Oscar Hilt Tatum IV holds a postgraduate business degree from the University of Oxford’s Said Business School. Also the founder and lead partner at iPoint Capital Partners, Oscar Hilt Tatum IV steers the private equity firm in creating value in its portfolio companies.
Value is what attracts customers to a business and makes stakeholders eager to transact with a business. In many ways, therefore, value is not fixed or tangible but exists in the mindset of the client or stakeholder.
Businesses often seek an understanding of what value means to their customers, then strive to deliver it. Businesses can create value in three ways:
1) Create new value. This requires that a business break into a new sector. Businesses can create new value by going after a new market segment or tapping into a demand for a new product. For example, a business seeking to increase membership can create new value by opening a new category of membership to include vendors who sell in that industry.
2) Create more value. More value is created when the purchase price of a product or service is kept the same but more is delivered, when the purchase price is lowered but the same quality is delivered, or both. Here, the focus is on the quantity - such as added features in a phone or levels in a game.
3) Create better value. As the name implies, better value is based on pre-existing value. However, unlike more value, which focuses on increasing quantity, better value focuses on increasing quality. For example, journals create better value by launching an online forum to encourage discussion, and cleaning companies achieve this end by cleaning apartments beyond competitors’ standards, thus improving the quality of their service.
As founding partner and president of iPoint Capital Partners, Hilt Tatum IV oversees a Panama City, Panama-based investment and venture capital firm that operates in countries around the globe. Outside of the office, Hilt Tatum IV enjoys fishing and belongs to the International Game Fish Association, a group that supports anglers and works to conserve the world’s fisheries through various programs and activities.
The International Game Fish Association is currently accepting abstract submissions for the 6th International Billfish Symposium, which will be held September 14-17, 2016, at the IGFA’s headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida. First held in 1972, the International Billfish Symposium was launched to provide a forum to discuss billfish biology, research, and management.
This year, a multidisciplinary audience from around the world will attend the four-day event to exchange information in five topic areas: management, assessment, movement and habitat utilization, basic biology, and commercial and recreational fisheries. Outside of the learning activities and presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to unwind at several networking events, including daily socials and a farewell banquet.
Additional information, including registration details, can be found at www.bfsymposium.org.
Hilt Tatum IV is the founder, CEO, and president of iPoint Capital Partners, a Panama-based investment firm active in markets throughout Europe, Asia, South and Central America, and the Caribbean. Hilt Tatum IV directs the firm’s investments in the group private equity and venture capital spheres, focusing on a wide range of sectors including global real estate.
According to a report compiled by commercial real estate firm CBRE, the global real estate market is poised to receive a huge influx of investments in 2016. The 2016 edition of the company’s annual Global Investor Intentions Survey reveals that investors around the world plan to deploy approximately $1.16 trillion in real estate investments over the coming year. This would reflect a year-over-year capital flow increase ranging between 3 and 6 percent. Survey responses suggest that 30 percent of these property investments will occur in the office sector. Commercial retail comprises the second-most favored asset type, and industrial and logistics tied with multifamily properties for third place.
CBRE surveyed 1,250 of the world’s leading property investors to compile their 2016 projections. Of these respondents, 82 percent indicated that their real estate investment activity would either increase or stay the same compared to 2015. This is down slightly from 2015, when 86 percent of respondents planned to increase or stabilize their real estate investments, and from 2014, when 93 percent showed the same optimism. Rather than implying a change in the performance of the real estate market, this small decline likely reflects growing investor caution regarding pricing, interest rates, and equity volatility.
Based in Panama City, Panama, Hilt Tatum IV divides his time between responsibilities as chief executive officer and president of iPoint Capital Partners and his role as chairman of Oxford Consulting Group. An avid fisherman, Hilt Tatum IV holds membership with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).
A not-for-profit organization, IGFA and its members maintain a dedication to preserving the worldwide population of game fish by encouraging ethics-based fishing activity. In addition to keeping records of catches, the association facilitates conservation efforts through a number of educational opportunities, including the following:
School of Sportfishing
IGFA members can enroll in the Sportfishing School for $100 per class. Taught on-site at the association’s headquarters in Dania Beach, Florida, the school teaches its students about fishing topics ranging from how to catch large swordfish to cast netting practices.
Specially designed for children, the Junior Anglers program hosts a wide array of events to help the new generation of fishing enthusiasts learn about protecting the oceans. As such, IGFA invites its young members to participate in public fishing programs and fishing summer camps.
Training for Observers
This program provides IGFA members with a unique opportunity to train as a competition observer. During this half-day course, participants will learn the numerous angling rules that will help them uphold fair play during competition. Trainees also learn about such topics as how to identify billfish and boat safely.
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.
Hilt Tatum is CEO of Oxford Consulting Group - International business consulting