Nima Taghavi Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of bkm Capital Partners. He brings more than 30 years of experience in business development and enterprise strategy, including 24 years of real estate acquisition, development, repositioning, portfolio management and disposition. Taghavi’s strategic partnership with Brian Malliet began 10 years ago through BKM Development Company. Their successful partnership is based on trust, transparency, mutual respect, and friendship.
Taghavi also serves as the Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Niru Group and directs the group’s investment strategy and execution. The Niru Group is a private investment management firm focused on opportunistic direct investment into real estate, private businesses, and philanthropic organizations. The formation of The Niru Group has allowed Taghavi to leverage his 35 years of experience as a successful executive, manager and entrepreneur and apply it across a variety of businesses where he has a proven track record for identifying market niches and maximizing business opportunities.
The Niru Group strategically focuses on direct investment into companies with clearly defined business goals, a competitive advantage, and a superior management team to help the firm realize its potential value. Private equity is targeted at middle-market companies in the real estate, interactive entertainment, consumer electronics, technology, communications, media, packaged goods, toys, automotive, e-commerce and logistics businesses industries.
Under the Niru Group of Companies, Taghavi created The Nima Taghavi Foundation in 2005. The foundation’s focus is to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children around the world and support thought leaders who positively impact our world. Organizations supported by the Nima Taghavi Foundation include the William J Clinton Foundation, Miracle for Kids, Miracle Ranch Children’s Home, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Child Abuse Prevention Center of OC, Sick Kids Foundation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hope, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and the International Orphanage Relief Society.
In 2009, Taghavi founded Solutions 2 GO, USA in response to the evolving needs of the U.S. video game marketplace. Expanding from its operations in Canada, Solutions 2 GO USA is a specialized distributor of video game hardware, software, and accessories. Its major suppliers include Sony PlayStation, Activision and Nintendo, and its major clients include Wal-Mart, Kmart, Costco and Target.
In 2004, Taghavi was one of the original investors and partners of Solutions 2 GO, Inc. Canada. The company has become the largest distributor of video games in North America with numerous awards, including Deloitte and Touche’s Top 50 Best Managed Companies, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and one of Profit Magazine’s Canada’s top Emerging Growth Companies. With the help of strategic capital alliances with Wells Fargo and Bank of America, Solutions 2 GO companies (U.S. and Canada) currently produce annual revenues approaching $1 billion.
In 1997, Taghavi founded and became CEO of Crave Entertainment Inc., a video game publishing firm dedicated to developing and marketing console video games distributed through its sister company, SVG Distribution Inc. Both companies became subsidiaries of the Crave Entertainment Group, which eventually grew to be the largest privately held video game distribution and publishing company in the United States. In 2005, Taghavi sold the company to The Handleman Company and stayed on as CEO to help with the transition until 2006.
In 1979, Taghavi entered the video game business with his original venture, Star Video Games (ultimately known as SVG Distribution), which he ultimately transformed into Crave Entertainment Group in 1997. Built from a start-up, Star Video Games was born out of Taghavi’s budding passion for entrepreneurship at the age of nine when he began selling video games at weekend swap meets. SVG Distribution is a distributor of video game consoles and games, which now includes e-fulfillment of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo products among others.