A native of Romania, Andrei currently resides in the dynamic and energetic city of Cluj where he is contributing to the development of the city and creating new places for the community to enjoy.
A native of Romania, Andrei Timofte currently resides in the dynamic and energetic city of Cluj where he is excited to be contributing to the development of the city and creating new places for the community to enjoy. He credits AISB with helping to fuel his success, and is proud to be giving back to his country.
WM: Tell us about your first day at AISB. What year was it? What was it like?
AT: It feels like such a long time ago...It was 2001, the school was still in the old campus on Dorobantilor Blvd. It was a surreal experience, because everything was different from my old school. I can say it felt like a new beginning, so definitely a very exciting time at AISB! I graduated in 2006. Graduation gave me a sense of achievement and excitement for the next stage in life.
WM: Tell us about what you've been up to since graduating from AISB?
AT: Right after graduation I enrolled in Babes Bolyai University where I majored in economics and management. In parallel, I started work at the family business which at that time was mostly involved in construction. After graduation I became more involved in the business, and 5 years ago I took on the role of chief executive officer of the company.
WM: Why did you choose to stay in Romania vs. pursuing a college degree and/or professional career abroad?
AT: I was lucky to learn a lot from my parents in terms of managing a business, so I didn't want to throw that opportunity away. I felt that after working a few years I would have a better understanding of what I really like and I'm interested in. Just last year I completed my master's degree in real estate at Reading University, UK. I’m happy to be working towards a better Romania.
WM: Can you tell us what life is like for the CEO of Transilvania Constructii? What are some major projects you are working on? What do you do in your down time?
AT: First of all, balance is essential - as the Learner Profile trait in the IB curriculum at AISB reminds us! Enjoying life is important for me, that’s why I try to balance time between work/ family/friends and hobbies. Tennis is a sport I practice regularly, about 2-3 times a week, and a sport I enjoyed at AISB as well. It helps me relax and disconnect from work. My other hobbies are mountain biking and off-road exploring.
Professionally, I’m currently working on developing a network of industrial parks in Romania. I find the industrial sector quite interesting because it enables the manufacturing and movement of goods for the end user. The first industrial park is located in Cluj and the next one is in the center of Moldova, in Bacau. The second major project is phase two of Novis Plaza, a contemporary office complex focused on creating a complete ecosystem for the very high standards of today's workforce. Very recently I started to work on a new unique project that I’m very passionate about. Redeveloping the largest sports club in Cluj- Napoca into a landmark project for the entire region.
WM: Finally, can you share with us your favorite high school memory from AISB? When you are planning to visit the school next?
AT: Romanian classes were very special during the last two high school years. It was a class I was always waiting for. Lots of fun!
I haven’t visited since graduation but I hope I have the chance to visit the school in the near future and see how it has evolved. It represents a very important time in my life.
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