İlyas Akca graduated from Sakarya University Department of Business Administration and Anadolu University Department of Business Administration and did his master’s degree on Marketing in Beykent University. He started his work life as the purchasing coordinator of Taksim Otelcilik’s hotels in Antalya. Two years after that, he was assigned to the General Directorate as Group Purchasing Manager which saw him assume responsibility for all hotels of the group. To this day, he worked in Naturland, Side Palace, Antalya Falez Hotel and Taksim International Mersin & Kuşadası hotels of the company. He still acts as the Group Purchasing Manager for Abant Palace, Abant Köşk and Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Çeşme and Obaköy/Alanya hotels of the company. Since Akca is a big-time Beşiktaş fan, he is a member of the Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club Congress and serves as the Vice President of Küçükçekmece Beşiktaş Fans Association. He is also a Member of the Board of the Marmara Region Purchasing Managers Association founded to create social projects and provide professional solidarity. He has professional articles on purchasing in various magazines.