Why We Do What We Do
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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
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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 LLC, 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, strategy, 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