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About Us

Patience and Control

Patience and Control

Our company name, RuahTAO, comes from ruah, a Hebrew word that means spirit, or an attitude marked by enthusiasm, energy, and courage. And the word TAO, the code of behavior that is in harmony with the natural order. RuahTAO reminds us of our imperative that we and our Associates must serve our clients with imagination, vigor, clear eyes, and a ferocious devotion to high ethical standards.

Principals

Ophilino daCosta

Ophilino daCosta

Managing Director

Ophilino daCosta is the Managing Director and the General Partner for RuahTAO, with over 20 years of experience in investments and industry development; including structured financing, M&A, strategic planning, business development, and international growth into new markets, involving both multi-nationals and start-up organizations. He has established trusted advisor relationships with senior executives in North America, LATAM and EMEA. This status was achieved by identifying and connecting companies with technology, business and financial process innovation to help clients’ increase productivity and growth, create new revenue streams, and drive industry-leading change. In his roles as Senior Vice President of Business/Corporate Development, International Legal Counsel and business strategy consulting prior to establishing RuahTAO, he led strategic alliances, venture investments, M&A activities and innovative solutions that scaled business models using financial and business processes. Mr. daCosta holds Joint MBA & JD degrees. ophilino@ruahtao.com

Jan Aage Røtnes

Jan Aage Røtnes

Director

After a rich career with senior management positions at international companies including IBM, Xerox, and Gartner, and Norwegian companies including Office Line, Software Innovation, and Hartmark Consulting, Jan Aage Røtnes is today a Norway-based executive who focuses on serving as a turnaround expert and interim manager. He serves as Business Development Manager of Posicom AS and Business Accelerator at Mektron Robotics AS. He serves on the board of Justice for Martine. In his family’s business, Relator AS, he provides advisory, interim management, and speaking engagements on an international basis. Røtnes´s career includes business experience in many countries, several industries and business cultures, and in different capacities, although mainly on senior-management levels. His approach involves dedicated, to-the-point analyses and business execution, and speed of operation is his trademark. Røtnes has been on the board of directors for several companies in several countries and have thus experienced variations of corporate law and governance. He is also a journalist, a member of the International Federation of Journalists, and a Member of the Royal Society of Medicine in London. Røtnes’s specialties include change management, international business, sales and sales management, organizational structures, corporate culture, CRM, and enterprise social technology. He is affiliated with Scott Klososky’s Future Point of View Institute. Jan Aage Røtnes resides in Oslo, Norway, with his wife and considers himself as a “Global Citizen with a Norwegian Passport.” He further dedicates time and energy as a Red Cross volunteer. jaa@relator.no

Peter Preksto

Peter Preksto

Director

Peter Preksto is a seasoned executive with a long career in technology management and business development. He was an early innovator of demand-publishing systems. He served as Division Vice President for Coral Gables-based, publicly traded BLOC Development, building the F3 Forms Automation System. Preksto co-founded and served as president of Seattle-based Numinous Technologies, Inc., a company that licensed software inventions developed by graduate students, productized them, and then re-licensed the finished products to others. He was a co-founder and president of privately held Balize, Inc., an online community-software company located in Fort Lauderdale. For several years, he has served as a marketing strategist and change-management consultant for technology and engineering companies in the United States and Norway. He is a co-founder of the security firm, Praxis. He served as a director of Vector Air, Inc. a value-added reseller of defense-grade situational-awareness systems used by municipalities and states. peter@ruahtao.com


Andrew Carnegie

No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit.


Industry Advisors

We are proud of our extensive network of brilliant, experienced, highly capable colleagues. As your engagement requires, we invite one or more of them to join our team for the duration.
Lee Gopadze

Lee Gopadze

Industry Expert

Lee Gopadze co-founded telecommunications consulting firm Broadband Initiatives in 2001. He has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at Proxim Wireless Corporation since January 25, 2011, and now serves as its Non-Executive Chairman. Lee previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Branded Services at Covad Communications Group Inc. He also held similar positions with Covad’s Branded Business and Wireless Divisions. Lee also served as the Chief Executive Officer at SkyRiver Communications Inc. until May 2002. Lee has over 30 years in wireless management roles, having held executive positions in marketing, sales, and operations for such notable wireless pioneers as AirTouch Communications, Metromedia Telecommunications and Southwestern Bell’s wireless divisions. Most recently, Lee held the positions of Senior Vice President of network operations and Senior Vice President for corporate planning and development at Metricom, where he handled market planning as well as site acquisition and deployment of over 1900 sites in more than 20 markets nationwide for the Ricochet IP network. He also serves as a Director at Proxim Wireless Corporation. Lee holds a BA from UCLA and an MA in International Business Administration from USC.
William M. Ojile, Jr., Esq.

William M. Ojile, Jr., Esq.

Industry Advisor & Counsel

William Ojile has 17 years’ experience working on legal, regulatory, and government affairs issues impacting the telecommunications industry. While at U S WEST from 1989 to 2000, he represented the company on important matters before state regulatory bodies and served as Regional Executive Director – Public Policy overseeing regulatory and government affairs issues for four states. From 2000 to 2006, Ojile was Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary for Valor Telecommunications in Irving, Texas, where he led the Company’s legal, regulatory, government affairs, human resources, and corporate communications functions. Since closing the spin-merger transaction in 2006 where the wireline assets of Alltel were spun off into a separate company and then merged with Valor to form Windstream Communications, Ojile has been Chief Legal & Administrative Officer for Alta Colleges, Inc. in Denver, Colorado. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and his law degree from the University of Nebraska College Of Law.

Baya OScolai, Ph.D.

Baya OScolai, Ph.D.

Industry Advisor

Dr. OScolai is a proven leader in wireless engineering, technology, and R&D functions, with core competencies in management across virtually all functions, setting technology direction and product development. Her background includes leading transformations in start ups as well as managing mature businesses. She has an international reputation for transforming complex situations into key actionable elements and forming and leading a team through effective execution. She possesses a keen sense for customer needs and market dynamics and has extensive experience managing P&Ls. Dr. OScolai has a strong ability to think strategically while understanding the details and intervening as necessary. She relates well across all levels of an organization as well as externally.  Dr. OScolai’s specialties include general and strategic management of business, finance, and technology; wireless technology expert, RF engineering expert; product development, leadership and mentoring; strategic business development and execution worldwide.