Accelerator Strategies Inc. 
About Us

How We Help Companies Accelerate Their Success 
 
Accelerator Strategies Inc.
counsels company leadership on proven strategies to present their success:  the right positioning to investors, lenders, potential strategic partners and investment bankers.  We work with enterprises well before they approach partners, lenders and investment banks to explore an investment, loan, monetization or IPO and assist them in navigating this often confusing road, including ensuring that internal reporting, operations and management are coordinated to cross the finish line together and earn optimal valuations and investment.

Post private equity investment or IPO, we advise management on specific strategies, and work with them to implement tactical plans, to retain investor support for their companies.  For public and private companies alike, we provide M & A advisory services:  from supporting management in negotiating and structuring acquisitions or mergers to leading due diligence and pre/post closing integration teams and processes. 


George Horhota, J.D., ICD.D, President


George founded Accelerator Strategies Inc. to share his public and private company C-suite and start-up leadership experience.  He is a Senior Industry Advisor to the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development’s TurnAround Management Program.

He was the Chief Financial Officer of Canadian TSX-listed ACC TelEnterprises Ltd., a tenacious telecom competitor to incumbent telephone companies and Vice-President Corporate Development, N.A. of its NASDAQ-listed parent ACC Corp. 

Small cap ACC Tel (revenues of $170 million), stumbled shortly after its IPO, seeing its share price plumet to almost one-quarter of the issue price.  George was then recruited from the Royal Bank of Canada by ACC's new and dynamic CEO.  They worked together to successfully reposition the company in the market, restore its credibility and improve its share performance.   

After George deployed his value accelerating strategy, ACC Tel won the confidence of previously skeptical equity analysts to issue 'strong buy' reports & upgraded target prices, attracted new institutional investors & increased trading volumes, resulting in the stock appreciating from $5.50 to $21.50 within seven months after he became ACC's CFO (ACC earned the position as top 10 performing TSX small cap stocks for 1996 before being taken private). George also attracted a top tier Canadian bank, committing $20 million to a new $100 million (U.S.)  ACC Corp. syndicated credit facility.

George was responsible for ACC's M & A, assessing over a dozen potential transactions and bringing $90 million in deals across the finish line.  
ACC Tel, controlled by NASDAQ-traded parent ACC Corp., was taken private by its parent for $21.50 per share; both were subsequently acquired by Teleport Communications for U.S. $1 billion; in turn Teleport was purchased by AT&T Corp.  

George Horhota was founding President & CEO of BrightLane Inc. which, with 230+ entrepreneur Members/customers, is Toronto's largest coworking centre. He led BrightLane's design, branding and launch of a unique collaborative workplace achieving key occupancy and revenue targets ahead of plan and earning a 98% customer loyalty rating. George was previously co-founder of SuiteWorks Inc., a world leader in creating new collaborative work environments that support mobile professionals and their employers' BCP “people recovery” programs. He has served as President, Cannect Networks (telecom CLEC which attracted $168 million in capital).  Cannect filed a Preliminary Prospectus with the Ontario Securities Commission and closed a $30 million acquisition.  George was also President of the Canadian Business Telecommunications Alliance; Vice-President of BCE Emergis; and Senior Manager of the Royal Bank (for nearly a decade), where he led Corporate Banking’s $10 billion telecom, media, IT, publishing & entertainment lending portfolio and previously its Communications Policies & Strategic Opportunities group.  At RBC, he participated in more than two dozen M & A credit financings with a debt value of over $1 billion.

George is a corporate & communications lawyer, graduating from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law with a J.D.  He earned the ICD.D designation from Institute of Corporate Directors after completing its Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management.
 
Public Company Board Experience

WiLAN Inc. (2004 - 2006)

Founded in 1992, WiLAN is a leading technology innovation & licensing company with a market cap of $400 million. Its portfolio of inventions (represented by 1,100 issued & pending patents) applies to a wide range of consumer electronics & communications products. George was a director when the Board initiated a transformative strategic pivot - refocusing the company from manufacturing broadband radio equipment to becoming a premiere IP licensing enterprise.

Member - Board of Directors, Audit Committee & Compensation Committee
Chair - Compensation Committee



Private Company Board Experience

Community Trust Company (current) - Federally-regulated with $550 million in assets 

BrightLane Inc. - provides an inspiring workplace for up to 295 entrepreneurs.


Mercatus Technologies Inc. – leader in proprietary intelligent retail solutions

CCR Solutions Inc.
North American audio visual staging & event solutions
 
 
SuiteWorks Inc. - Outsourced workplaces for the mobile workforce

Cannect Networks Inc. (2 yrs) - Competitive Local Exchange Carrier - lead investors: Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts and Nortel Networks