ADV CHRIS CHRYSTAL

Executive Chairman (Nominated) 

BA LLB LLM DIP MAR LAW

Born and schooled on the East Rand of Johannesburg he entered the University Of Natal in 1982, where he read for the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws (Shipping and International Commerce) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Maritime Law.

 

He completed articles of clerkship with Law Firm Shepstone & Wylie and started practice as an Advocate in 1992 at the Natal Bar, practising as a commercial practitioner. In 2005 he joined an engineering/mining house as their general legal counsel/adviser, providing a broad range of advice to the executive and business units, encompassing all aspects of business, including financing matters.  

 

Adv. Chrystal has travelled extensively on business, notably in Africa, and is well versed in highly regulated industries and have dealt with commercial matters, including contracts, due diligence's to closing, listings, and governance in the multinational field and across different legal jurisdictions.  

 

In addition, he has sat on boards of companies and has acted in fiduciary capacities over the last 20 years. He has also sat as a Referee in the High Court, Exercising its Admiralty Jurisdiction, on a Section 5 (3) of Act 105 of 1983 appointment.  

 


 

DAVE ROMERO

Group Chief Executive Officer 

B.Compt, Professional Accountant (SA)

Dave qualified as a Professional Accountant (SA) in 1987. He Joined a Corporate Finance Company after qualifying where he got the first taste of Venture Capital. Dave became the Financial Director and later, the Managing Director of Equivest, a Venture Capital Group.

 

During 1991, Dave established his own Venture Capital Company which was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on the 25th of November 1997. REF Finance and Investment Corporation Ltd focussed on the ICT industry. Highlights of this company include being ranked 21st in a Business Times Top 100 Companies survey during 1998, ranked the 40th fastest growing company in South Africa, with investors receiving a 1,800% return over a five year period.

 

During 2005, Dave bought into Isibane Holdings (Pty) Ltd, formed a Private Equity company called Isibane Capital Ltd and was elected as the Joint CEO. 2009 saw the merger of the company with Pulse Private Equity.

 

In 2012 Dave founded the Caban Group of Companies to help entrepreneurs succeed by providing a comprehensive service offering to small businesses as risk in return for equity. The success of this model lead to the founding of Caban Capital, the Group Holding company, in the UK through which the business model is being applied internationally.

 

Dave’s passion for developing entrepreneurs often takes him out of the boardroom and into the local communities where he can be found offering advice as well as creating innovative solutions to the funding requirements of public benefit organisations. He has over the course of his career helped hundreds of companies to get started.

 

Dave also serves on the boards of the following organisations:

  • South African Small and Medium Enterprise Federation (SASMEF)
  • Salesian Life Choices
  • The Atlantis Dream Team
  • N//n#e Community Development Trust
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Group CFO Caban Investments Ltd | CFO TBL Capital

CA (SA)

 

Ashley is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) with a number of years’ experience in financial services including Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Private Equity amongst others gained in South Africa and some Southern African countries. He has a developed and astute business acumen with an entrepreneurial flair coupled with experience at senior management and executive level management including recent commercial roles as CEO and Executive Director. 

 

He also has experience as a non-executive board member including recent roles as Audit Committee and Board Chairperson at the CTICC and has completed a Director Development and Induction Programme presented by KPMG as well as an Audit Committee Training Programme.

 

Ashley is a member and past member of the following organisations: 

 

  • South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
  • Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa (ABASA)
  • Institute of Administration and Commerce (IAC)
  • Association of Black Investment Professionals (ABSIP)
  • Institute of Directors (IOD)

 

In 1995 Ashley started a community based educational project with an NGO called Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA) whereby he compiled and presented a course on Accountancy leading into computerised accounting systems which was externally examined and accredited by the IAC.

 

Ashley is currently completing the Mphil postgraduate studies at St Augustine College with majors in the fields of Applied Ethics and Theology.

 

A family man with 3 children, he actively participates in hiking, water sports and amateur golf and enjoys reading socio-economic, business and political material.

 


 

DYLAN JAMES

Chief Marketing Officer

 

Dylan is a highly respected business development specialist focussing on media and media related industries. He has launched, directed and produced some of the leading business to business events in South Africa including the DHL Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention, BHP Billiton Skills Development Summit, PPC Clean Business International and the Black Business Quarterly Awards.

 

The success of these ventures led to him being nominated as finalist in the business services category at the Rising Star Awards in partnership with the Human Capital Institute.

 

His passion for developing entrepreneurs led to the founding of Dylan James Media in 2013 which will acquire interest in upcoming media houses as well as empower, mentor and develop entrepreneurs in the media industry.

 

Dylan has a strong marketing background and is a powerful networker and connector and was recently elected as Deputy Chair of the South Peninsula Region of the Cape Chamber of Commerce as well as being elected as a Chamber Council Member.

 


 

JAMES ANDERSON

Non-Executive Director (Nominated) 

LLB., CA., CA (SA), DIP(Wits), IASSA, IOD

James H Anderson was educated at Edinburgh and Glasgow Academies.  He then studied at Aberdeen University, where he gained an LL.B in 1966, and then at Glasgow University in 1967 where after he obtained the institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland qualification in 1969.

