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Employee Spotlight: Introducing Andres Avendano, Our New Sales Development Representative

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As we hire new talents at Bridge, we typically ask a bunch of fun and personal questions that we send out to the entire team in an effort to break the ice, as many other companies do. We thought we could go a step further and also share these with you, our clients and partners, because we appreciate so much the relationships we have been building together over the years.

I am incredibly excited to join Bridge! I have experienced the complexity of the immigration system myself and I am fascinated by our mission to remove the friction and frustration from the process to help organizations bring in the talent they need to achieve their objectives. I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia but was lucky to experience living in other cities like Santa Marta and Cali. I moved to Wichita, Kansas with my mother when I was 13. And after finishing my education at the University of Kansas, I made the jump to California! During my free time, you can find me exploring the outdoors, testing my culinary skills, reading, and trying out new hobbies - I am currently learning Italian and how to play the guitar. I am passionate about helping others, the globalized world we live in, and learning new things, which adds to the excitement of joining a team of like-minded individuals at Bridge.

  1. Where were you born? Bogotá, Colombia.
  1. When you were little, who was your favorite superhero? I went back and forth between Spiderman and Batman but I can say that Spidey is my favorite nowadays.
  1. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Hormigas Culonas, also known as “big-bottomed ants.” They are a delicacy from Santander, Colombia, and are either fried or roasted, which I believe contributes to the similarity in taste to roasted peanuts. Despite being tasty, I had them once and chose not to have them ever again.
  1. What is the favorite city you have visited outside the United States? Santa Marta. It is a tropical paradise in Colombia’s Caribbean region, I was blessed to have lived there for 3 years when I was a kid. It is the oldest city in Colombia and the second oldest in South America. It’s really hard to not fall in love with its colonial architecture, the friendliness of its people, and the beautiful beaches.
  1. If you could visit any place in the world where would it be and why? Barcelona, Spain. I am a diehard supporter of FC Barcelona and its been my dream to watch them play at their own stadium. Outside of fútbol, I am fascinated by Antoni Gaudi’s architectural work and it’d be great to experience all of it in person.
  1. If you forget to plug your headphones in at work on Monday, what song are we most likely to hear? Ramble On by Led Zeppelin. I’m a fan of all types of music but Classic Rock and Led Zeppelin hold a special place in my playlists.
  1. What is the most recent thing you completed on your bucket list? Learning how to surf! After rolling in the waves and being thrown back out to the shore multiple times, I understood that good timing is fundamental.
  1. What is your favorite sports team? I have a few - FC Barcelona, Kansas Jayhawks, KC Chiefs, and the San Antonio Spurs.
  1. What is your most used emoji? 
Face with tears of joy' world's most popular emoji

  1. What is your favorite app on your phone? Duolingo. I have been trying to teach myself Italian and it’s helped tremendously with learning new vocabulary and structuring sentences.
  1. If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Leo Messi, Mark Cuban, Pope Francis.
  2. What is the scariest thing you've ever done for fun? Cliff jumping. It’s a thrill to jump into the water from a high point!
  1. What is your favorite TV show of all time?  Mad Men.
  1. If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine, what would it be? Reading the news. I love to stay updated on everything that’s happening around the world but it’s easy to find a few interesting articles that may capture my attention for longer than I’d like.

      15. Besides working at Bridge (of course!) what is your dream job? Being the president of a soccer team, can you tell I love the sport? I’ve                    always been fascinated by the passion that it can bring out of the fans and the power it has to trespass international borders and                               unite people.

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