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VENTURE INVESTMENT ASSOCIATES' heritage places it as one of the most established, experienced, and most successful private equity fund investors.

VIA's founder and president was one of the earliest investors in the space. He founded VIA in 1993 to acquire AVA Partners (AVA), the private equity portfolio of the American Express Company, a $180 million portfolio he developed over 20 years while employed by American Express. At the time, AVA's purchase was the largest secondary acquisition of a private equity portfolio.

AVA was a pioneering venture capital investor in the late 1960's, when the famed Reid Dennis, an employee of American Express, began investing in startup companies in what came to be known as Silicon Valley. Stathis led AVA's first venture capital fund commitment in 1974 to IVA (Reid's first independent fund), and in its first buyout fund commitment to KKR in 1976.

In 1981 Mr. Andris became the President of AVA and has since been instrumental in the formation of some of the most successful private equity funds. With the encouragement of a number of these managers as they raised new funds, Mr. Andris moved VIA's focus to a fund of funds investment model, so as to continue to invest with some of the best firms in private equity. To-date, VIA has raised nine funds with over $1 billion under management.
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