 

He joined Unilever Ltd in London as part of the British Universities key intake for management program and was transferred to South Africa initially as Manager Internal Audit and thereafter promoted to the position of Financial Manager for an operating subsidiary, involved in all aspects of brand management, product development and financial control and reporting.

 

In 1972 he joined Western Bank as the Regional Accountant for Johannesburg, Northern Transvaal and Free State. He was tasked to integrate and standardize the Banks accounting and computer systems and to run the largest Regional administration. This was completed in three years and he was then promoted to Group Financial Manager. That year Western Bank was taken over by Anglo American and then by Barclays Bank. He was then appointed to work with Barry Swart of Barclays to integrate the two banks.

 

In 1975 he joined Ryan Nigel Ltd which was the top listed company on the JSE and was appointed Financial Director six months later. His responsibilities were expanded to include management of the Corporate Finance and Investment Divisions, which he ran for two years until the company was taken over by Standard Bank Ltd.

 

He joined National Acceptances Ltd as a director and founding shareholder, and was responsible for developing the Corporate Finance Division from inception, which specialized in mergers and acquisitions, company re-constructions, project finance and investments. This team grew to be one of the most respected corporate finance teams in South Africa.

 

He has been the Managing Director of Rand Reef Investments Limited since inception in 1983.  The company offers Financial, Marketing and Strategic Consultancy, and Corporate Financial Services to a wide range of individual and corporate clients.  Clients have included Murray and Roberts, Toyota, Barlows and certain substantial private groups.

 

He was senior Group Marketing Consultant for ABSA Merchant Bank (“AMB”) a division of the largest SA bank for five years, with a mandate to develop both local and international business in which period “AMB” grew substantially.

 

Transactions included the purchase of Cutfin bank for ABSA, structuring and core acquisitions for DiData, E.D.S SA, Murray and Roberts, Bell listing, Winhold restructure. James was also the Merchant Banking adviser to the North West Government.

 

He re-commenced the Rand Reef Investments financial consultancy business in 1998, offering Consulting, Corporate Financial and Project Finance services including property, to listed clients, SME’s, and BBBEE clients.

 

The company also advises clients on funding, governance and strategy, including listings and turnarounds.

 

He is also an independent Non-Executive Director and has served on six listed company boards and other substantial Companies, on several occasions as Chairman of the Audit Committee and as acting Managing Director.

 

He is a DIP. Wits and is a member of the IOD and IASSA and a member of Johannesburg Rotary.

 


 

Director

 

Mark has over 25 years’ experience in technical planning, budgeting and film schedule organisation of major live events. He has worked in many facets of the industry from technical to production – specialising in producing/directing live broadcast and events.

 

Mark was the first production co-ordinator at M-NET for Outside Broadcasts, planning and budgeting major local & international productions i.e. Miss South Africa,  Miss World; various music concerts, and major sporting events. In 1994 Mark, in partnership, founded Van-Man Productions when they were awarded the K-T.V. contract. Mark budgeted, planned and produced three K-TV road-shows into Africa - this also included choreographing the shows.  Mark was the Technical Director for South Africa’s first ever Community Channel in September 1998 and a partner, supervising producer and financial director of Crazy Communications - Craz-e on e.tv.

 

In 2000 Mark co-founded Page to Picture. During the next 7 years,  some of the Productions Page to Pictures completed include :  Bling! (SABC), What's your Flava (SABC), Which Way (SABC), Bornfree's (e.tv), events, in-store  promotions, corporate videos  and commercials.

 

In 2007 Mark created  Move Media. Move Media has 2 Avid Edit Suites and a Full High Definition Camera Rig. Some of Move Media’s Productions include  Discovery Cape Times Big Walk (Treble Group/Super Sport), Tru-Cape TV Series (Red Cherry), EFC Africa 2-4 (HD in Motion), Curves Commercials (Curves SA), 2010 Team Lion with Martin Tyler (ESPN), Face of Fitness (Super Sport), Muscle Evo Grand Prix (Super Sport), MTN Bushfire Music Festival Swaziland (Innermedia), DHL Tomorrows Leaders Convention (Cape Media/DHL), CNN Africa Journalist Awards Zambia – CNN Africa (HD in Motion).

 


 

Chief Technical Officer

Technology innovator with career track record in industrial design and manufacturing. Rolf has Diplomas in industrial marketing (UNISA) and production management (NPI). From 1970 to 1978, was production manager at David Whitehead & Son’s Ltd (vertical textile manufacturer, subsidiary of the Tongaat Hulett Group).

 

1979, founded SA’s first commission engraving company, Omni Screens (Pty) Ltd.  1986-2000: Nexus Consulting, Durban-Cape Town, SA.  Independent Business Consultant , Business Unit Manager with Frame Group and Avtex. 2001-2005: Co-founder, CEO & Shareholder (25.1%) of Q-Systems AG, Hamburg, Germany.  Product, Marketing & Business Development Manager. Developed and patented Q-Stone composite stone system and secured licence agreements with international partners. 2005 – present, developer of the TransWind project.