Mr. Babb is one of the main architects behind the General Partner’s philosophy at Osceola and has successfully implemented this strategy in Florida Energy Capital, LLC, Osceola Capital Holdings, LLLP, Osceola Capital Holdings II, LLLP and other isolated investments over the last decade. As one of the Managing Partners of Osceola, Mr. Babb is focused on portfolio management and value creation efforts within Osceola’s portfolio companies.
Prior to Osceola, Mr. Babb was the President and CEO of Academic Financial Solutions, LLC (AFS) which he founded in 2003. Over the next five years, AFS grew to become one of the largest student loan lenders in the United States. In 2007, Mr. Babb led AFS through an acquisition with Frontenac Company, a prominent private equity firm out of Chicago. He remained as President and CEO until being named the President of all Thomas Family Holdings, an organization with extensive corporate and real estate holdings throughout the United States.
Mr. Babb serves on the boards of Crystal Springs Foundation, Inc., Florida Biomass Energy, LLC and CMS Industrial Technologies, LLC. He was also appointed by Governor Rick Scott to serve on the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District for which he was recently elected Chairman.
Mr. Babb is active in his community, also serving on the boards of Tampa Bay Lowry Park Zoo, Florida Aquarium, and as Chairman of the Tampa Bay Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Mr. Babb graduated with honors with a B.S.B.A. from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond and holds an M.B.A. from the Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida.