Peter Kizenko, Goldman Sachs’ top equity trader in Moscow, recently quit his job to come back to the States, Bloomberg reported.Kizenko, who is originally from the U.S., was a bit frustrated with various factors hindering his experience in Russia—the rise of electronic trading, the lower compensation and the cultural changes in Moscow.
But the real drive behind Kizenko’s move? He wanted to finish building his Russian sauna business in New Jersey.
A traditional Russian sauna is called a “banya,” where people will rotate in and out of a wooden shed that can has reached temperatures of up 80°F. When visitors leave the shed, they may roll in the snow or jump into cold water to cool down or beat each other with tree branches to improve circulation.
Kizenko hasn’t ruled out a return to finance, but for now he’s set on this sauna and pitching it as much more pleasant experience than the banyas in New York, he told Bloomberg. His banya was constructed in Russia and shipped to the U.S., and will be called “Bear and Birch.”