Begich Capital Partners, Inc.’s leadership team is comprised of proven business operators with extensive experience in core business functions including executive leadership, strategy, operations, finance, sales & marketing, and more. In addition, they possess unique experience in transactional activities such as recapitalization, fundraising, M&A transactions, liquidity, and distressed environments.
Mark Begich is the president and CEO of Northern Compass Group, LLC. Over the last 40 years as a businessman, he has been an entrepreneur, CEO and led creative startups. Mr. Begich is experienced in commercial and residential real-estate, retail sales, travel & tourism, business consulting, mergers & acquisitions of public utilities and privately held companies, corporate restructuring, business turnarounds, vending and distribution, capital-raising, joint ventures and equity investing.
In addition to his long career in the private sector, Mr. Begich has dedicated several decades of his life to public service. He served in the United States Senate from 2009 to 2014 for the 111th, 112th and 113th congresses. Previous to that he served as mayor of Anchorage from 2003-2007 and ten years as an elected member of the Anchorage Assembly.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Begich has worked on key issues such as telecommunications, Arctic policy, technology, U.S. military, transportation, tribes, fisheries, infrastructure, labor & workforce development, education, natural resource development veterans, housing, business development and economic growth.
Mr. Begich is married to Anchorage businesswoman Deborah Bonito, president and owner of Sourdough Mercantile Inc. and several other small businesses. Their son, Jacob is currently in high school.
Bob Lowrance is an industry “generalist” with a broad background including: technology, transportation, manufacturing & distribution, financial services, real estate, and professional services, as well as serving as the chief executive for several successful entrepreneurial ventures. His extensive expertise within the areas of distressed, transitional, and emerging growth organizations provides solid and effective strategies that produce results, every time.
Prior to joining Begich Capital Partners, Inc. Bob spent the preceding sixteen years functioning as an investor, mentor, advisor, and/or interim-executive for a variety of companies and investment groups located both in Alaska and throughout the United States. His efforts have been focused primarily on early-stage, transitional, and distressed environments where transactions such as acquisitions, fundraising, recapitalization, and/or divestiture are critical to organizational success. Activities included:
Recent, local efforts include serving two years as President & COO for Alaska’s second largest Regional Air Carrier and the prior two as SVP & General Manager for an Alaska-based light manufacturing and distribution company.
Bob’s last corporate effort was as Founder & CEO of a professional services firm providing outsourced professional recruitment services to the Fortune 100. During his tenure, Bob successfully guided the firm from an entrepreneurial start-up to a nationally recognized organization with large-scale engagements operating throughout the United States and Europe. He co-founded what is now a $3.5 billion dollar industry (Recruitment Process Outsourcing or “RPO”), was recognized for his early role in leveraging the Internet to improve recruitment workflow, and achieved a top 5 ranking in the Dallas Business Journal’s prestigious FastTech 50 (greatest 4 year growth for privately held high-tech companies within the D/FW Metroplex).
During Bob’s early career he served as Executive Vice President for a business-strategy consulting group specializing in transactions within transitional industries. In that role, Bob received extensive business strategy experience working in conjunction with firm Principal, Dr. E. Allen Jacobs. Dr. Jacobs is a noted former MIT economist who provided transaction analysis for prominent business magnates of the time such as T. Boone Pickens and Harold Simmons. Through Dr. Jacobs intensive mentoring Bob gained invaluable insight into critical factors for organizational success within both rapid-growth and distressed environments.
Bob completed his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University, where he was a Company Commander in the Corps of Cadets and received a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army. In addition to Bob’s participation at Begich Capital Partners, he sits on the Board of Directors for several privately held companies and regularly volunteers time to local charitable organizations.
Nicholas Begich III brings twenty years of business management, early stage investing, and new business formation experience to Begich Capital Partners. Begich delivers expertise in executive leadership, operations, technology, marketing, and financial modeling. He is the Founder & current Chairman of FarShore Partners (www.farshore.com), an international software development firm. Founded in 2006, FarShore has grown from 1 part-time employee to over 120 full-time employees with offices on three continents and four cities (Anchorage, Chicago, Zagreb, and Madurai).
Begich is also co-founder of Dashfire (www.dashfire.com), a start-up enabler assisting companies with business architecture and technology development. Through Dashfire, FarShore has developed technologies that have resulted in several exits, the creation of hundreds of U.S. jobs, and over $200MM in capital raised. Notable Dashfire partnerships include, Artifact Uprising (exit to VSCO), Bucketfeet (exit to Threadless), Careport Health (exit to Allscripts, Techstars grad), CloudUp (exit to Automattic), EverTrue (Techstars grad, Bain Capital investor), Raken, Acacia, Luxury Garage Sale (Brian Spaly investor), Bloomboard, Packback Books (Mark Cuban investor), and Factor75.
Nicholas was previously a Global Technology Manager with Ford Motor Company where he was the youngest technology leader at his level globally while being rated a “Top Achiever” (top 10%) each year he was at Ford. While with Ford, Begich held a number of key roles including:
Prior to joining Ford Motor Company, Nicholas served as an investor relations specialist with Sensormatic Electronics (NYSE:SRM), and worked regularly with executive management to communicate the company’s financial message to investors and analysts. While at Sensormatic, Begich was also responsible for initiatives supporting corporate growth and messaging that later contributed to the company’s acquisition by Tyco for $2.3BB, a 67% premium to market.
Nicholas has been honored to receive recognition as “Top 40 under 40” among Croatian Americans. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business with Concentrations in Information Technology and Decision Modeling and a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurship from Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business where he was named the Outstanding Student in Entrepreneurship.
Begich serves as a Board Director at MTA, the President of the MTA Foundation, and a Board Advisor to Baylor University’s LAUNCH business accelerator. Nicholas lives in Chugiak with his wife Dharna and their son Nicholas.
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