zero to 52 members. They plan to start a Boy Scout Troop in Boston next month.

Catrickes stays in touch with many of his brothers who he considers true friends, including one group Brendan Gibbons (’97) calls the “Lower Rung.” This consists of a couple of dozen alumni that span from the classes of 1996-1999.  “I love the name because while we are occasionally mistaken for a bunch of misfits who like to have fun and joke, it’s a group of the most loyal, down-to-earth human being I have ever met,” Catrickes said.

The group reunited regularly in the past for bachelor parties and weddings.  Nowadays they still connect on occasional trips or when traveling for work, although not as often as they used to.  As another way to stay connected with his brothers from the classes of 1996-2000, he set up a fantasy football league.

The Penn grad is also one of the creators of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Jack Shores Memorial Scholarship, which eternally honors the memory of their brother, Jack. “It’s another way to bring us together and to do good at the same time,” Catrickes said.

For more information about the scholarship, click here.