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Trevor Jacobs

Executive Director

B.Com, Higher Diploma in Accounting, CA (SA), Diploma in Insolvency Law, CFA (USA)

Trevor qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in 1994 and held corporate finance positions both locally and abroad, for Investec Bank, and Standard Bank in London.

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In 1999 Trevor returned to South Africa from the United Kingdom and established Credit Management Solutions, as a founding director and equity holder. After growing CMS to over 450 staff, Trevor sold his interest in the business in 2006.

Since 2006, Trevor has been co-founder of Firefly Capital, Summer Mobile, Brickfield Properties and Nimble Group. Collectively these companies offer full time employment to over 1,500 employees at offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Gaborone and Windhoek. Trevor has also been actively involved in building several other private businesses.

Trevor has over ten years of operating experience at the senior management and board level with private companies which has given him a valuable insight into several different industries. His specific commercial experience includes investing (property, private equity, special opportunities and distressed assets), operating management (high growth companies & turnarounds) and advisory work (corporate restructuring, capital structure workouts and business rescue workouts).

Trevor is currently Joint CEO of Nimble Group. Nimble Group has developed quickly through both organic and acquisitive growth. Key acquisitions include Nimble Collection Services (2009), Norman Bissett and Associates (2010) and Creditworx (2012). Which have all been successfully turnaround into profitable operating entities.

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    Rowan Gordon

    Executive Director

    B.Com, H Dip Acc, CA (SA), Diploma in Insolvency Law

    After completing his articles at Deloitte, Rowan was employed at Standard Bank for 6 years where he worked in the corporate finance, leveraged buyout and private equity areas within the bank.

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    Following this role, he joined Credit Management Solutions, where he was primarily responsible for managing the corporate debt advisory business and was instrumental in creating the success that CMS enjoyed. Rowan disposed of his interest in CMS in 2006.

    While at CMS, Rowan established the Pioneer Trust with Sabvest and developed the business which was managing third party money and concluding principal investments in non-performing loans. Post the sale of CMS to what is now Transaction Capital, Rowan also helped create Summer Mobile. Summer Mobile is an outbound sales organisation servicing the cellular telephone market.

    Rowan has spent the last 4 years developing the Nimble Group. It started with the acquisition of Nimble Collection Services which employed about 30 people in April 2009. Rowan is currently the controlling shareholder of Nimble Group in conjunction with Trevor Jacobs. He is serving as CEO of Nimble Group’s consumer operations, which now span 4 cities and employ more than 1,300 people. Rowan has over ten years’ experience in credit, consulting, outsourced collections management, distressed debt advisory work, financial capital, debt restructuring, corporate finance, private equity and venture capital, and has successfully built a substantial business servicing most of the largest credit granters in South Africa.

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      Patrick Smart

      Executive and Financial Director

      CA(SA)

      Patrick spent 5 years with Old Mutual as a Financial Planner. During this period he was responsible for servicing a regional client base and supporting staff with technical analysis for corporate clients.

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      He then joined BDO in March 2007, going on to complete his articles in February 2010. Thereafter he did consulting work on a range of Corporate Finance transactions. Patrick joined Nimble during June 2010.