Team

Robert Covington

Founder and Managing Partner

Robert Covington is the Founder and Managing Partner of Braemont Capital. Robert is responsible for finding and executing new deals, monitoring and growing the portfolio as an active board member, and helping to manage the firm. He has invested in growth equity for over two decades, most recently at RedBird Capital Partners where he was Co-Managing Partner for three years and Partner for four years. He was previously with The Stephens Group and SSM Partners. Additionally, he founded and was CEO of Firstdoor Software, an early software as a service (“SaaS”) company. Robert earned his BS degree in Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Washington and Lee University and his MPH at Yale University.

Education:
  • MPH, Yale University
  • BS, Washington and Lee University
Former Experience:
  • RedBird Capital Partners
  • The Stephens Group
  • SSM Partners
  • Firstdoor Software

Jeff Volling

Partner

Jeff Volling is a Partner with Braemont Capital. Jeff is responsible for finding and executing new deals and monitoring and growing the portfolio as an active board member. Previously, he was with Bessemer Investors, AEA Investors, Madison Dearborn, and Credit Suisse. Jeff earned his BS degree, graduating summa cum laude, in Finance at Georgetown University and his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Education:
  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • BS, Georgetown University
Former Experience:
  • Bessemer Investors
  • AEA Investors
  • Madison Dearborn
  • Credit Suisse

Herb May

Partner, Head of Entrepreneur and Family Office (“EFO”) and Capital Partnerships
Herb May is a Partner with Braemont Capital. Herb is responsible for developing and maintaining Braemont’s EFO Network through idea generation and coinvest opportunities as well as sourcing new investment opportunities. Previously, he was with DH Capital, Signal Hill Capital, Wachovia Securities, Deutsche Bank, and Alex. Brown & Sons. Herb earned his BA degree in History at the University of Virginia.

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Education:
  • BA, University of Virginia
Former Experience:
  • DH Capital
  • Signal Hill Capital
  • Wachovia Securities
  • Alex. Brown & Sons / Deutsche Bank

Keith Benedict, CFA

Partner
Keith is a Partner with Braemont Capital. Keith is responsible for overseeing the firm’s strategic priorities and developing its research capabilities. Further, he works to source select investment opportunities. Additionally, Keith serves as CEO of South Summit Capital Management and CIO of the John M. Belk Endowment. Previously, Keith was with A.G. Hill Partners, Opsis Capital Management, Unity Hunt, and Bracewell LLP. Keith earned his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Education:
  • JD, Washington and Lee University
  • BS, Vanderbilt University
Former Experience:
  • A.G. Hill Partners
  • Opsis Capital Management
  • Unity Hunt
  • Bracewell LLP

Beau Allen

Principal, Entrepreneur and Family Office (“EFO”) and Capital Partnerships
Beau Allen is a Principal with Braemont Capital. Beau is responsible for transaction sourcing as well as developing and maintaining Braemont’s EFO Network through idea generation and coinvest opportunities. Previously, he was with JAM Capital Partners, RSE Ventures, and Rizvi Traverse Management. Additionally, Beau is an investor in, advisor to, and Board member of a number of private companies. Beau was an Owings Fellow and earned his BA degree at Washington and Lee University and his MBA at Columbia Business School.
Education:
  • MBA, Columbia Business School
  • BA, Washington and Lee University
Former Experience:
  • JAM Capital Partners
  • RSE Ventures
  • Rizvi Traverse Management

Eliza Calihan

Vice President
Eliza Calihan is a Vice President with Braemont Capital. Eliza is responsible for finding and executing new deals and monitoring and growing the portfolio. Previously, she was with Reverence Capital Partners and Goldman Sachs. Eliza earned her BA in Economics at Harvard College and her MBA, graduating with High Distinction, Baker Scholar, at Harvard Business School.
Education:
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • BA, Harvard College
Former Experience:
  • Reverence Capital Partners
  • Goldman Sachs

Max Green

Senior Associate

Max Green is a Senior Associate with Braemont Capital. Max is responsible for finding and executing new deals and monitoring and growing the portfolio. Previously, he was with UpEquity, RedBird Capital Partners, and Cain Brothers & Company. Max earned his BA in Finance at The University of Texas.

Education:
  • BA, The University of Texas
Former Experience:
  • UpEquity
  • RedBird Capital Partners
  • Cain Brothers & Company

Ben Eckholm

Associate
Ben Eckholm is an Associate with Braemont Capital. Ben is responsible for finding and executing new deals and monitoring and growing the portfolio. Previously, he was with White Deer Energy, Piper Sandler, and Wells Fargo Securities. Ben earned his BBA degree in Accounting, graduating summa cum laude at Texas A&M University, and his Master’s in Financial Management at Texas A&M University.
Education:
  • MFM, Texas A&M University
  • BBA, Texas A&M University
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Former Experience:
  • White Deer Energy
  • Piper Sandler
  • Wells Fargo Securities

Akaash Parimeru

Associate
Akaash Parimeru is a Associate with Braemont Capital. Akaash is responsible for finding and executing new deals and monitoring and growing the portfolio. Previously, Akaash was a Investment Banking Analyst at Lazard. Akaash earned his BBA in Finance at The University of Texas.
Education:
  • BBA, The University of Texas
Former Experience:
  • Lazard

Caroline Stevens

Associate, Entrepreneur and Family Office (“EFO”) and Capital Partnerships
Caroline Stevens is an Associate with Braemont Capital. Caroline is responsible for developing, maintaining, and growing Braemont’s EFO Network. Previously, Caroline was a Private Bank Analyst at J.P. Morgan. Caroline earned her BS in Commerce and French at The University of Virginia.
Education:
  • BS, The University of Virginia
Former Experience:
  • J.P. Morgan

Steve Sims, CFA

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer

Steve Sims is the COO and CCO of Braemont Capital. Steve is responsible for all financial, human resources, and compliance activities. Previously, he was with New Republic Partners, J.P. Morgan, The Stephens Group, and Harris Williams & Co. Steve earned his BA degree in Economics at Princeton University and his MBA at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

Education:
  • MBA, Duke’s Fuqua School of Business
  • BA, Princeton University
Former Experience:
  • New Republic Partners
  • J.P. Morgan
  • The Stephens Group
  • Harris Williams & Co.

Carolyne Baber, CPA

Controller
Carolyne serves as the Controller of Braemont Capital and is responsible for all financial accounting and tax reporting functions. Previously, she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a Senior Tax Manager in the Private Company Services practice. Carolyne earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Master in Accounting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Education:
  • MACC, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • BS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Former Experience:
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Enterprise Fleet Management

Jennifer Peppard

Chief of Staff

Jennifer Peppard is the Chief of Staff of Braemont Capital. Jennifer is responsible for organizing and prioritizing information, communication, and operational activities. Previously, she was with Speedwell Capital, the St. Mark’s School of Texas, and The Winston School. Jennifer earned her BA degree in Psychology at Texas A&M University and her MS in Psychology at Texas A&M University.

Education:
  • MS, Texas A&M University
  • BA, Texas A&M University
Former Experience:
  • Speedwell Capital
  • St. Mark’s School of Texas
  • The Winston School