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Kevin Charlton

Kevin Charlton

River Hollow Partners
Partner
New York, NY, USA


Kevin Charlton is the Managing Partner of River Hollow Partners, a private equity firm focused on the lower mid-market.  He has spent more than fifteen years in private equity, including time with JPMorgan, Investcorp, and Macquarie.

River Hollow Partners was founded in 2013, and focuses on consumer product, retail, business services, and manufacturing businesses with enterprise values up to $100MM.  Their current portfolio includes Sir Kensingtons, a gourmet condiment business, Dancing Deer Baking Company, a branded manufacturer of cookies and brownies, Kriser’s, an all-natural pet retail chain, and Macro Energy, which provides advisory solutions in high-efficiency lighting.

Kevin has served on more than twenty Boards of Directors in all relevant roles, and in almost all cases as Chairman or Lead Director on behalf of the majority owner; he has a strong reputation working in partnership with management to develop and execute a strategic agenda.  He is currently on the Boards of Dancing Deer Baking Company and Macro Energy, two portfolio companies of River Hollow Partners.  In addition, he is on the Board of Spirit Realty Capital (NYSE: SRC), where he is a member of the Compensation and Governance Committees, and of the Addison Group, a privately held staffing Company.  He was also recently the President and COO of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corporation, a Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SPAC) that successfully merged with Blue Bird Bus Company in February of 2015 and trades on NASDAQ under BLBD

He has successfully taken companies public, sold to strategic and financial investors, and maximized value through the staged exit to separate buyers. This includes companies in aerospace, automotive, playground manufacturing, sporting goods, housewares, gourmet goods, industrial fabric, water infrastructure, petroleum drilling tools, bunkering, petroleum storage and heavy duty trucks parts distribution.

Additional experience includes four years at McKinsey and three years in the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Kevin received his BSE Cum Laude from Princeton University, his MSE with Distinction from the University of Michigan, and his MBA with Honors from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

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