Management Team

Ilja Troitschanski

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Troitschanski is the President and CEO of Axis Auto Finance, a company he founded in 2012. Prior to Axis, Mr. Troitschanski was a founder and president of Kingsmill Capital Partners Inc., a financial consulting firm based in Toronto specializing in advising private and early-stage public companies. Since it was founded in 2005, Kingsmill has raised its clients close to $60M in equity capital in addition to developing and executing public market strategies and sourcing strategic growth opportunities. Mr. Troitschanski has been involved in the management of several companies funded by Kingsmill Capital, including as CFO of Innovative Composites International Inc. from 2008 to 2012 and VP Business Development of Bio-Exx Inc., from 2005 to 2007. He was director, founder and officer of five publicly traded Capital Pool Companies on the TSX Venture exchange, all of which have completed their Qualifying Transactions. Mr. Troitschanski received a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Heidelberg, Germany in 1999.

Richard Lloyd

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lloyd brings over 20 years of finance and operations experience to Axis Auto Finance. He spent 7 years as Director of Operations and Finance at Travelers Leasing Corporation (acquired by Bank of Nova Scotia in 2007 and re-branded as Scotia Dealer Advantage). At Travelers (and later at Scotia Dealer Advantage), Mr. Lloyd led the development and build out of the operations team that grew the business from a mid-size regional lender to one of the largest near-prime lenders in Canada. As part of the Travelers leadership team, Mr. Lloyd played an integral part in expanding the business to a nation-wide foot print and completing several acquisitions. Mr. Lloyd holds Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Business Valuator designations.

Natalia Stepanova

CFA, MBA, CPA (in progress) - VP Finance

Prior to joining Axis, Ms. Stepanova spent 5 years as Group Financial Controller at Innovative Composites Inc., a publicly traded technology company listed on the TSX Venture exchange. At Innovative Ms. Stepanova designed and implemented the system of internal controls and accounting policies required for financial reporting for 4 newly merged public and private entities based in Canada & US. Ms. Stepanova headed 5 annual audits and assisted on equity financings of $20 million and convertible debentures of over $5 million. Before joining Innovative, Ms. Stepanova was employed by Dynamotive Energy Systems, a Vancouver based public company. At Dynamotive, Ms. Stepanova assisted the CEO and CFO in project debt and equity financing of over US$40 million, for several newly identified international project opportunities. Ms. Stepanova obtained her MBA from the University of British Columbia, she is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Professional Accountant candidate in progress.

Shaun Stergios

VP Portfolio Management

Mr. Stergios joined Axis in 2017, having had 15 years of non-prime auto finance operations experience. Prior to joining Axis, Mr. Stergios spend 9 years with VFC Inc. in various portfolio management related roles, including heading up the retention and recovery department responsible for the Canadian market. During Mr. Stergios tenure, VFC Inc. was acquired by TD Bank and renamed TD Auto Finance. Mr. Stergios holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law from Carlton University.

Rhiaz Hussain

VP Sales

Prior to joining Axis, Mr. Hussain held the positions of Business Manager at Trend Financial Corporation, a direct competitor to Axis. Mr. Hussain was one of the top business managers at Trend whose responsibilities included the structuring of non-prime deals with clients and dealers to fit the credit approval criteria of the lender. During their time at Trend Mr. Hussain closed over 1,000 sub-prime auto deals. Mr. Hussain has an extensive network of close relationships with used car dealers.

Ned Milouchev

VP Business Development

Mr. Milouchev brings 15 years of experience and an intimate knowledge of the used car finance industry to Axis. His career in specialty used car finance included senior roles with FIS lender solutions and TREND Financial, a direct competitor to Axis. At TREND, and now at Axis, he built and maintained relationships with a wide network of used car dealerships. Mr. Milouchev holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialty in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Toronto.

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