When Results Matter
GUIDANCE AT ITS BEST
Why you need an advisor is the same reason why someone becomes one
There is a level of performance - a belief in something greater - that can only be unlocked with passion. This is as true in business as it is in athletics - Passion can't be faked. Passion is easy to recognize, hard to harness and a key ingredient for success. If you are passionate about improving yourself or your business, Rafti Advisors can help.
After accumulating a wealth of knowledge and experiences throughout a career, it would be a shame to park all of that value in the garage. For experience and knowledge to become wisdom - it must be shared - and that's what we do at Rafti Advisors.
Developing the expertise to provide prescient counsel requires timing, empathy and the ability to put advice into the proper context. There are many experienced entrepreneurs and advisors, but few have the skill to find the correct analogy or tell the perfect story at the exact right time. Expertise is the combination of experience and skill - Rafti Advisors brings profound expertise to the table.
A mentor was once asked, "How can I ever repay you for all you've done for me?" His response was the seminal inspiration for Rafti Advisors - "You could never repay me. I don't want you to repay me. When you have the opportunity to help someone as I have helped you... honor our friendship by helping them." Honor sparks courage, encourages selfless action, and inspires cultures that value a greater purpose.
Leadership is at the heart of any successful endeavor. Passion brings energy. Wisdom provides guidance. Expertise fosters action. Honor inspires culture. Leadership is the glue that that binds these elements into a vision that people understand, adopt and support. Leadership is not merely a means to align people, motivate action or achieve results; leadership, done well, breeds leaders and sustainable futures. At Rafti Advisors, we provide support for leaders, leadership when necessary and a deep respect for the importance of leadership in our companies, culture and daily lives.
How We Help
We support you, encourage you and guide you to be your best
President, Accelerated Ag Technologies
"I was in need of advice and guidance into most facets of the monumental task of starting my business. I came into contact with Jim at just the right time. He has helped to wisely guide my business. What I appreciate most is that he is not afraid to tell me the truth and reveal the hard things that we have to hear to be successful. Combined with the skills and experience he has from a career of building businesses - Jim an invaluable resource."
"It's lonely at the top, and a CEO often needs to seek outside advice along the way. Jim has been incredibly valuable in helping me sort through the surprises and challenges of business. I highly recommend Jim as he is the perfect blend of sales coach and business strategist, therapist and task-master."
Founder, Self Reliant Leadership, LLC
"We often talk about leading by example, and as a person of great character, Jim does this seemingly without effort. His integrity shows up in every conversation, action, and promise he makes, and he brings these behaviors out in others in the form of high performance. If leadership is getting people to do more than they thought they could, Jim is exemplary."
"Aside from being an entrepreneur's entrepreneur, Jim has a real passion for helping others. In the short time that I've known Jim, he has great insight and guidance and I have gotten a lot of value from his experience and his knowledge."
Executive Director at Bunker Labs, Chicago / Owner of Permanent Solutions Training
"Jim is a man who immediately takes action on his promises and has become someone I can count on at any time of day, and for any reason. One of the most valuable assets Jim brings to the table is his skillful ability to teach. Jim has consistently proven himself capable of confidently and competently delivering business acumen to those who need it. His humble approach, wealth of knowledge, and passionate demeanor make him contagious to be around, and easy to approach when plagued with critical issues."
Vice President of Sales - National Flooring Equipment, Inc.
"Jim's calm nature and self awareness are a blessing for executives who retain his services. His ability to listen, ask questions and offer ideas help spark new and exciting perspectives for any organization."
President & Owner, SpeedPro Chicago Loop
"Jim offered us the simple clarity and an executable plan we so desperately needed. Within a week of that first meeting, we had a renewed energy and began to see increased sales activity. We are greatly indebted to Jim for imparting his knowledge to us and can whole-heartedly recommend him without any reservation."
Founder, Path Consulting
"Jim's deep experience helped me quickly identify important trends and topics of focus that have made our organization more efficient and profitable. In many aspects, I owe my success to Jim. I can assure you that, if you hire Jim, he brings a wealth of experience and the ability to break down complex business processes into implementable functions."
Managing Partner, CoolMellon
"Jim has been a tremendous mentor and advisor to CoolMellon. As a startup, we face many obstacles and challenges, and Jim has provided great feedback and has served as a sounding board as we meet those challenges and obstacles. He gives us unfiltered feedback and actionable advice. Tremendous mentor."
Who We Are
Experience, wisdom and the ability to provide prescient counsel
Founder and CEO
Jim Vaselopulos is a C-level executive with a proven record as a rainmaker and new business development expert. With a reputation for principled leadership, strategic vision, and effective execution, Jim has built successful new enterprises and turned around underperforming organizations. Jim has been a consultant to many companies across nearly every industry. An entrepreneur at heart, Jim has started many companies, managed partnerships and participated in several well-orchestrated exits.
As the founder of Rafti Advisors, Inc., Jim helps early stage companies get off on the right foot, growth stage companies push through plateaus and mature companies with strategic shifts and complex challenges.
Jim is a sought after executive coach focusing on leadership, business development, effective communications and professional development. He is a frequent speaker on leadership, sales, professionalism, networking and innovation. Jim volunteers regularly with veterans groups and business incubators.
Jim is also co-host of The Leadership Podcast