|Andre Erasmus, Chairman/Trustee
Andre is a local businessman and one of the founding trustees (since 2002) of the Atlantis Dream Team. A keen supporter of community development and support, Andre took on the position of Chairman of the Dream Team to bolster the administrative aspects and assist with further fundraising.Andre is the founder of Erasmus Taxis.
|Maggie Vaas, Director
Maggie Vaas is the director of The Atlantis Dream Team, an outreach based NPO that attends to the social development needs of the Atlantis community. Maggie has been with the NPO for many years and under her supervision, it has grown and enjoyed the continuous support of the CWD and other benefactors like Caban Investments.She is a motivated community leader and businesswomen. Maggie’s love for her community is evident in her daily dedication to the organisation. Expansion plans for The Atlantis Dream Team, includes a youth centre and a crèche. By aligning their goals with a business like Qei Holdings, the Atlantis Dream Team is setting the trend for local economic development initiatives.
|Dave Romero, Trustee
B.Compt, Professional Accountant (SA)Dave qualified as a Professional Accountant (SA) in 1987. He Joined a Corporate Finance Company after qualifying where he got the first taste of Venture Capital. Dave became the Financial Director and later, the Managing Director of Equivest, a Venture Capital Group.
During 1991, Dave established his own Venture Capital Company which was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on the 25th of November 1997. REF Finance and Investment Corporation Ltd focussed on the ICT industry. Highlights of this company include being ranked 21st in a Business Times Top 100 Companies survey during 1998, ranked the 40th fastest growing company in South Africa, with investors receiving a 1,800% return over a five year period.
In 2012 Dave founded the Caban Group of Companies to help entrepreneurs succeed by providing a comprehensive service offering to small businesses as risk in return for equity. The success of this model lead to the founding of Caban Capital, the Group Holding company, in the UK through which the business model is being applied internationally.
Dave’s passion for developing entrepreneurs often takes him out of the boardroom and into the local communities where he can be found offering advice as well as creating innovative solutions to the funding requirements of public benefit organisations. He has over the course of his career helped hundreds of companies to get started.
Dave also serves on the boards of the following organisations:
Isaac Phooko, Trustee
Isaac has more than twenty years of experience in the piping construction industry, on mainly petro chemical plants, power stations as well as food processing plants.In 2008 he shifted focus to the solar energy developments in the Northern Cape as he shares the sentiments that “the global transformation to a clean-energy economy may be the greatest economic opportunity of the twenty-first century”. His current focus is on the storage of energy sourced from renewable energy sources.Isaac is passionate about community development, a passion that he lives through his involvement in the Atlantis Dream Team. Married with three children, Isaac is not just an entrepreneur but also an eternal student.