Our Team

Koba Ventures Inc. has assembles a team of visionary leading industry executives to Koba Ventures Inc. is led by a highly motivated team with a wealth of experience in entertainment, sports & finance with a proven investment track record. Our role is to deliver results
and capture opportunity on behalf of our investors.

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Gilles Paquin FOUNDER/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Possessing a rare blend of artistic passion, creativity, and business savvy, Gilles Paquin has been involved with the North American arts and entertainment industry for over 35 years. His career as a manager, promoter, producer, and entrepreneur has led him to opportunities around the globe, working with many of the leading luminaries in the entertainment world.

As CEO of Paquin Entertainment Group, Gilles oversees the Artist Management division and supports and directs a team of illustrious artists. He personally manages legendary icons Randy Bachman, Bachman &Turner, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Barney Bentall. Gilles supports, oversees, and directs each artist’s creative ventures. Another division of the Group, the Paquin Artists Agency, has since become one of Canada’s premier entertainment agencies, representing a roster of international clientele such as the Strumbellas, Serena Ryder, Donovan Woods, The Sheepdogs, Saul Williams, Ballet Jazz De Montreal, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet to name a few.

As Executive Producer of Koba Entertainment, Gilles’ passion for theatre and stage productions have paved the way for him to work with some of the worlds most recognized family brands such as Shopkins, Dora The Explorer, The Backyardigans, Bubble Guppies, Max & Ruby, and many others making their way to the stage.

As founder of Venue Coalition, Gilles launched and subsequently sold a unique company dedicated to programming arenas and theatres around North America, with sports, music, theatre, comedy and family events. It continues to grow and now serves over 65 venues across North America.

Over the years, Gilles and his teams have established long-term relationships with top promoters, agencies, labels, publishers, broadcasters, and producers all over the world, including Live Nation, Ole, UTA, AEG, SJM UK, CAA, William Morris Endeavour, APA, Sony Music, Universal, Kobalt, Sony ATV, Nickelodeon, Corus, and ITV UK, to name a few.

Hartley Miller Director/CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Hartley Miller is a result oriented, sports and entertainment entrepreneur, and executive/intrepreneur with over 25 years of significant multi-faceted experience.  Most recently, as Chief Operating/Revenue Officer for Arizona based Tailstorm Health Inc., Miller was responsible for the attainment of short and long term financial and operational goals and in 2017 the company was recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in America growing revenues in 2 years from $2,000,000 annually to $30,000,000 annually.

As an entrepreneur Miller has a track record of success as founder of MackMatt Sports and Entertainment, The Recoup Group & Amplified Media Group.  Mr. Miller also brings to the Koba Ventures team a unique, eclectic and balanced knowledge base through his previous senior executive positions with The Winnipeg Jets NHL Hockey Club and Paquin Entertainment Group.  As a result, Hartley understands the inter related sales, marketing, sponsorship, operational, production, and financial components that make a production successful. In the spirit of giving back,

Miller also volunteers as a Business Advisor for San Diego Sports Innovators, a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to establish San Diego as the home of Sports and Active Lifestyle Industry. By being involved, he helps foster innovation, providing mentorship for entrepreneurs and building powerful cross-vertical networks. Miler currently resides in Del Mar, California.

STEVEN HOFFMAN Director/Chief Information Officer

Mr. Steven Hoffmann possesses 20+ years of experience in the Finance and Technology sectors, having worked in the financial services industry since 2004. During his career, he has been focusing on Private and Micro-cap companies in areas of capital raising, compliance, structuring equity debt transactions, including but not limited to Private to Public transactions, working with Private Equity funds, Asset Managers & Family Offices, and corporate clients for structuring unique high yielding returns projects.

Mr. Hoffmann’s entrepreneurial background provides a unique advisory skillset. Having successfully served in such roles as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, CFO, and Chief Operations Manager, his experience, technical understanding and communication skills serve both him and Investors. His diverse background and knowledge have allowed him to participate in various transactions in sectors such as Entertainment & Media, Technology, Satellite/Mobile, and Energy.  Mr. Hoffmann is the founder of several companies in the fields of Energy Storage, Renewables, Mobile Encryption, Satellite, Blockchain and Financial Services, and serves as Director and Chairman on the boards of several private and public companies, including current Canadian CPC for TSX.V exchanges.

His latest technology company, Newt Corporation gained 6X valuation and is positioned for changes money transfer trend in financial services. His technical knowledge, and his unique vision, at the intersection between exchanges, issuing banks, and transaction processors. Mr. Hoffmann holds a Bachelors in Economics& Finance, with a Minor in Music Business, Jazz Studies, he also holds an Associates Degree in Specialized Engineering, and has attended UMASS Boston, Berklee College of Music, Pace University, and London School of Business Programs.

Mr. Hoffmann continues to capitalize on his years of experience and his recognition for establishing, funding and building enduring enterprises and strong relationships. He is currently resides in Switzerland and Canada.