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Vernon Bryant

Founding and Managing Partner

Focus - Manufacturing & Distribution

Vernon Bryant is the Founding Partner of AV Capital, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Encore Dredging Partners, and American Insulated Glass, and he formerly served on the Board of Directors at Kovach Building Enclosures (acquired by a strategic buyer). Vernon’s focus prior to founding AV Capital includes 5 years at Austin Ventures, where he was a Partner and co-led the Middle Market investment practice. While at Austin Ventures, he served on the Board of Directors of SAM (acquired by Peak Rock Capital), Magnablend., BenefitMall (acquired by the Carlyle Group), ENTACT Environmental Services (acquired by the Pritzker Group), Sterling Foods (acquired by Cotton Creek Capital), and Delta Rigging & Tools (acquired by Bishop Lifting).

Previously, Vernon was a Partner with TGF Management Corp., a middle market investment firm based in Austin where he invested in a diverse group of companies across a broad range of industries for more than 10 years. While at TGF, he served on the Board of Directors of Southern Star Concrete (acquired by Compania de Cementos Argos SA CLB: MINEROS), M&M Manufacturing (acquiredby MiTek), and Orion Marine Group (NYSE:ORN), and also worked with Associated Materials (acquired by Investcorp). Prior to TGF, Vernon was a Director at the Beacon Group, LLC, a private equity and investment banking firmbased in New York. He was also an Associate with Sandefer Capital Partners, an energy-focused private equity firm based in Austin.

Prior to attending business school, Vernon was a CPA with Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young, and served as Chief Financial Officer of AG&M.. Vernon received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a BBA in accounting from Texas Christian University.

Vernon grew up in the small Texas Panhandle farming and ranching town of Dalhart, where he learned the values of hard work and doing things the honest and right way. He and his wife, Chelsey, were married shortly after college in 1993, and together they have three grown children and reside in Austin, Texas. While most of his spare time is spent keeping up with his family’s very active life, Vernon also enjoys playing golf, watching college football and doing his best to stay fit.
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