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Charles McLendon

Board Chair

Charles “Charley” McLendon, Jr. is the managing principal and owner of Laurens Capital Advisors, an investment and advisory firm focused on financial services consulting, new business development, and investment in structured finance and real estate-related markets. He serves on the Executive Committee of Charleston Angel Partners, an angel investment group that facilitates access to investment opportunities in local and regional early-stage companies.

Charley moved to Charleston in 2010 after spending most of his career in New York in the financial services industry. He has held a number of senior positions in the fixed income credit and capital markets businesses including; Managing Partner at MAXEX, LLC, Managing Partner at Vertical Capital Management, President and CIO of Primus Guaranty, and Managing Director at Bank of America, running several businesses including the Investment Grade sales and trading division. He has served on several industry related boards including Markit Partners, In Capital, Vertical Capital, and Blue Ridge Funding.

In addition to his non-profit responsibilities for the Charleston Parks Conservancy, Charley serves on the board of Lowcountry Local First, The B. Robert Williamson Jr. Foundation, and as Treasurer of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Charleston. He is a former board member of UNC Global and the Board of Visitors at the University of North Carolina. Charley is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He is a native of North Carolina and is happy to be back in the South and call Charleston home. Charley and his wife Martha reside in the downtown neighborhood of Ansonborough and enjoy Charleston’s many parks.