Timi Okah – Kingsway’s First Acquisition in CEO Accelerator Program – EP.91

My guest in this episode is Timi Okah. Timi is the first CEO in Kingsway Financial CEO Accelerator Program, having acquired an HR and accounting business called the Ravix group in October this year of 2021. There’s several interesting wrinkles within this search model. One of the most interesting being that Kingsway is a public company and Ravix was acquired as a subsidiary of Kingsway. On top of this, Kingsway has significant NOLs or net operating losses on their books, which offers a unique tax opportunity at Timi and Ravix.

Over the course of this episode, Timi and I talk about his engineering background and switching to business, choosing Kingsway’s program, pros and cons of buying on behalf of a public company, some nuances of working with public shareholders, and what he’s excited to build within Ravix over the coming years. Enjoy. 

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