- First Access
Chief Executive Officer
David Ballantine was a co-founder and Managing Partner of Root Capital Inc., a financial services company that assists in equity and debt placements. Mr. Ballantine has been active in the Canadian financial services industry for the past 13 years. Mr. Ballantine’s early successes include Basis100 (TSX: BAS) as one of the founders and managers.
Mr. Ballantine later worked with the capital pool company Grey Horse Capital, just post its founding, and assisted in arranging the last component of financing that led to the acquisition of Equity Transfer Services (now TMX Equity Transfer Services) by Grey Horse Capital (TSX: EQI). Mr. Ballantine stepped down from his operational role with Root Capital Inc. in June 2012.
Scott Larin has spent 19 years in the financial sector, providing strategic and financial advice and raising money in the public and private markets for Canadian and U.S. corporations. Prior to First Access, Mr. Larin was a Partner at Hydra Capital Partners where he provided strategic, operational and financial advice to private and public companies in various growth sectors. Mr. Larin was also Director, Head of Equity Capital Markets at Wellington West Capital Markets for five years, where he originated and managed all aspects of new issues. Prior to Wellington West, Mr. Larin spent a decade at CIBC World Markets in Equity Capital Markets and Investment Banking roles. Mr. Larin became a CFA charter holder in January 2000.
Vice-President, Investor Relations
Paul Stephanson has over 25 years of experience in the retail automotive sales. Mr. Stephanson is a results-orientated manager, with a proven record of success in driving revenue growth while providing leadership in highly competitive markets. Mr. Stephanson has led dealerships to be top performers, most recently as the General Sales Manager of Eastside Dodge, the third largest volume Chrysler dealership in Canada. Mr. Stephanson was also the General Manager of Western RV, the second largest volume RV dealership in Canada.
Steve Knaus spent 14 years with VFC Inc., a pioneer in Canadian non-prime auto-finance, post its acquisition by TD Financing Services. He was the Area Manager of Southern Alberta for eight years and then the Regional Manager of Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Post the TD Financing Services purchase of VFC Inc., Mr. Knaus managed a sales and marketing team of nine Area Managers in Southern Alberta and B.C.
Vice-President, Customer Service
Roy Evans has had a comprehensive 40-year automotive career. Most recently he was the Operating Partner and Owner of one of Canada’s largest Saturn Saab franchises. Mr. Evans also served a term as Vice President and President of the Edmonton Motor Dealers’ Association, and at the same time, as a Director of the Motor Dealers Association of Alberta. Mr. Evans also served a two year term for Saturn Saab of Canada as a Director on the retail team.
Roger Gilliam has over 20 years experience in accounting and finance. Prior to joining First Access, he spent six years working for an independent non-prime automobile leasing company. Mr. Gilliam is also the former controller of a pre-owned automotive dealer. Mr. Gilliam is a graduate of Seneca College with a diploma in accounting and finance.
Michael Williamson is the owner of Tropical Inc. / Tropical Nut and Fruit Inc., a snack food manufacturing and distribution company that operates in Canada and the United States. Mr. Williamson served as a trustee on the board of directors of a publicly traded US corporation and, as a trustee, served on the Nominations Committee, Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and, while going through a stock purchase transaction for this company, served as a member of the Special Committee that handled the negotiations. Mr. Williamson currently sits as a member on the board of advisors for a Canadian private company.
Brian Radmacher is currently Co-owner at Eddie’s Auto Sales in Edmonton, Alberta. Prior to that, he was Non-Prime Finance Director of Londonderry Chrysler Dodge Jeep dealership in Edmonton, Alberta and the General Manager of Carco Auto Sales in Edmonton from 2009 to May 2013. Prior to working at Carco, Mr. Radmacher was the Vice President, Operations of Carfinco Financial Group, a sub-prime automobile financing company, from 1997 to 2009.
Martin Singer is a successful entrepreneur who built Singer Specialized Ltd., a small, independent one-man operation in 1976, into one of the largest specialized transportation businesses in Alberta employing over 90 employees. Upon the recent sale of his business to a Canadian public corporation, he has expanded his interests to the financial industry and to real estate. Mr. Singer also sits on the board of directors of the Inn From the Cold charity in Calgary.