Tom Evslin's career has taken him from nerd to CEO to novelist and consultant with a brief stop as Vermont's Transportation Secretary in the early 1980s. Tom recently retired as CEO of NG Advantage LLC, a company he and wife Mary cofounded which trucks natural gas to industrial and commercial customers. He remains as Chair of NG Advantage. The company was the first to bring the environmental and economic benefits of the clean-burning North American fuel to US custoemrs beyond the reach of pipelines and is still the industry leader. In the great recession Tom was volunteer Chief Recovery Officer for the state responsible for coordinating the state's use of federal stimulus funds and focusing them on the priorities of universal broadband penetration, a smart electrical grid, e-health, and e-education. He also volunteered as CTO for the state. Tom's novel hackoff.com: an historic murder mystery set in the Internet bubble and rubble is available from Amazon in hardcopy or Kindle form. A short story "The Interpreter's Tale" can be downloaded to Kindle. His personal blog Fractals of Change is at blog.tomevslin.com. Tom was cofounder (with Mary), Chairman and CEO of ITXC Corp. The NASDAQ-listed company grew from startup in 1997 to the world's leading provider of wholesale VoIP and one of largest carriers of international voice minutes of any kind by 2004 when it was acquired. He conceived, launched, and ran AT&T's first ISP, AT&T WorldNet Service. WorldNet popularized all-you-can-eat flatrate monthly pricing for Internet access and forced the rest of the industry, including AOL and MSN, to follow suit. Tom has been blamed and praised for this ever since. He is unrepentant. At Microsoft, Tom was responsible for the server products in Microsoft BackOffice including Microsoft Exchange and for Exchange's predecessor Microsoft Mail. Tom went to Microsoft when key assets of Solutions, Inc. (a software company he founded and he and Mary ran) were sold to Microsoft. In the 1970s Solutions developed the first commercial EFT software for banks. In the 1980s Solutions was the first developer of commercial communications software for the Macintosh. Tom was formerly on the boards of the Vermont Telecommunications Authority and the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund. In the private sector, is a board member of FeedBlitz LLC as well as NG Advantage LLC. For many years Tom was Policy Chairman of the Voice on the Net Coalition and a member of the organization's Board of Directors. Tom is the inventor on eight US patents All opinions in this blog not otherwise attributed are Tom's opinions alone and not necessarily the opinion of any organization or business he is associated with.
John Slater, a FOCUS Partner and Capital Financing Team Leader, has twenty eight years of M&A and capital raising experience. Prior to that time, he spent nine years as a practicing attorney, focused primarily on financial transactions, securities and tax matters. Mr. Slater has served clients in industries ranging from information technology and software based services, telecom, broadband distribution, digital media, and business services to manufacturing, health care and distribution logistics.
At FOCUS, Mr. Slater heads the firm’s corporate financing efforts as well as managing M&A transactions for clients. Located in Memphis, he represents the firm in the mid-Continent region and is working actively to build FOCUS’ practice in the central U.S. He publishes the Capital Matters blog at www.capmatters.com. The site provides information and tools to assist entrepreneurs and their advisors in accessing sources of financing needed to support renewed business growth as the U. S. begins to emerge from the recession.
Prior to joining FOCUS in 2005, Mr. Slater was Managing Principal of Slater & Company and its predecessor, Asset Services, LP, which he founded in 1985 to provide investment banking services focused on entrepreneurial companies. Over the past thirty years, Mr. Slater has managed more than 200 M&A and capital raising transactions with aggregate values in excess of $3 billion. His experience includes mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, private placement of debt and equity, transition planning for family businesses, business valuations, going private transactions, industrial revenue bond financings and initial public offerings.
John Slater graduated from Princeton University with an AB degree in Economics in 1970 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1973 with a JD degree. In 1982, after nine years of successful law practice with a focus on financial and securities law, Mr. Slater embarked on a new career to provide capital raising and financial advisory services to the entrepreneurial community. He joined the then embryonic corporate finance department at Morgan Keegan & Company and participated in a variety of capital raising projects, including both private placements and public offerings.
After several years, Mr. Slater realized that there was a need for investment banking services among private businesses that were too small to attract larger national investment banking firms . To meet this need, he founded Asset Services in 1985. The firm grew steadily and became a regional leader in its field. In 1995, as President of M&A International, a global network of independent merger and acquisition firms, Mr. Slater championed the use of advanced communications technologies to create a real time, online, worldwide internal information and deal sharing network for the organization during the very early stages of internet adoption. Mr. Slater has maintained a strong interest in information technologies; particularly broadband distribution and web based technologies and services as well as digital media and digital video and he has managed a number of transactions in these fields.
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Been in the Gaming industry since '88. Before that construction and Jacobson/Club Car dealer.
Did my first trade on US steel, bought the calls based on advice from my dad that the strike would end and the price would go up. That was in the '80's.
I have a good batting average as far as picking winners, but I am a terrible timer of when to get in and out.
I tend to look for mispriced stocks, growth, or dividend plays with a good chance that the stock will appreciate also.