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Employee Spotlight: Pythian Market’s Faith Akgun

By Green Coast on 28 Mar 2018

Pythian Market Assistant General Manager Faith Akgun
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Pythian Market Assistant General Manager Faith Akgun

Standing on the roof of the The Pythian building, Faith Akgun is talking about her new position as assistant general manager for the Pythian Market, but she can’t help also mentioning the view from atop this historic nine-story property.

“You can really see so much from here: downtown, the Super Dome, City Hall and even the French Quarter,” Akgun says. “Not a bad place to start your work day.”

Akgun feels fortunate to have landed on this rooftop and to have joined the Pythian Market team. Looking at her career trajectory and experience, however, it’s obvious that there’s more than luck at play.

A Loyola University graduate, Akgun minored in environmental studies, developing an interest in sustainability, and she put that interest into action, taking a job at LifeCity, a nonprofit that makes social and environmental impact profitable for business. Following that, she worked in operations for Good Eggs, a delivery service for local food. She coordinated between farmers, food makers and customers, seeing the connection between sustainability and food and how it changed the way we relate to our environment and community.

Building off of that, Akgun served as the market manager for St. Roch Forage, which provided local produce for retail and wholesale sales within the St. Roch Market. She enjoyed her experience, but relished the idea of being on the ground floor for starting a new food hall.

Serendipity entered the picture when she met Pythian Market co-developer Lisa Brefere and market general manager Amy Chan.

“Their backgrounds with food, restaurants and cultivating really cool culinary spaces are very impressive,” Akgun says.“So, yeah, I feel pretty lucky to work and learn from these two women.”

Fair enough and back up on the roof, Akgun is ready to start her day, but she does take one last look from her rooftop perch.

“There’s one thing missing and it’s food,” Akgun says. “But that’s going to change soon when we bring the culinary community under this roof.”

The Pythian Market is expected to open in late spring.

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