Catch Up by the Coffee Machine – Andreas Yianni

Andreas Yianni joined Avamore in September 2019 and now works alongside Chris Treadwell as a part of the Origination team.
We sat down with Andreas for this Catch Up by the Coffee Machine with Andreas Yianni to learn more about both his personal and professional life.

  1. What is the most notable thing you have learnt since joining Avamore?

A: Being able to sit in on credit committee and present deals have helped me learn a lot about what really goes into deciding on a deal.

    2. What do you think 2020 holds for Avamore?

A: I think 2020 will be a big year for Avamore. We are only in the first week of the year and I’ve already seen a noticeable spike in enquiries. Because of the clarity provided in the December election, people are more confident in going ahead with schemes and I think this will translate to meeting our 2020 targets.

   3. When you’re not at work, what are you doing?

A: I’m spending time with family and friends. I have a two year old daughter who keeps me very busy!

   4. Describe your work ethic in a sentence.

A:  Without sounding too self-obsessed, I try to see myself as a brand. Every interaction we have with someone, big or small, leaves an impression so I try to be positive even during the tough times.

   5. What is the best piece of advice you have received?

A: “If you think you’re an expert, you’re probably not.” Google ‘Dunning-Kruger effect’ for details. This really opened my eyes to the benefits of admitting you don’t know something.

   6. What do you enjoy most about working at Avamore?

A: The people! The Principals – Amit, Michael, Nick and Zuhair – are so keen to share knowledge and help you grow. There’s also this ease at which people get along in the office.

   7. What does a typical workday look like for you?

A: A vast majority of my time consists of communicating with brokers, either in meetings or over the phone. Otherwise, I’m working with our analysts to put together proposals for credit committee.

   8. If you could learn one new skill, what would it be and why?

A: To play the guitar! My goal is to one day learn to play the Stevie Ray Vaughan cover of Little Wing.

   9. Describe Avamore in one word.

A: I would describe Avamore as dynamic – the company is always energetic and full of new ideas.

  10. What is your favourite book and why?

A:  Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari. I often find myself thinking about what lies ahead and this book discusses really profound ideas about what the future holds.
Over the past few months, Andreas has helped Avamore strive towards its goals and we look forward to seeing his work in the months to come.
Thank you for reading this Catch Up by the Coffee Machine with Andreas Yianni. Whilst you wait for the next edition, follow the links to read our catch-ups with Jordan Barr, Chris Treadwell, Dyan Letts and Henry Manley-Cooper.


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