We’re a passionate and experienced investment and operating team whose partners have been investing, analyzing, advising and leading food & beverage, retail and other brand-based businesses for decades. We’re also big fans of good food and cold beer – an occupational requirement and perk.
Jeff has almost 25 years of experience as a successful investor and banking professional. He’s played a role in executing more than $2 billion of debt financing across restaurant and beverage, diversified industries and multinational platforms at JPMorgan Securities, First Union Corporation, Bank of America and GE Capital Franchise Finance.
While a partner at Morehead Capital – a private investment firm focused on investing in emerging restaurants – Jeff led the firm’s business development efforts resulting in acquisitions of multiple, well-respected concepts.
Prior to joining Morehead Capital, Jeff was a Director at GE Capital Franchise Finance where he held many roles, including large cap originations for dozens of franchised systems. Ultimately, Jeff helped launch GE’s “Brand Management” group where he was responsible for the corporate relationship for franchised systems headquartered east of the Mississippi that represented more than $3 billion of total system-wide debt exposure.
Jeff currently serves on the North Carolina State Poole College of Management’s Board of Advisors. He holds a BA from NC State University’s College of Management and an MBA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
When Jeff isn’t working, he’s spending time relaxing at home or the beach with his wonderful family, and making repeated (and failed) attempts to recreate his grandma Tiny Stilley’s crab stew. One of these years, it will happen.
Jason has spent his career developing and implementing successful growth strategies across various industries. As Chief Financial Officer of Zoe’s Kitchen for seven years, Jason played a significant role in the growth of the company from 20 stores to 150, and helped increase revenue from $18 million to $223 million, and completed one of the most successful IPOs in the restaurant sector in 2014. Jason also managed a wide range of functions during his tenure there, and was instrumental in the creation of systems, operations and procedures that enhanced new store openings across the country.
Prior to Zoe’s Kitchen, Jason held CFO positions at a private equity-backed start-up and gaming technology company and has also held executive positions in strategic planning, investor relations and treasury at Gaylord Entertainment Co. and Harrah’s Entertainment.
Jason began his career at Arthur Andersen, is a Certified Public Accountant, and received both his Bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Vanderbilt University.
Outside of his wonderful wife and three kids, Jason’s main passion is golf – he attributes his 5 handicap to his natural fascination with the mechanics of the sport, along with his “athlete’s diet” of Diet Mountain Dew and cheeseburgers.
Senior Principal & Chief Operating Officer
Brian has spent his career investing in and operating food and beverage companies. While serving as President and Chief Financial Officer of Southern Season, Brian helped the specialty food market, restaurant and cooking school operation grow from a one-store retailer to a multi-state brand opening over 110,000 square feet of retail space and growing to over 800 employees. As a partner with private equity firm Carrboro Capital, Brian led the group’s strategy of owning and operating companies in the food and beverage and consumer retail space.
Prior to Carrboro Capital, Brian was with Falfurrias Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm founded by Hugh McColl and Marc Oken, former CEO and CFO of Bank of America. There he managed investments in companies totaling over $275M in enterprise value including Bojangles’, an operator and franchisor of quick service restaurants currently generating over $1 billion in annual system-wide sales.
Mr. Fauver co-founded the Share the Food Foundation in 2012, a non-profit with a mission to fight hunger and hunger related issues. He’s spoken at food industry conferences such as the Specialty Food Association’s Fancy Food Show. Brian began his career in investment banking with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and received both his Bachelor’s and MBA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Brian is extremely proud of his family, including his wife and two daughters. While an active athlete in his youth, the only trophy he still displays for all to see is the one he received in 2013 as champion of his neighborhood’s chili cook-off.
Hunter has spent the last decade in finance, and now joins Hargett Hunter to manage investment diligence, execution and portfolio management. Hunter spent two years as an Associate in the Consumer & Retail Investment Banking Group at Barclays in New York, executing M&A and capital markets transactions for companies including Serta, Simmons Bedding, Beam, Brown-Forman, Newell Rubbermaid, 3G Capital & Berkshire Hathaway.
Prior to Barclays, Hunter was a Senior Associate Consultant at iplabs LLC, and an Associate in the Strategy & Operations group at the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, D.C. Hunter holds a BA in Business Economics from Brown University, and an MBA with a focus in Finance and Investment Management from Vanderbilt University.
Hunter further fine-tuned his ability to make decisions under pressure as a Player / Coach in the German Football League in Marburg, Germany. He also holds his family’s blue crab and pulled pork BBQ eating records – further proof that working with a restaurant-focused investment group is the perfect fit for his talents.
In his most recent role as Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at Zoe’s Kitchen, Will developed a strong grasp of restaurant finance, operations and growth. He managed major portions of long and short term strategic planning and operational finance, and was a significant contributor to the Company’s successful 2014 IPO and rapid unit expansion from 2013 to 2016.
Will began his career at Ernst & Young in Atlanta as a member of the Assurance practice, working primarily with public companies in the retail and retail distribution industries. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Accounting from the University of Alabama and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is currently a candidate for Level II of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
On the weekends, Will enjoys sports and traveling. He spends his springs and summers watching the Atlanta Braves or attending friends’ weddings, where he has become an esteemed connoisseur of caterers, bands, and open bars. His falls, like the rest of the college football world, are dominated by the Crimson Tide.
Trey began his career at Ernst & Young and spent three years in their Assurance practice. As a senior associate, Trey helped manage and execute a range of engagements, including SEC registrant audits and quarterly reviews. As part of conducting year-end audits, Trey was also responsible for testing a variety of transactions, including public company M&A transactions, debt offerings, and equity offerings.
Trey obtained his BS in Accounting with a concentration in Financial Analysis from NC State University. He also obtained his Masters in Accounting from NC State. After finishing his degrees, Trey obtained his CPA and is an actively licensed Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina.
In his downtime, Trey enjoys spending time with his wife and family. Whenever the weather is right, he hits the water in the lower Neuse River in search of trout and red drum. Though not a chef by trade, he takes great pride in his red drum risotto…as long as his lovely wife is around to cook the risotto.
Below is just a glimpse of the companies and systems with which we have worked and financed throughout our careers.