Nerissa Reyes


Nerissa is a creative deep-thinking entrepreneur. She has been at the forefront of global recruitment, seeking to grow the business through constant innovation for over 20 years now.  She would like to leave a legacy that “inspires” the future generation to be flexible and adaptable to diverse cultures.

Nerissa combines  business networking and family catch-ups .  She is a keen traveller and circles the globe every year from Manila to Sydney, London; and multiple US cities. She relaxes through yoga and music .  She conducts business like creating a harmonious symphony. it has to be continuously fine-tuned to create a masterpiece.

Maria Teresa Rivera


Tessa partners with organizations to spot talents and recommend ways for individual talents to take charge of their career goals and development plans, whether these talents are actively working or are in the midst of career transitions.

Her more than twenty years of human resources professional experience includes working in a range of industries in finance, technology, consumer retail and real estate successfully leading teams through organizational changes. An agile learner and leader who is passionate about motivating and developing others, Tessa thrives in collaborating with cross-functional, cross-border, and virtual teams.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila and is a licensed Certified Practitioner in Human Resources (C.P.H.R). She is a Certified Recruitment and Selection Professional (C.R.S.P), Certified Compensation and Benefits Professional (C.C.B.P.) and Certified Learning and Development Professional (C.L.D.P.)

Baking bread, pastries and experimenting with recipes gives Tessa a natural high. She expresses her artistic talents by hand-painting fabric eco bags and making simple jewelry. She enjoys yoga, meditation walking, and her pet dogs.

Angela Backstrom


Angela has  30+ years’ of HR management experience. providing a strong understanding of people’s needs and issues arising from organizational concerns and industry developments and trends. She has worked with global organizations as Country HR Head, General Manager, HR/Admin Director, and Senior Manager, developing, implementing strategic HR programs, and delivering business objectives.

She has placed top talent with leading organizations for 15+ years in C-Level, Director & Senior Manager roles, across various industries, including retail, technology, finance, BPO, and consumer goods. Her track record of delivering exceptional results has earned her recognition as a trusted advisor among both clients and candidates alike.

She has also provided Outplacement, Redeployment, and Career Transition Services for 10+ years, enabling close to a 100 individual transitions in 10 companies in American, Australian, and British firms.

Angela has lived and worked in the Philippines, the US, UK, and Sweden. She enjoys water sports, is an avid film enthusiast, and an adventurous home chef.

Violet Carandang


Violet’s knowledge and experience has been honed for the last 30 years in the Canadian market. She has extensive experience working both in the Philippines and North American markets in various industries in the human resources field.   

She is a Certified Career Strategist, coaching different levels of management and young adults in their search for career direction. This  gives her utmost satisfaction and motivation for success.  

She finds cooking, floral design, and event planning very enjoyable in her spare time.s


Luz Vicencio


Luz provides account management for international clients and complements the company’s efforts to advance the Philippine-Australia business with emphasis in the Business Process Outsourcing Sector.

Luz is a seasoned Corporate Finance and Investments practitioner exposed to varied multinational industries. Luz has lived and worked in different parts of the world for cross posting assignments, as well as training and educational advancement purposes.

Luz is a Certified Public Accountant and earned her double Masters degree in Applied Finance and Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Newcastle, NSW.

Luz’s time-off from work means exploring both exotic and familiar countries and cities alike. She fancies hiking and water sports activities, as well as culinary adventures. 


Tina Hernandez


Tina takes charge of both local and international talent engagement. She handles servicing of middle to senior executive level with a wide selection of skills, technical knowledge and corporate intelligence in Telecoms & Information Technology.

Tina has extensive experience in talent acquisition and recruitment as Vice President for VoIP and software development companies in Texas, USA, and also as Senior Manager for a large project management and consulting company in Sydney, Australia. 

She holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Santo Tomas with Distinction Award.

Outside of work, Tina enjoys making beaded trinkets which gives her the freedom to express her artistic creative side.


Buddy Demetillo


Buddy is the person in charge of general office administration and bookkeeping. He has been with Avanti for over 17 years and it’s most loyal & trusted employee who has risen from the ranks.

Buddy loves to spend his spare time with his young son mall hopping. On longer holidays, he gets away in his provincial home away from the city

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