John T. Fitzgerald
John T. Fitzgerald has extensive experience acquiring and operating middle-market companies. JT is a former search funder and is the founder of Argo Management Group, a private investment firm that has acquired or made direct investments and follow-on acquisitions in dozens of operating companies utilizing the Search Fund model. Mr. Fitzgerald is President, CEO and Director of Kingsway Financial Services Inc. (NYSE: KFS) and serves on the board of directors of Atlas Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AFH), and Itasca Capital Ltd. (TSXV: ICL).
Prior to Argo, Mr. Fitzgerald was co-founder and managing director of Adirondack Capital, LLC, a financial futures and derivatives trading firm. He was formerly a member and Full seat owner on the Chicago Board of Trade.
JT has been invited to speak on multiple occasions at the Kellogg School of Management on the topic of Search Funds and acquiring and operating middle-market businesses. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and also enjoys skiing, cycling, and fly-fishing.
Mr. Fitzgerald is an MBA graduate of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University with concentrations in Finance, Accounting, and Management Strategy. He holds a BS, finance, from DePaul University with highest honor, Beta Gamma Sigma.
Sam Duprey is a Principal at Argo Management Group. Sam brings many years of experience across all facets of a transaction and management of a company from sourcing investment opportunities through working collaboratively with management teams and board members post-transaction to build and grow businesses. Prior to joining Argo, Sam worked at Deloitte Consulting helping managment teams achieve their goals, and at Growth Equity Capital Partners in deal sourcing and investment evaluation. Sam was also previously the Controller of a consumer products company.
Mr. Duprey is an MBA Graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds a BA from Yale University.
Sajjad Baqar is an associate at Argo Management Group. Sajjad brings significant reporting, financial analysis and investment due-diligence experience to the team. Prior to joining Kingsway, Sajjad worked as a fund administrator at Citco Fund Services, a Canadian based financial services firm providing a variety of financial services to private equity and hedge funds.
Mr. Baqar holds a bachelor degree from Monmouth College with concentration in economics and business administration.