Sundip Patel has been in the commercial banking industry for over 14 years. He serves as the CEO of AVANA Capital with offices in Arizona, U.S.A., and Manama, Bahrain. He is involved in all aspects of the business and takes pride in being a trusted advisor to AVANA’s clients. He is also committed to making sure AVANA has the right environment to attract dedicated and talented people, whom he then empowers to provide exemplary service and financing solutions to AVANA Capital’s clients.
Sundip has worked in public and private accounting, gaining experience in mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, leverage buyout financing, and securing U.S. government contracts. Sundip went on to serve as founder and CEO at huddle247.com, which PC Magazine rated among the top virtual workspace solutions in 2000, as well as a technology training startup in Southern California. Sundip believes both startups were training grounds for future success. Armed with vision, tenacity, and passion, he founded AVANA Capital to fill a void in small business government guaranteed real estate lending.
Sundip earned three undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Finance and Economics from California State University at Fullerton. During his career as an accountant, he became a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant. Sundip earned his MBA at University of California Irvine. He is proud to be a member of the YPO (Young Presidents Organization) for the Bahrain chapter and a member of NADCO and NAGGL.
Favorite Journey: The one I am on now.
Past Itineraries: Riding elephants in Zimbabwe, fishing on the Zambezi, and lounging on the beach in Cannes, Mauritius, Jamaica, and Mexico.
Next 'Must Do' Trip: Maldives, Vietnam, and Vineyards in New Zealand.
Passionate About: Being a good father and husband. The tireless pursuit of happiness and contributing to the betterment of all children through our Foundation.
Guilty Pleasure: A bottle of Duckhorn wine, my family close by, a good book, and no cell phones.
Personal Motto: "Courage. Kindness. Friendship. Character. These are the qualities that define us as human beings, and propel us, on occasion, to greatness." -R.J. Palacio
Favorite Quote: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill