Rob Follows, CEO, STS Capital Partners
YPO Europe One, Miami, British Columbia - Gold
Rob Follows is a world-class example of working hard and playing hard. Rob has combined his education, ten years of entrepreneurial leadership and fifteen years of international corporate experience with his passion for helping people live their vision and founded STS Capital Partners in 2003, an international, mid-range mergers and acquisitions firm. STS focuses on helping entrepreneurs and family business owners on their path from Success to Significance™ by maximizing value for shareholders in the sale of their businesses to strategic investors - as well as helping investors to find strategic investment opportunities internationally. Rob has advised on/led over 2,000 successful M&A transactions globally.
As a passionate life planner and adventurist, Rob is one of the first amateur couples to climb Mount Everest - and has climbed all Seven Summits. His many other adventures include skiing both the North and South Poles, completing the 250km Gobi Desert Ultra-Marathon, and the first international descent of the Onan River.
A dedicated member of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) since 1997, Rob has chaired hundreds of events, founded the Barbados Chapter of YPO, and become one of YPO’s Premier Speaking Resources. He has also chaired, led and developed the Social Enterprise Networks (SEN); served on the International Networks Committee (INC) for five years; and has co-chaired, with David Barry, the YPO-CMH Heli-Ski experience for seven years, a highly rated YPO Ski Network event.
Rob is also the founding Chairman of Altruvest Charitable Services, a registered Canadian charity, established in 1994, focused on improving the performance of charitable organizations by providing training and tools to enhance the governance of charitable boards and thereby increasing their capacity to give more to their causes. The Altruvest vision includes establishing Altruvest as a Foundation in over 100 countries within next 20 years. As STS Capital Partners stands for Success to SignificanceTM: Rob loves to work with STS clients on their visions for establishing their own foundations – with the incremental capital created through STS advising on selling client businesses to international strategics for record multiples.
Rob is an enthusiastic skier and looks forward to skiing with you in Telluride.
CO-CHAIR: Dean Chudleigh
YPO Ontario - Gold
Dean, along with his family, own and operate an entertainment farm and state of the art commercial baking operation from Milton Ontario.
In the past 25 years, the operation has expanded from 5 employees and local deliveries to a full scale operation with a staff of 250 that produce 300,000 servings of dessert every day for 6+ countries around the world.
Dean and his wife Lydia are proud parents of 2 YNG’rs Neil and Joel.
After family, Dean’s passions are skiing and flying (helicopter).