On December 5, 2020, we held an online event with our team and granted awards
On December 5, 2020, we held the annual OFF-SITE event with the entire G5 Partners team. This year, the event took place online to preserve everyone’s health.
At the opening of the web conference, Corrado Varoli, CEO of G5 Partners, spoke about the challenges overcome in 2020 and the prospects for next year: “The pandemic affected the entire world, there was a turmoil in the financial market that we had never seen before in our lives. We began working from home without being prepared for it. The crisis affected us in many ways, and we lost many friends and family. We lived a humanitarian crisis of proportions never imagined and I would like to thank everyone for their effort, work, and dedication. G5 Partners is not a physical structure, we are made up of people. I am very proud to see the seriousness, dedication, effort, and the result generated by this work in 2020. We are very proud”.
Founding partners Renato Klarnet and Marcelo Lachjter also highlighted everyone’s efforts. According to Lachjter, “It was not easy. Looking back now, it may seem that it was our business model that helped us face and overcome the crisis. But it was not. It was our “people model”. Each of us faced fear, anguish, loss of friends and family, but with unparalleled commitment and resilience. With this, we knew how to turn a crisis into an opportunity. In 2020, G5 Partners became a true market example.
Following, André Benchimol, a founding partner of G5, and Nathaniel Wendling, Head of Strategic Advisory, presented the results for 2020 and discussed the growth opportunities for the Wealth Management and Strategic Advisory divisions in the coming years, respectively.
The Francisco Gros Excellence Award
At the event, Gerando Falcões and its CEO and founder, Edu Lyra, received the Francisco Gros Excellence Award. This Award was created by G5 Partners in 2017 with the mission of making the world a better place. Inspired by the legacy of one of our founding partners, the Award is given annually to people or institutions that take us back to the memory and values that were exemplarily personified by Francisco.
Gerando Falcões is a social organization that operates through a network strategy in poor suburban and slum areas. Its projects are focused on sports and culture for children and teenagers, as well as on professional qualification for young individuals and adults, acting as an income generation engine for families, including those with members returning home from the penitentiary system.
Upon receiving the award, Edu Lyra recalled his childhood years when he lived in a humble shack at a community slum, his mother’s encouragement and unconditional support and the struggles he faced to build Gerando Falcões, which will soon lead “favelas to making history”:
“I lived in a situation of extreme poverty and vulnerability. I could have accepted the destiny I was sentenced to, but I had a very strong mother who always said “it doesn’t matter where you come from, but where you go. You can have the world and you can do anything”.
In 2020, among the many impact works carried out by the institution, Gerando Falcões organized the “Corona no Paredão, Fome Não” campaign, which assisted over 500,000 families in poor Brazilian communities to have access to food and personal hygiene products. The G5 Partners Team, including partners and employees, supported the campaign.
During the peak of the social distancing period, in the first half of 2020, when many people lost their jobs and others could not leave home for work because of the virus, Gerando Falcões remained active, with Edu Lyra leading the institution’s efforts.
“I designed my role as someone who takes down walls since society is divided by many walls. So, I started to build bridges between developed regions and favelas, between downtown regions and poor suburbs, between corporations in the country and Brazilian communities. When people ask me what my profession is, I jokingly reply that I am a pope. The difference between the Pope and I is that he bridges the gap between God and men, and I bridge the gap between favelas and downtown centers”.