BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE
Charles founded Ardent with Scott to advance his passion for creating value through the acquisition and development of lower middle market businesses. Prior to founding Ardent, he was a partner with HIG Capital, LLC and Boyne Capital Partners. His experience at HIG Capital spans the firm’s early history through its emergence as a preeminent middle market private equity fund.
Charles began his career advising pioneers of small cap private investing on acquisitions, divestitures and financings while at Kidder Peabody & Co. in New York and as an energy services analyst with Howard Weil in New Orleans. Early work experience includes stints in the offshore oil fields of the Gulf of Mexico and as a Luce Scholar in Taipei, Taiwan.
He has significant experience in structuring and leading recapitalizations of privately held businesses, corporate divestitures and restructurings. His industry expertise includes business services, consumer goods and services, multi-unit retail, agri-business, publishing, industrial supplies, wholesale distribution, energy services, component manufacturing and building products.
Charles holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University. He speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. His outside interests include fishing, travel, history, and exploring remote areas of the Everglades and Bahamas. He grew up in south Louisiana and has lived in Miami for twenty years.