Founder and Chief Executive Officer of STS Capital Partners for over two decades until he scaled to the role of Chairman in 2023.
Rob’s purpose and passion is to help entrepreneurial business owners achieve maximum value when the right time comes to sell. Today, Rob has been involved with or led over a thousand M&A transactions, with a total transaction value of over $100B.
In addition to being Chairman and Founder of STS Capital Partners, Rob is also the founding Chairman of Altruvest Charitable Services, a Canadian charity that provides training and tools to improve the performance of local charities so they can give more to their causes.
Rob’s academic accomplishments include a BA with distinction from the University of Toronto (including the RB Day award for best undergraduate political science essay); LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University; a certificate in Not-For-Profit Management from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College; Arbor Award from the University of Toronto as an international leader in corporate philanthropy; and MSc (Oxon.) from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School in Advanced Strategy.
A proven CEO with over 30 years of leadership experience and an extensive track record demonstrating growth through M&A, Nicholas Kyrzakos adds a truly global perspective to business after having lived in 13 countries on 4 continents throughout his career.
Nicholas previously held c-suite positions around the world. As Group CEO of JJ Transport, Nicholas operated in sub-Saharan Africa and as Regional CEO for Damco, the logistics arm of Maerks Shipping Lines, his territory spanned from Poland and the Czech Republic to Russia and throughout the Middle East including Israel, Iraq, and Jordan. Nicholas was also Global CFO for DHL Aviation, the largest freight airline in the world at that time and Regional CFO of Asia for UPS.
Nicholas received his MBA from the Cal State University system and holds a B.S. in Economics and Accounting.
Troy’s impressive background in financial services spans decades. During Troy’s career at Scotiabank, he held many notable roles including President and CEO of the Scotiabank Group Mexico, the largest subsidiary of Scotiabank outside of Canada, and Executive Vice President of Canadian Retail Branches and Channels at Scotiabank Canada.
Before these roles, Troy was President and CEO of Scotiabank Puerto Rico, where he led the turnaround of a mid-size full-service bank through the toughest US banking downturn since the great depression and completed an FDIC-assisted bank acquisition. Troy addressed and repaired FDIC compliance orders and managed the relationship with the New York office of the Fed and FDIC.
Troy also served as Head of Scotiabank’s International Corporate Development at Scotiabank where he identified international acquisition targets linking opportunities to the global strategy, oversaw due diligence, obtained internal approvals, and led negotiations to purchase targets – completing acquisitions totalling $1.3 billion.
Troy has co-founded three successful FinTech companies in the lending space including Lendified, an SME digital online lending company which he took public on the TSXv; Judi.ai, a SaaS platform using AI and machine learning to process loans for financial institutions; and Elevate Export Finance, a finance company providing loans globally to foreign companies to allow the purchase of Canadian manufactured goods.
Troy is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Program; Western University with a BA; and the Harvard Business School YPO Presidents’ Program.
With over 20 years of experience in Finance and Business leadership roles, Phillip has traversed industries from Petrochemicals to Transportation, FMCG, Fintech, Ports and Retail.
As CFO of Whites, he is focused on driving growth and profitability of the business both organic and inorganic. From improving information systems to enabling decision making, Phillip’s goal is to leverage data and technology to support the business while driving efficiencies across the company. Although finance comes second nature to him, he brings considerable business acumen to every decision.
Phillip is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting & finance.