Originally from Canada, Gavin spent the first 5 years of his career working in venture capital and then became an entrepreneur. Most recently, he launched Automated Shading, a motorized window shade company which has grown to become the nation’s largest network of independent automatic shade providers. Additional ventures have involved industries ranging from real estate and consumer finance to health & wellness and home safety products. Throughout his career, Gavin has worked in schools, community centers and prisons teaching entrepreneurship to all age groups. He has also helped communities to develop and launch successful for profit initiatives that leverage the resources and skills of the community population. Gavin is thrilled that his wife, Leslie and their two adorable children will be joining him on this adventure. This will be their first time back to Rwanda since their adoption in 2005. Gavin has a BA from Harvard University, an MBA from UCLA and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
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