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Ep. 38 - Steve Rabago - CEO of & Owner of Large Art Studios (LAS)

Steve Rabago

Steve Rabago is a seasoned advisor, entrepreneur and professional CEO with over 40 years of experience in financial services, oil production, mobility, location technology, education and consulting. He brings a wealth of expertise with particular strengths in areas such as strategy, execution, leadership, turn around management, family offices, family owned business, audit committee, board governance, family boards, complex systems, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), initial public offerings (IPO), financial strategy and long term budgetary oversight, investment policy and strategy, capital allocation, equity financing, debt financing, and software licensing (domestic and international).  He has a deep understanding of fleet management, mobility, location services, fuel, oil production, loan management software, Software as a Service (SaaS), cloud computing, and lending, commercial banking and deposit gathering strategies.  Specialties: Start-ups, high growth company leadership and management, emerging trends, finance, acquisitions, due-diligence, international licensing, software licensing, branding and identity, union negotiations, non-profit leadership, debt-financing, and investment analysis.  Steve is also an accomplished stone sculptor and artist.

Currently Steve oversees a cloud-based loan and payment automation and management system called Zimple, Inc.  He started Zimple in 2008. is the automated back office for lenders (private and corporate) used to manage loan accounting and payment processing.  Steve is the majority shareholder and CEO.

And he owns and manages “Large Art Studios” located at Day Road Industrial Park on Bainbridge Island, WA.  “LAS” is an atelier of artist working in different mediums, sharing work space, ideas, and the shared passion of art and creativity.

He has worked with more than 20 companies ranging from small scale start –ups to mid and large size corporations, offering financial consulting services across an array of industries including manufacturing, distribution, software development, transportation, real estate, and professional services.

Under Steve’s direct leadership or as an advisor, he was responsible for advancing new market strategies and initiatives that propelled sales and business growth from 40% – 100% compounded annually.

As a board member, lead advisor, and CEO he has managed and overseen acquisitions and financings of location services companies, fleet management companies, oil field service companies, refineries, and brown field real property.

He managed the turnaround and sold an oil field services company for a private family.  The company had approximately 120 employees, both remote and in a headquarters environment, operating in California between Santa Paula to the North and Imperial County to the South.

He spent 19 years as a consultant arranging debt financing and providing turn-around and strategic management services to owner and families.  He has run, as its managing director, a California State Regulated Bank and was a Senior Regional Credit Officer a California Regional bank.

In addition to his entrepreneurial and professional career, Steve serves on several advisory boards, boards of directors and consults with hedge funds investors interested in fleet management, location services and mobility.

He was on the board and audit committee of Telogis, Inc., and is the former CEO and Chairman.  In July 2016 Telogis was sold to Verizon.

He is on the family board of Signal Hill Petroleum, Inc. and its related companies.

He is a member of the Arts and Humanities Board’s Public Art Committee on Bainbridge Island.

He serves as an advisor to, ATG Risk and Cal-X Stars Business Accelerator.

Steve was also elected to a California State office, as a member of the board of governors at the Laguna Beach Unified Schools District (1996-2000).  Upon completing his term, he led the community wide bond campaign that raised $60Million dollars of capital funds.  During his tenure he led negotiations with local land developers that increase revenue to the district by $7 Million annually.

He has been a guest lecturer at UCI’s entrepreneurial program

Steve has his Bachelors of Science in Management with a specialization in Finance and an emphasis in Investment from California State University at Long Beach, 1978.

Laguna College of Art + Design, Stone Sculpting Student (2009-2014).

Steve is a stone sculptor of figurative and abstract works.  He has sold his work to collectors and continues to study art, drawing and sculpture.  His studio is on Bainbridge Island WA and he is a member of the Northwest Stone Sculpture Association.

He has shown his work at shows at Laguna College Art+Design and is showing work at the juried Seattle Erotic Art Festival in late April 2018.



Brad Berger / Cornerstone Financial Strategies

Dan Weedin / Toro Consulting

Steve Rabago /

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