SERVICE TEAM
 
Name: Simon K. Nyagah
Title: President
Expertise: Government relations, business development, strategic planning and management
Focus: Business Development
Simon is responsible for business development including institutional and government activity, and strategic planning. He is a founding member of Simba International Finance, LLC. Simon is the founder of Wandana International Import Export (A Nairobi-Kenya entity, formed in 1995) and Wandana, and a co-founder of Service Plus Temps (a staffing agency formed and operating in Jacksonville Florida). Before joining Simba, Simon held various roles and positions with the Central Bank of Kenya, Middle Africa Finance, and Chase Home Finance. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix, Jacksonville Florida.
Name: John W. Demps, Sr.
Title: Managing Director
Expertise: Business planning, financial analysis/structure and credit underwriting
Focus: Business and Corporate Finance and Relations
John is responsible for business and corporate finance services, business development and relations. He has extensive experience in financial services and economic development activity. He is a former Vice President and the State Director of Community Development Lending – Florida, for First Union National Bank of Florida (now Wachovia Bank, N.A.), with the responsibility of managing the bank's community development programs, including affordable housing and economic development activity in urban communities. John is the founder and operator of a national merchant bankcard company, and shareholder of a licensed mortgage brokerage firm. He founded and operated a substantial non-profit community development organization, which specialized in funding small and medium size businesses using public/private capital programs and strategies. During his career, he was instrumental in forming and capitalizing a significant minority owned manufacturing concern, including its strategic planning, capital structure, capital formation and operating management. John holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Education from Florida A & M University, Tallahassee Florida, U.S.
Name: Artie S. Hope
Title: Managing Director
Expertise: Business planning; financial modeling, analysis and credit underwriting
Focus: Business and Corporate Finance and Relations
Artie is responsible for business and corporate finance services, including business planning, review and analysis and financial modeling. He is a former Chief Financial Officer of a healthcare organization; a former Managing Partner of a public accounting firm; a former Financial Analyst and Regional Controller for Florida National Banks of Florida, Inc. (before merger with First Union National Bank, now Wachovia Bank, N.A.). He was an Audit/Accountant Associate with a regional CPA firm and Haskins & Sells, (before merger with Deloitte & Touche) a former “Big 8” International Accounting Firm servicing a variety of multi-national clients. He was a Member of the Duval County Housing Finance Authority, Jacksonville Florida for approximately 6 years where he was involved in over $200 million in revenue housing bonds for “affordable housing” for the County of Duval, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville Florida.

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