As founder and president of iPoint Capital Partners, a Panama-based asset management and venture capital firm, Hilt Tatum IV has pursued business opportunities in over 60 countries around the world. In addition to completing international business studies at the University of Montana and the French Institute for American Universities, Hilt Tatum IV has pursued private equity master classes at the London Business School, and received a postgraduate diploma in global business from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School.
A master's-level executive education program, Oxford's diploma in global business is aimed at experienced business leaders looking to grow their skills and knowledge on an international scale. The curriculum introduces students to challenges specifically related to global business, covering such areas as international strategy, risk, corporate diplomacy, effective reputation-building, and emerging markets.
Designed to prepare students for senior management positions at international firms, the program focuses on practical knowledge directly relevant to effective business leadership and imparts information valuable to both commercial and public sector executives. Its part-time configuration allows professionals to uphold concurrent responsibilities while expanding their business acumen. Program participants benefit not only from the expertise of Oxford’s world-class faculty, but also from a vast student network of up-and-coming global executives.
Hilt Tatum IV founded iPoint Capital Partners in 2006. Guiding the firm as partner and president, Hilt Tatum IV oversees the firm’s diverse array of interests, which include investment portfolios, private equity, and venture capital services.
Entrepreneurs overflow with ideas but often come up short on the capital needed to get their ideas off the ground. Venture capital is a form of financing that covers some or all of the funding needed by entrepreneurs. Typically, start-up businesses turn to venture capitalists when they cannot secure funding through traditional channels, which tend to service established individuals and companies.
Indeed, venture capital differs from traditional funding channels in virtually every way. Rather than covering debt, safe bets, and established companies, venture capitalists help new companies with the potential for growth by providing equity capital and taking greater risks in exchange for greater potential. Venture capital is an active rather than passive source of funding because capitalists grant capital in an effort to add to or create value in a new company.
New entrepreneurs interested in venture capital should expect to go through more or less the same process each time they meet with an investor. Submit a business plan that addresses critical areas such as the target industry and the demographics of the potential customer base. Next, prepare for the capitalist to perform due diligence, which entails researching the company’s management team and business plan in greater detail.
An entrepreneur, Hilt Tatum IV earned a postgraduate degree from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. Hilt Tatum IV is the president of and a partner in iPoint Capital Partners, a firm focused on providing services ranging from venture capital to alternative investment portfolios.
Like the weather, the market can fluctuate without warning, adding large degrees of risk and uncertainty to most traditional investments. Alternative investments attempt to mitigate risk in the traditional market. Markets have a tendency to fluctuate without warning, causing investors to panic and sell off stock, which only causes the market to decline even further.
However, alternative investments such as private equity do not necessarily correlate to market fluctuations. Furthermore, many alternative investments come with long lock-up periods during which investors cannot jettison them. This forces investors to ride out storms.
Certain tax benefits derive from some long-term alternative investments. One of the most attractive is that long-term capital gains taxes are lower than taxes earned on short-term investments, again speaking to the advantage of waiting rather than turning over several short-term opportunities in rapid succession and incurring larger transaction costs.
With expertise in private equity and group venture capital investments, Hilt Tatum IV has capitalized on business opportunities around the world as the president and CEO of iPoint Capital Partners, based in Panama. Hilt Tatum IV’s business ventures have led him to become a director and shareholder of Arcadier, a firm that delivers technology platforms for partners seeking to launch online marketplaces.
According to an article on Enterprise Innovation, Arcardier was recently contracted by Panama-based Canalzon to develop an e-trading platform that could be Central America’s most substantial online marketplace. Canalzon expects to carry more than 50,000 products from at least 100 branded merchants within a few months and expand to new markets with more than 1 million products by 2016.
For Arcardier, which is known for its rapid development and cost efficiency, Central and Latin America represent a sizeable market with untapped potential. Hilt Tatum IV noted that the Latin American market is forecasted to expand from 330 million Internet users to approximately 380 million users within three years. In the article, Tatum also stated that the growth of e-commerce in Central and Latin America has been facilitated by improved technology infrastructure and modified legislation that encourages Internet entrepreneurship.
Over the course of his career as a financial executive, Hilt Tatum IV has emerged as an industry leader in asset management. In addition to his work as the president and CEO of iPoint Capital Partners in Panama, Hilt Tatum IV regularly contributes to Save the Children, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing valuable services to underprivileged children around the globe.
Through its child sponsorship program, Save the Children enables individual donors to financially support a child in the U.S. or another country. Sponsors get to choose a specific child and to receive a photo and to read his or her story. Their donations improve that child’s access to early childhood care and development, which provides a solid foundation for the child’s future health and happiness.
Sponsorship also contributes to the cost of basic education, as well as school health and nutrition to supplement the learning experience. Other areas covered by child sponsorship include adolescent development and innovative intervention programs. Children are encouraged to communicate with their sponsors and to relate how the program has changed their lives, and sponsors are encouraged to tell the children about themselves and their lives as well.
To learn more about child sponsorship opportunities through Save the Children, visit the official website at www.savethechildren.org.
Hilt Tatum IV leverages expertise in group investments to serve as the founder and CEO of Panama-based iPoint Capital Partners. To give back to the community, Hilt Tatum IV also contributes to philanthropic groups like Save the Children.
Save the Children recently stated that it and UNICEF will receive $11.9 million from the IKEA Foundation to support educational projects for children living in poverty around the world. The funds will be used to enhance child-protection methods, train teachers, deliver learning materials, and foster school attendance.
