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Brent Burgess | bburgess@concentricpartners.com

Brent is the Managing Partner of Concentric Partners.  He is responsible for fundraising, investor relations, deal sourcing and overall strategy.   

Prior to co-founding Concentric, Brent founded and served as the President of Granville Advisers, a boutique advisory and investment firm.  Granville advises insurance companies and banks on their private credit investment strategy, advises early stage funds and companies on capital formation strategies and also invests in early stage companies and funds.  Prior to Granville, Brent co-founded Triangle Capital Corporation.  From 2002-2016, Brent was engaged in starting, taking public and building this investment company which focused on direct lending to lower-middle market companies.  As the Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of the Investment Committee, Brent led $2.3 billion of investments in 165 private companies.  Prior to Triangle, Brent worked at Oberlin Capital and Cherokee Investment Partners. 

Since 2011, Mr. Burgess has served as an advisor and investment committee member of Sovereign’s Capital, an early stage venture fund with offices in Palo Alto, CA and Jakarta, Indonesia.  Mr. Burgess is also an advisory board member of CoFounders Fund, an early stage venture fund based in Raleigh, NC, FMI Investment Partners, a private equity fund based in Raleigh, NC, and Cypress Hills Partners, a boutique merchant banking firm based in Vancouver, BC.  Brent also serves as an advisor or board member of numerous small businesses.  In addition to his for-profit ventures, Brent also serves on a number of non-profit boards, including Freedom United, the largest anti-slavery and human trafficking advocacy organization in the world. 

Mr. Burgess earned a B.Ed. in History and Social Studies from the University of Regina, Canada in 1989, where he graduated with Great Distinction.  He earned an MCS/MA from Regent College/University of British Columbia in Church History in 1993, where he was awarded the Board of Governor’s Prize and the History Prize. 

Brent has been married for 25 years and is the proud father of two awesome kids.  He likes to read, is an avid cyclist, ever hopeful Carolina Hurricanes fan and will generally do whatever his daughter Anna asks him to do.   

 

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Matt Young | myoung@concentricpartners.com

Matt is a Partner, Co-Founder, and Investment Committee member of Concentric Partners.  He participates in the management of the firm and leads the investment team responsible for deal sourcing, underwriting, execution and portfolio monitoring.  

Prior to co-founding Concentric Partners, Matt was a Managing Director at Triangle Capital Corporation where he led or underwrote 26 platform investments involving well over $500 million of invested capital.  During his tenure he served as a member of the Investment Committee and as a named Principal for each of Triangle’s three SBIC funds including as a co-founder of Fund III.  Mr. Young also served as a Vice President for Cherokee Investment Partners, a $1.2 billion real estate private equity fund focused on the sustainable redevelopment of environmentally distressed properties.   While there he was involved in transactions with a debt and equity valuation of $140 million and an ultimate development value of over $1.5 billion.

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a BA with distinction in Political Science. Additionally, he earned both a JD and an MBA from the University of Virginia where he was a member of the Raven Society. Mr. Young is a member of the North Carolina Bar and an active participant in the community where he serves as a board member and advisor to several non-profits, including as the Chairman of the Board of Trinity Academy.  Matt has been friends with his wife for close to 30 years, married for 15, and they have three wonderful kids.  When not spending time with them he is reading, playing golf or coaching youth sports. 

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Corbin Graves | cgraves@concentricpartners.com

Corbin is a Principal, Co-Founder, and Investment Committee member of Concentric Partners. He is primarily responsible for deal sourcing, execution and portfolio monitoring while also overseeing the firm’s back office functions.  

Prior to co-founding Concentric Partners, Corbin worked at Triangle Capital Corporation investing debt and equity capital in the lower middle-market.  While there, he underwrote and closed $660 million of investments in 45 platform companies and over 20 add-on transactions.  He also created much of Triangle’s initial operational infrastructure and systems related to deal sourcing and underwriting, portfolio valuations, portfolio monitoring, corporate budgeting, information technology, and employee recruitment, training, and development.  Prior to working at Triangle, Corbin was a staff accountant for Ernst & Young.

Corbin has a BS in Business Administration and Master of Accounting degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and holds an active CPA license in North Carolina.  When he isn't working, Corbin enjoys going on adventures with his wife and three children.  He plans to continue playing soccer and skiing for as long as his legs allow.  He and his wife are active in their local Young Life area, with Corbin currently serving as the Committee Chairman.