JAY CALHOUN 

Jay Calhoun is Managing Partner of Apis Holdings. Prior to founding Apis, Jay oversaw strategic investments and built an entrepreneur-driven, buy-and-hold portfolio of successful private companies for the largest tribal nation in the United States. Jay also serves as a director for Enhatch, Inc., an AI-driven intelligent surgery SaaS-based technology company, an independent director for Twelve Clans, Inc., a domestic sovereign wealth fund, and an independent director for F.A.C.T. Inc., a SaaS-based finance and risk management technology company. Jay also serves or has served in various leadership capacities on several civic and community boards, including the Henry Zarrow International School Foundation, i2E, Junior Achievement, 36 Degrees North, Tulsa Innovation Labs, the Oklahoma Venture Resource Council, New Mexico Community Capital, and the Michael F. Price College of Business. Jay earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he was a Toigo and Consortium Fellow.

 

ROBERT THOMAS, CFA

Robert Thomas is a Partner at Apis Holdings and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF), where he is responsible for the financial administration and management of GKFF’s investment portfolio. Before joining the Foundation, he was a portfolio manager for the Bill Gates investment office. The Gates office invests the personal assets of Mr. Gates as well as the assets of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Robert is currently the board chair for both City Year Tulsa and Undercroft Montessori School. Originally from Washington state, Robert earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College magna cum laude and is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) charterholder.

 

REID SPEARS, CFA

Reid Spears is a Partner at Apis Holdings and Investment Officer at the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF), where he works on the Foundation's investment portfolio and assists in various philanthropic focus areas. Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Spears spent a year volunteering at an orphanage in South Africa, where he became interested in promoting early childhood education and strong family initiatives. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and the program of liberal studies. Reid is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

 

PHILIP BUTLER

Philip Butler is a Venture Partner at Apis Holdings, and currently serves in an Executive in Residence (EIR) capacity at Decooda, an Apis portfolio company. Prior to Apis, Philip was an Associate with LLR Partners, a middle market private equity firm, where he specialized in healthcare technology services and software. He previously held positions with Carestream Health, where he helped lead the carve-out and management of a $100M dental SaaS platform, and in investment banking. Originally from Atlanta, Philip is graduate of Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics (with Honors), and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Master of Business Administration, where he was a Toigo Fellow.