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Darrell J. Mays

Managing Partner | SPAC Operations Group

Navigation Capital Partners

Atlanta, GA, USA

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Darrell Mays’ Biography

Darrell J. Mays is a Managing Partner of the SPAC Operations Group at 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.

The SPAC Operations Group makes equity investments in Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs). The Group employs an innovative 'SPAC-in-a-Box' approach, which reverses the SPAC process by seeking out CEOs and business opportunities independent of the IPO process. Also, with its 'SPAC-on-the-Shelf' approach, investments are created and ready for implementation when a management team is identified to pursue a transaction. This simplifies the process and allows the team to move forward immediately after acquisition.

Darrell also serves as CEO & Chairman of AVCtechnologies, a company he co-founded. AVCtechnologies 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.

Darrell’s Newsfeed

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. 

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Atlanta's Navigation Capital raising $690M for 'SPAC' acquisitions

The four "SPAC" acquisitions – Navigation Capital Acquisition VI, VII, VIII and IX – include companies in financial technology, telecommunications, and manufacturing services. Navigation Capital Acquisition VII would be led by Darrell Mays as chairman and Bert Ellis as CEO. Mays is a managing partner of Navigation Capital. Ellis is an Atlanta entrepreneur and CEO of Ellis Capital.

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Darrell’s Background

Navigation Capital Partners
Managing Partner | SPAC Operations Group
2019 - Present
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").
AVCtechnologies
Co-founder & CEO
2016 - Present
Houston, TX, USA
AVCtechnologies is a leader in developing comprehensive and innovative cloud-based UCaaS, Cybersecurity and IT solutions. It was born out of the completion of a 2020 merger between Pensare Acquisition Corp. and Stratos Management (Computex). Darrel previously served as CEO of Pensare since 2016. Darrell served as CEO from 2016-2020, and again assumed the role of CEO in 2021.
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Darrell’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

AVCtechnologies logo AVCtechnologies logo
AVCtechnologies
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

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.
Closer Look: NFL Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis Lends Support To Foundation Providing Educational Resources To Youth
Interview
Feb 2020
Atlanta, GA, USA
Darrell Mays, founder of The nsoro Foundation, NFL hall of famer Jerome Bettis, and Riheem Jefferson, a nsoro scholar, join “Closer Look with Rose Scott” to discuss the mission of the foundation.
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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

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