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David Panton

Managing Partner | SPAC Operations Group

Navigation Capital Partners

Atlanta, GA, USA

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David Panton’s Biography

David Panton serves as Managing Partner of the SPAC Operations Group at Navigation Capital Partners, a firm he co-founded and for which he serves as a Partner. Navigation Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused on growth and buyout investments in middle-market companies.

The SPAC Operations Group makes equity investments in Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs). It 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.

David has decades of experience in the investments and private equity space and has proven to be an adaptive and innovative leader. He co-founded and served as Chief Strategy Officer for AVCtechnologies, a leading cloud communications provider that develops innovative and manageable cloud-based UCaaS, Cybersecurity and IT solutions. Earlier in his career, David was Vice President of Mellon Ventures and founded private equity firm Panton Equity Partners, and currently serves on its board.

An experienced board member and advisor, David currently sits on the Board of Directors for Ameritech Facilities Services LLC and D and Z Media Acquisition Corp. He is also the Chairman of the Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta, which provides support and financial relief to Jamaican business owners and future leaders of Atlanta.

Outside of his work with Navigation Capital, David is an Adjunct Professor at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, where he passes down his knowledge to MBA and BBA students through courses on entrepreneurship and private equity. Earlier, he served his home nation of Jamaica as a Senator in the Upper House of Parliament.

David Panton’s Newsfeed

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 IX would be led by Vicki Palmer as CEO. The company's chairman will be David Panton, managing partner at Navigation Capital and chairman of Panton Equity Partners LLC, a private family office he founded in June 2012.

Bloomberg
‘Super Soaker’ Inventor Joins Rare Quadruple Play in SPAC Market

The serial dealmakers at 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. The investment firm aims to raise $150 million apiece for Navigation Capital Acquisition VI, VII, VIII and IX... Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the “Super Soaker” water gun, is chief executive officer of one of the special purpose acquisition companies, while Super Bowl champion Jerome “the Bus” Bettis will be on the board of another.

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David Panton’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").
Navigation Capital Partners
Co-Founder & Partner
Mar 2007 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
Navigation Capital Partners (NCP) makes investments in middle-market operating companies with high growth across the southern United States. Since its founding, NCP formed the SPAC Operations Group.
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David Panton’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

D and Z Media Acquisition Corp
Board of Directors
Atlanta, GA, USA
In the face of a subscription economy, D and Z Media seeks to curate and create premium content on a global scale while also executing strategic acquisitions and mergers.
Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta
Chairman
Atlanta, GA, USA
The Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta, founded in 2014, was established in order to provide support and financial relief for members of the Jamaican community. With a mission to empower and encourage Jamaican business owners and professions, the Jamaican Chamber of Commerce hopes to build a more successful, engaged and connected community in Atlanta.
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Previous Board Positions

Track Utilities
Board of Directors
Meridian, ID, USA
Track Utilities served the Northwest and Intermountain West regions with infrastructure services, including repair, maintenance, upgrades and installation.
SecureWorks
Board of Directors
Atlanta, GA, USA
Secureworks was an American cybersecurity company that served the global market by putting customers first and bringing together security experts. SecureWorks’ researchers and analysts ensured that organizations received the best protections against cyber threats.
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Media

SPACS - Deep Dive With David Panton of Navigation Capital
Interview
Dec 2020
David Panton joins The Deal Flow Show to discuss Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs). He begins by explaining what a SPAC is and gives several reasons why SPACS are such a noteworthy trend. David also provides a walk-through of how a SPAC is formed and operated, from start to finish.
What's a SPAC, Who Invests in Them and Why are They So Popular?
Interview
Oct 2020
The Excelsior Capital podcast welcomes David Panton, Managing Partner of Navigation Capital’s SPAC Operations Group. David shares his knowledge on Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), including a detailed look at how they are formed and how they operate. He also explains what is behind the rising popularity of SPACs and how he sees their role in the future of investing.

Accreditation

American College of Corporate Directors
Master Professional Director Certification
Needham, MA, USA
The American College of Corporate Directors’ (ACCD) members are directors of publicly held companies who seek further networking opportunities and wish to receive high-quality instruction regarding issues facing their companies. ACCD certifications serve as credentials for board leadership and further leadership positions.

Publications

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Jamaica's Michael Manley: The Great Transformation (1972-92)
Author
1993
Published in 1993, Jamaica's Michael Manley: The Great Transformation (1972-92) tells the story of Michael Manley, a character who shifts his ideology from radicalized to right in an effort to examine the ways in which similar changes have occurred in the real world of the 80s and 90s.

Memberships

Young Presidents Organization (YPO)
Member | Atlanta Chapter
2009 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
Young Presidents Organization (YPO) is a global leadership community of executives that strive to become better people and better leaders in order to enact positive change on the greater global community. All members are chief executives who come from varied and diversified backgrounds and who strive to continue to grow and achieve.
Harvard Law Review
Fmr. President
Cambridge, MA, USA
The Harvard Law Review is an independent, student-run organization that publishes a journal of legal articles. The journal aims to provide research material to both law students and practicing law professionals.
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Awards & Endorsements

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Atlanta 500
Honoree
2021
Atlanta, GA, USA
Atlanta Magazine's 500 list honors Atlantans who are creative visionaries, who inspire others, and who take initiative and propel an organization or a cause forward.
Kingston College Old Boys’ Association | Atlanta Chapter
Honoree
2020
Atlanta, GA, USA
David Panton was honored for being a prominent member of the Jamaican community in Atlanta and longtime supporter of various community initiatives, as well as the establishment of the Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta (JAMCHAM). Kingston College Old Boys’ Association (KCOBA) is the alumni association of Kingston College, an inner city all boys high school in Kingston, Jamaica.

Public Service

Upper House of Parliament in Jamaica
Senator
Oct 2002 - Mar 2004
Kingston, JM
The Upper House of Parliament in Jamaica makes up one-half of the Jamaican Parliament that often acts as a review chamber for bills passed by the House of Representatives.

Academic Appointments

Goizueta Business School | Emory University
Adjunct Professor | Finance
2011 - Present
Atlanta, GA, USA
As a member of the faculty at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, David Panton teaches courses on entrepreneurial private equity to MBA and BBA students.

Speaking Engagements

The Information SPAC Conference 2020: The Dawn of a New Era, or the Beginning of the End?
Speaker
Nov 2020
David Panton joins a number of other speakers in order to discuss, examine and explain the rise of new SPAC funds and to answer the leading question of "Why now?"

David Panton’s Education

Harvard Law School
Juris Doctor
1993 - 1997
University of Oxford
PhD | Management
1992 - 1994
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