The business backgrounds of the Managing Directors and investment team are diverse and include executive level corporate management, real estate development and asset management, consulting, turnaround management, commercial and investment banking, and corporate law. This diversity has been further reinforced by the knowledge achieved through investing together over several business cycles.The Executive Management team at Pillar invests alongside investors on every transaction proving their dedication to excellence. Simply speaking, we are a team of entrepreneurs serving entrepreneurs.
Jason Jackson, DBA, CIO
Founder & Managing Director
Jason Jackson, a Forbes Finance Council Member, is the Founder and Managing Director of IBS Investment Bank and the Chairman of its Investment Committee. Jason is responsible for execution and oversight of the firm’s investment portfolio and advisory positions. He also acts as the Managing Director of Pillar Capital, a division of IBS Investment Bank focusing on assessing, originating and structuring potential investment opportunities for the investment bank.
Jason is an experienced Corporate Banker with experiences spanning almost two decades and a proven ability to capitalize on both new and existing markets for
institutions of up to $500MM ann sales with peak AUM reaching $750mm .
Prior to returning to the private sector Jason functioned as a professional in the United States Navy, Naval Aviation division based in Lemoore, California. During his two West Pacific tours he participated in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom earning awards such as the National Defense Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Letters of Commendation (2) and the Honor of being designated as a Naval Aviation Warfare Specialist from his peers.
After completing his military tour Jason received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from University of Phoenix, Arizona and continued with the University Of Phoenix School Of Business and for his Master's in Business Administration. Mr. Jackson went on to completing his MBA and Doctorate in Business Administration from Concordia College.
During his schooling, Jason continued his career and training with HSBC Bank, Wachovia Securities, Wells Fargo Bank and BankAtlanitc. Jason served as a registered representative with FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) as a Uniformed Securities States Law, Investment Company Products and Limited Variable Contracts professional and was registered with the State of Florida holding Life Insurance, Health Insurance and Variable Annuities Licenses. Jason also serves as the Senior Pastor of a non-denominational church in Fort Lauderdale and is an active philanthropist.
Ausby Hardaway, Jr.
A native New Yorker is the acting Managing Partner of Pillar Capital, LLC charged with managing the organization’s transaction flow. Mr. Hardaway is also the Managing Partner at Tiburon Ventures, LLC a Coral Gables based consulting firm that specializing in emerging market finance and business development. Tiburon excels through using its numerous and varied relationships, which spans a wide array of industries and government contacts, in finding clients the requisite funding through private equity, debt or hybrid solutions for energy efficiency related programs.
Subsequent to completing his undergraduate work at The University of Maryland College Park, Mr. Hardaway took on the position as an administrative assistant to Maryland Congressman Parrin J. Mitchell, Jr the Chairman of the House Small Business Committee and one of the founding members of The Congressional Black Caucus. After two years Mr. Hardaway left to attend Georgetown University Law Center. During his tenure at Georgetown Law he worked as an intern clerk for The Honorable Judge William J. Murphy, who sat on the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and later served as a clerk in Judge Murphy’s prominent Baltimore boutique law practice after Judge Murphy retired from the bench.
After Law School, Mr. Hardaway returned to Capitol Hill to serve as a congressional aide to Congressman Mitchell. His duties included but were not limited to the research, drafting and implementation of key pieces of legislation that impacted the constituents of the Seventh Congressional District of Maryland.
Mr. Hardaway has served as Founder and Managing Partner for HGD Development a Development and Syndication firm that successfully facilitated the funding and building of various residential domestic projects as well as projects in the Caribbean, Brazil, Belize and The Bahamas.His company was involved in the purchase, revitalization and sale of numerous undervalued real estate assets while employing individuals within a number of The Clinton Administrations HUD defined Empowerment Zones.
Mr. Hardaway is also the Founder and Managing Partner for H2 Fuel Sciences, Inc whose mission was to seek out emerging energy saving technologies in the pre-commercial stage to help develop, define and commercialize the technologies in the environmental services market. He headed the effort to establish both national and international distribution networks while leveraging existing global relationships to apply H2’s technologies to existing commercial applications. H2’s primary focus is centered on the emerging applications that employed the integration of on board Hydrogen production, Frequency Modulation through the use of fuel chips and the implementation of advanced outboard Oil Filtration systems for use in the Class 8 trucking industry
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