Elias Yanaki | ENGAGE 2020

Elias Yanaki

Practice Lead, Data Analytics & BI, CTS Impact
Chicago, IL

Elias Yanaki is the Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Practice Lead at CTS Impact. With a unique background in both finance and technology, Elias provides CTS Impact’s Fortune 1000 and middle-market clients the support to enhance their data-driven decision-making activities by aggregating and modifying raw, unstructured data into a meaningful, visualized format presenting the ability to strategize and manage business processes and policies. This newly transformed information based on historical data can then be used to implement predictive analytics, driving top line revenue and maximizing profitability.

Professional Background

Prior to joining CTS Impact, Elias was the Senior Vice President of Strategy & Analytics at Guaranteed Rate, one of the country’s largest and fastest growing retail mortgage companies, where he led their Business Intelligence group and formulated extensive forecasting and capacity models using predictive analytics. Additionally, he was the business or financial lead on multiple joint ventures/acquisitions nearing $10B in originations and transitioned 1,200+ employees.

Previously, he was the Managing Director of Global Investments at Capital Companies, a private equity firm, where he assessed economic and enterprise viability and designed complex valuation metrics and sensitivity analyses for multi-million-dollar joint ventures. Elias began his career with GE Capital in its Financial Management Program.

Education and Certifications

Elias holds a BS in MIS from the Univ of Illinois (UC) Gies College of Business and an MBA from the Univ of Chicago, Booth School of Business with concentrations in Finance, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship.

Additionally, Elias holds multiple certifications in: Programming and Database Management Languages (SQL/PostgreSQL, SOAP, REST, and Odata), Data Analytics and Visualization (Meta-analysis for Data Science, Predictive Analytics and Data Mining, and Financial Forecasting with Big Data), and Business Intelligence Tools (Tableau).

Community Focus

Elias serves on the Executive Board of Directors of St. John the Baptist, Melkite Greek Catholic Church, and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the University of Chicago Booth Alumni Club.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations and was on the adjunct faculty at the Morris Graduate School of Mgmt at Robert Morris Univ teaching Research & Stats for Mgmt, Data Analysis & Decision Making, Time Series & Forecasting, and Corp Finance.