Jan R.

Summary

We have over 25 years experience in finance, restaurant management, hospitality, staff management, photography, African safaris and tourism.
I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and my wife (Jacynth) has an Honours Degree in Environmental Management and Sustainable Development. We have a passion for the African bush and have spent 10 years photographing African from the Air and from the ground (www.skyhawkphotography.com).

We have been involved in various business ventures, some very successful and some not successful, the path of many entrepreneurs. From listing our property development company Calgro M3, in 2007 on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange to selling our restaurant businesses in 2017/2018 due to financial constraints. We have managed our own staff for the past 15 years as business owners and have gained extensive practical experience in both business management and staff management.

However, our true passion is the African bush. In 2017, we made a life changing decision to dedicate our life to the African bush. Our first option has always been to own our own lodge but financially it has not been a possibility. As such we have decided to search for an upmarket privately-owned lodge that is looking for a couple to manage it. We don’t want to be part of a bigger corporate group but rather commit our time and effort to a private family owned lodge where our efforts can be focused on making the lodge the best in the industry. We deeply respect the efforts all entrepreneurs go through in owning a business and will treat your lodge and staff as if it is our own.

Experience

CEO
Happyme Pty Ltd
South Africa
July-2013 - December-2018

Started my own chain of restaurants in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. At its peak we had 22 restaurants managing nearly 200 staff members.

CEO
Skyhawk Photography
South Africa
September-2010 - June-2013

I qualified as a pilot and decided to take a few years off, pursuing a long time passion of photographing Africa from the air with my wife. We flew over 100,000 nautical miles photographing the beauty of Africa from the air. We were published in various local and international magazines (Geo Magazine, Discovery, Getaway etc)

Project Director
Calgro M3 Ltd
South Africa
July-2004 - August-2010

Project and Marketing director for property development companies, Calprop Pty Ltd and Calgro M3 Ltd. Listed the company (of which i was a co-founder) in 2007 on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. I was in charge of projects to the value of R2 billion.

Project Manager
The IQ Business Group
South Africa
January-2001 - June-2004

Head hunted by international consulting firm, The IQ Business Group, as Senior project manager. In 2002 I was promoted to Chief Financial Officer of The IQ Business Group’s International operations located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. I was appointed on IQ’s Executive Committee to oversee the company’s local and international strategy

CFO
Calgro Pty Ltd
South Africa
June-2000 - December-2000

Finance
Project Management

CEO
Cybervine Technologies
South Africa
January-1999 - May-2000

Started my own company specializing in software development for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and cellular mobile providers in South Africa. First company in Africa to link the stock exchange with your mobile device. Company was sold to a listed company.

Audit Manager
Arthur Andersen
South Africa
January-1996 - December-1998

Audit Manager for various clients. Arthur Andersen at that stage was the biggest international auditing firm.

Education

Accounting
RAU
South Africa
January-1991 - December-1995

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant