Learn about our team and backgrounds

Andrew W. Byrd

Andrew W. Byrd

Founder & President

Mr. Byrd is the Founder and President of TVV Capital. A 25-year private equity veteran, Mr. Byrd has been directly responsible for leading the sourcing, financing, acquiring, operating and exiting of 11 successful Southeast-based, lower middle-market companies. Prior to founding TVV, Mr. Byrd was a Director and Executive Vice President of GenCap America (1987-94), a Nashville-based management buyout firm where he was responsible for leading the investments of four successful lower middle-market companies.

Ken Weaver

Ken Weaver

Managing Director

Mr. Weaver is responsible for operations growth and value creation in portfolio companies. Prior to joining TVV, Ken spent over 30 years in a series of increasingly responsible leadership positions with Bridgestone Corporation. His last three assignments were as President, Bridgestone North American Tire Commercial Sales, Chief Financial Officer, Bridgestone Americas and Chairman, CEO and President, Firestone Diversified Products. Mr. Weaver earned both his bachelor’s degree in business and his masters of business administration degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Jim Gaittens

Jim Gaittens

Managing Director

Mr. Gaittens is responsible for M&A activities, including acquiring, financing,and exiting portfolio companies. Mr. Gaittens brings over 25 years of finance experience with middle-market companies. Prior to joining TVV, Mr. Gaittens had a number of roles with Bank of America, Merrill Lynch in commercial banking, where he was most recently a senior executive responsible for middle-market commercial banking in Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.

Charles G. “Charlie” Sell

Charles G. “Charlie” Sell

Senior Advisor

Mr. Sell joined TVV in 1996 as a Senior Vice President. Mr. Sell has known Mr. Byrd for over 40 years and is responsible for developing TVV’s proprietary deal origination approach, process and database. He has served as a Director on the Boards of four TVV companies. Prior to joining TVV, Mr. Sell was Director of Equity Research at Wiley Brothers-Aintree Capital LLC, a Nashville-based brokerage firm. Prior to that, he was a Vice President, Municipal Finance, at J.C. Bradford & Co., a Nashville-based investment banking firm.

Andrew W. “AJ” Byrd, Jr.

Andrew W. “AJ” Byrd, Jr.

Managing Director

Mr. Byrd joined TVV in 2009. He is responsible for legal, financial, and operational analysis of potential acquisitions and portfolio companies. Mr. Byrd received his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees from Cornell University in 2002 and 2003, respectively, and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2009.

Jeremy Wilkinson

Jeremy Wilkinson

Managing Director

Mr. Wilkinson joined TVV in 2013 and is responsible for sourcing and preliminary analysis of acquisitions. Prior to joining TVV, Jeremy spent 10 years performing senior leadership roles in sales, marketing, and global audit with Dell, Inc. Mr. Wilkinson received his B.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University.

Ben Eley

Ben Eley

Business Development Manager

Mr. Eley joined TVV in 2011 and is responsible for sourcing acquisitions. Ben holds a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. For 15 years prior to joining TVV, Mr. Eley raised funds for advocacy, political and non-profit organizations.

Charles Foreman

Charles Foreman

Business Development Manager

Mr. Foreman joined TVV in 2011 and is responsible for sourcing acquisitions. Prior to joining TVV, Charles spent 14 years in education as a charter school teacher and principal. Mr. Foreman received his BA degree from Olivet College.

Lon Johnson

Lon Johnson

Business Development Manager

Mr. Johnson initially joined TVV in 2003, and is responsible for sourcing acquisitions. Prior to joining TVV, Lon advised international and national businesses and non-profits. Mr. Johnson received his B.A. degree from Arizona State University.