Booth Alumni
Nonprofit Consultants

Chicago Booth Alumni Special Interest Group

Elias Yanaki smiles at the camera while wearing a suit jacket over a blue button down.

Elias Yanaki, '08

I am Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Guaranteed Rate, leading the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. My expertise is in predictive analysis, utilizing my unique background in technology and finance. After graduating from Booth, I was Managing Director of Global Investments at a private equity firm and led the Data Analytics and Business Intelligence practice at a consulting firm. Throughout my career, I have invested in domestic and international opportunities, sourced deals, assisted in the closing process and executed on management projections for both asset and platform level investments.

When I saw an email from BANC, I immediately knew that it was the perfect opportunity to give back. There are so many ways to give back. Instead of searching for a nonprofit that could use my expertise, BANC served as a funnel. BANC has a great cause and works with incredible organizations. I could trust it to find and validate projects that would benefit from Booth alumni skills.

Since my undergraduate days, I have been involved in giving back to the community. I am on the Executive Board of St. John the Baptist, Melkite Greek Catholic Church, and previously served on the board of the University of Chicago Booth Alumni Club. I also volunteer at a food pantry and serve as an adult tutor. BANC was different because it gave me the chance to work with other Booth alums.

I had a fantastic experience with BANC. I was part of a team analyzing potential early growth strategies for IMD Guesthouse, an organization that provides comfortable, affordable, temporary housing for patients and their families, and for military veterans receiving treatment at the Road Home Program at Rush. Members of the team had very diverse backgrounds, which I don’t typically get to work with in my normal work environment. I enjoyed working with people who brought different perspectives.

I have a very busy work schedule, but the clear expectations and communication made the time commitment very manageable. We met a couple of times in person but I was able to complete a majority of my assigned tasks around my time constraints. The project needs were a perfect match for my skills. I used my data and analytics background to create visuals from a large, flat, dataset, allowing us to see trends and make recommendations to the client.

The client was very happy with our analysis and recommendations. I am continuing to stay involved with BANC as a member of the Operations Committee, helping organize our databases to better reach out to alumni and nonprofits.

To anyone who is considering applying to BANC, my advice is: Get involved now! BANC works with great nonprofits, and you will get to meet and collaborate with terrific Booth alums. There are so many wonderful nonprofits in the Chicagoland area. Their need for help currently outweighs our resources. We need more Booth alums to volunteer for this wonderful cause.

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