For more than 10 years, IKEA customers and employees have contributed to the annual IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign, which donates one euro for each children’s book and soft toy the company sells. The 2014 donations will fund UNICEF and Save the Children education programs in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Since it was founded, the IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign has raised $102 million and enriched educational opportunities for more than 11 million children throughout 46 countries.
Based in Panama City, Panama, Hilt Tatum IV is a founding partner and CEO of iPoint Capital Partners and serves as the chairman of the Oxford Consulting Group. Financier and entrepreneur Hilt Tatum IV attended the Said Business School at Oxford University, where he received a postgraduate degree in global business. Although his obligations to work and family keep him busy, Hilt Tatum still finds ways to contribute to charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross is devoted to alleviating human suffering and providing aid to those in need, particularly due to war and natural disaster. The organization plays a prominent role in relief programs for emergencies like home fires, weather-related disasters, and rescue missions. Those who work with the Red Cross can take several training courses to fully prepare for rescue and relief efforts, including the organization's disaster-training program. After completing the course, participants receive certification verifying their readiness to respond to disasters.
Other categories of training prepare volunteers to respond to problems like post-disaster mental health, in which credentialed responders provide mental health services to people suffering from the trauma of a disaster. Nursing students can also take courses on the Web on topics such as tending to public health and providing shelter for victims in times of disaster or epidemic. First responders train with the Red Cross in order to coordinate their activities with other agencies and provide efficient, thorough services in their communities should disaster strike. For more information about the organization, visit www.redcross.org.
Hilt Tatum IV, president and CEO of iPoint Capital Partners in Panama City, Panama, has been involved in the strategic investment of private equity for nearly a decade. A longtime supporter of Save the Children, Hilt Tatum IV lends his help to the organization’s international efforts to assist areas affected by disasters and war.
Since the initial outbreak of Ebola throughout West Africa--the largest and most serious since the discovery of the disease in 1976--Save the Children has maintained a presence in the most heavily affected areas. To date, the disease has claimed more than 5,000 lives with a 70% mortality rate, crippling several healthcare facilities and leaving countless families with little support.
As part of its most recent efforts to combat the stigma of Ebola illness and provide a basic level of triage and care, Save the Children unveiled its first Community Care Center (CCC) in Liberia--the first of ten facilities planned for construction. Designed as a community-based approach to providing rapid treatment and screenings for Ebola Treatment Units, the CCC is part of a national effort to aid ravaged communities and reopen healthcare centers. To join Save the Children’s efforts against Ebola, visit www.savethechildren.net/ebola/fundraising.
As president and CEO of iPoint Capital Partners in Panama City, Hilt Tatum IV closely follows economic trends in Panama. Hilt Tatum IV has served in this position for more than eight years, during which time he has established a presence for the group across Central and South America as well as in Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.
As the expansion of the Panama canal continues, authorities have begun to speculate that the country's economy may expand by up to 7 percent each year for the coming five years. Experts attribute this growth largely to the influx of trading companies from North America, Europe, and Asia, who see the larger capacity for the canal as an opportunity to establish new trade routes. The newly expanded canal, doubled in capacity, will be able to carry vessels of up to 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU's), as compared to its current capacity for 5,000 TEU vessels.
Along with its anticipated availability for larger loads, the expansion of the canal also has already made Panama the fastest-growing economy in Latin America. Thus far, the financial services and real estate sectors have driven much of this growth, but experts anticipate a surge in the logistics industry when the new canal locks become operational in 2016. Construction, mining, and quarrying have expanded by more than 11 percent in the second quarter of 2014, while fishing grew by an unexpectedly high 50 percent. Predictions for late 2014 data and upcoming 2015 activity currently hover around 6.5 percent.
Hilt Tatum IV is president and a partner of iPoint Capital Partners, a private equity and asset management firm whose service procedures are rooted in the Swiss banking industry. He supports a number of charities and organizations that include the American Red Cross. With support from people like Hilt Tatum IV, the Red Cross works to support families, provide disaster response, and promote health and safety services.
An increase in the popularity of extreme shallow attractions at waterparks identified by Red Cross Aquatics Product Development staff prompted the proposal of new safety and lifeguard training initiatives specific to extreme shallow water. In October 2014, the Red Cross announced the implementation of two new water safety programs and a new lifeguard certification for extreme shallow water. Characterized by waters three feet deep or less, extreme shallow water attractions include winding rivers, catch pools, slide runouts, and water play areas.
Beginning January 2015, the Red Cross will offer the 22.5-hour Aquatic Attraction Lifeguarding course. It includes skill training for shallow waters specific to the course and first aid training that emphasizes caring for neck, head, and spinal injuries common to extreme shallow water accidents. In order to negate the need for participants to take additional modules, the course also offers all content from the original Waterpark Skills module.
The second program launched by the Red Cross to address extreme shallow water safety involves an add-on package to the organization’s existing Aquatic Examiner Service (AES) program called the Explorer. A program unique to the Red Cross, the AES provides assessment and assistance to aquatic facilities regarding Red Cross lifeguarding standards and emergency procedure preparedness. The Explorer package implements a simplified, one-time operational assessment wherein facilities and staff are observed by an examiner during an in-person visit. At the end of the visit, examiners provide immediate assessment results and recommendations for improvement.
For more information, visit the Red Cross press release at RedCross.org/news/press-release/Red-Cross-Designates-New-Professional-Lifeguard-Certification-for-Extreme-Shallow-Water. In order to register for water safety and lifeguarding classes in a particular state, visit RedCross.org/take-a-class.
Hilt Tatum is CEO of Oxford Consulting Group - International business consulting