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Darrell J. Mays

CEO & Managing Partner

Navigation Capital Partners

Atlanta, GA, USA

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Darrell’s Biography

Darrell J. Mays is the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner of Navigation Capital Partners. He is a highly respected investments and telecommunications executive and, through an expertise developed over more than two decades, has emerged as a leader in investing in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) industry.

Navigation Capital Partners Fund III is a lift-out fund started by Darrell and his long-time colleague, Larry Mock. Fund III focuses exclusively on attractive, profitable middle market companies with high growth propensity and synergy from add-on acquisitions.

Darrell also serves as CEO & Executive Chairman of AVCtechnologies, a company he co-founded. AVC is a leading cloud communications provider that develops innovative and manageable cloud-based UCaaS, Cybersecurity and IT solutions for enterprise customers. Prior to AVC, Darrell founded nsoro, LLC, a provider of turnkey telecommunications infrastructure services. He oversaw rapid growth as CEO, with revenues reaching approximately $70M in under five years. In 2008, nsoro was acquired by MasTec, Inc.,...
Darrell J. Mays is the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Partner of Navigation Capital Partners. He is a highly respected investments and telecommunications executive and, through an expertise developed over more than two decades, has emerged as a leader in investing in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) industry.

Navigation Capital Partners Fund III is a lift-out fund started by Darrell and his long-time colleague, Larry Mock. Fund III focuses exclusively on attractive, profitable middle market companies with high growth propensity and synergy from add-on acquisitions.

Darrell also serves as CEO & Executive Chairman of AVCtechnologies, a company he co-founded. AVC is a leading cloud communications provider that develops innovative and manageable cloud-based UCaaS, Cybersecurity and IT solutions for enterprise customers. Prior to AVC, Darrell founded nsoro, LLC, a provider of turnkey telecommunications infrastructure services. He oversaw rapid growth as CEO, with revenues reaching approximately $70M in under five years. In 2008, nsoro was acquired by MasTec, Inc., with Darrell appointed as President. By 2016, his final year with MasTec, revenues increased to over $2.3B.

In 2005, Darrell founded the nsoro Foundation, which provides resources to young adults aged out of the foster care system to pursue a postsecondary education. To date, nsoro has raised more than $4.4M in scholarships for 346 students. In 2019, the foundation was named Foundation of the Year by Rising in Community Excellence (RICE), a group that honors individuals and organizations that work to improve lives throughout Atlanta.

Darrell holds a BA in Business Administration from Georgia State University.
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Darrell’s Newsfeed

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Starfish Ball Boosts College Goals of Nsoro Foundation

The nsoro Educational Foundation, founded by Darrell Mays, is gearing up for its 16th annual Starfish Ball, which will be held on January 22nd at the St. Regis Atlanta. All proceeds from the event will benefit the foundation’s scholarship program.

AVCtechnologies Announces Strategic Realignment in Senior Management and Planned Debt Reduction

Current AVCtechnologies’ Director and Navigation Capital Partners Managing Partner, Darrell Mays, will become the CEO of AVCtechnologies. Mr. Mays is deeply familiar with all aspects of the company’s strategy and operations, as co-founder and former CEO. 

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Darrell’s Background

Navigation Capital Partners
CEO & Managing Partner
Jul 2022 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
Fund III is a lift-out fund started by two managing partners from Navigation Capital Partners. Its strategy is to capitalize on attractive lender relationships and acquire 4-5 minority-owned platform companies with growing cash flows to serve as foundations for additional synergistic acquisitions.
Navigation Capital Partners
Managing Partner | SPAC Operations Group
2019 - Jul 2022
Atlanta, GA, USA
The SPAC Operations Group at Navigation Capital focuses on generating outsized risk-adjusted returns by making equity investments in Special Purpose Acquisition Companies ("SPACs").
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Current Board Positions

AVCtechnologies logo AVCtechnologies logo
AVCtechnologies
Executive Chairman
2020 - Present
Houston, TX, USA
AVCtechnologies is a leader in developing comprehensive and innovative cloud-based UCaaS, Cybersecurity and IT solutions. Darrell also previously served as Executive Vice Chairman.

Previous Board Positions

Loyola School
Board of Trustees
New York, NY, USA
Loyola School is an independent co-educational Jesuit school located on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Its mission is to foster an environment where learning is a transformative process and where individual talents are used both to grow in personal worth and to serve others.

Philanthropy

The nsoro Foundation
Founder & Chairman
2005 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
The nsoro Foundation was established to ensure that all young adults who have aged out of the foster care system have the resources and opportunities they need to thrive and become educated, confident, self-sustaining, and contributing members of society.
The Carter Center
Board of Councilors
Atlanta, GA, USA
Founded in 1987, the Board of Councilors is a leadership advisory group that serves to advance the understanding of and support for The Carter Center and its activities among private-sector opinion leaders in Atlanta and Georgia.

Media

AVCtechnologies Announces Significant Projected Revenue Growth of Kandy, its Cloud Communications Platform
Quoted
Dec 2021
Darrell Mays, CEO of AVCtechnologies, is quoted in this article about growth projections for Kandy, as well as AVC's ability to gain market share as a premier white-label cloud communications provider, notably its ability to provide services direct to enterprise capabilities.
Transforming the Investments Industry
Feature
Jan 2021
Atlanta, GA, USA
Darrell Mays, along with fellow Navigation Capital colleagues Jack Sawyer, Lawrence Mock, David Panton and Robert Willis, were featured by Atlanta Magazine in its Atlanta 500 issue for their work in the Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) space. The featured article also discussed the creation of the SPAC Operations Group at Navigation Capital Partners and its early investments.
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Awards & Endorsements

The RICE Awards
Foundation of the Year
2019
Atlanta, GA, USA
The Rising in Community Excellence (RICE) Award is given to individuals, businesses, and charities that demonstrate a keen awareness about community needs and step into the fray, lending a hand and making things better.

Press Releases

‘Super Soaker’ Inventor Joins Rare Quadruple Play in SPAC Market
Jun 2021
New York, NY, USA
Navigation Capital Partners unveiled plans for a quartet of new blank-check companies, in the latest sign that repeat issuers’ enthusiasm for the SPAC market remains unabated.
AVCtechnologies Completes Strategic Acquisition of Ribbon's Kandy Communications
Press Release
Dec 2020
Ribbon Communications Inc. and AVCtechnologies, Inc. announced they have completed the previously announced acquisition of Kandy Communications by AVCtechnologies. Kandy complements AVC's April 2020 acquisition of Stratos Management Systems, Inc. (dba Computex Technology Solutions) by providing a full suite of UCaaS, CCaaS and CPaaS products to serve the growing cloud communications market.

Darrell’s Education

Georgia State University
BA | Business Administration