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Kendrick Ashton

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Kendrick Ashton co-founded The St. James Group (SJG) in 2012 and is Co-Managing Partner. Prior to establishing SJG, Mr. Ashton was a founding member and Managing Director of boutique financial services firm Perella Weinberg Partners focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the technology and telecom sectors. He served as Chief Operating Officer of Perella Weinberg’s Corporate Advisory Group from 2009 to 2011.

Prior to joining Perella Weinberg, Mr. Ashton was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., executing large mergers, acquisitions and financings across a broad range of industries. He also gained legal experience at the law firms of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

He received a JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a Merit Scholar and the Earl Dickerson Public Service Scholar, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was also a Merit Scholar. Mr. Ashton received an AB from the College of William & Mary, where he was an All-Conference cornerback and recipient of the John Kratzer Memorial Award for Exemplary Courage, Self-Sacrifice, Leadership and Spirit and the Benjamin Stoddert Ewell Award for Outstanding Leadership, Service and Contribution to the College.

He is a member of William & Mary’s Board of Visitors, where he is a member of the Executive Committee, Chairman of the Financial Affairs Committee and Vice Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee.

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Craig Dixon

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Craig Dixon co-founded The St. James Group (SJG) and is Co-Managing Partner. Prior to establishing SJG, Mr. Dixon was Assistant Vice President and Senior Counsel at Smithfield Foods, a Fortune 250 global food business, where he focused on M&A and corporate governance and was general counsel to the hog production business unit.

Prior to joining Smithfield Foods, he was in private practice at McGuireWoods LLP focusing on M&A and project finance. Mr. Dixon began his legal career as a Law Clerk to the Honorable James Spencer of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

He is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development and received a JD from William & Mary School of Law, where he was a recipient of the TC Clarke Scholarship, the Law Foundation Scholarship and the Thurgood Marshall Humanitarian Award. Mr. Dixon received a BBA from the College of William & Mary, where he was a William & Mary Scholar and a Project Excellence Scholar.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Episcopal High School, where he was a multi-sport letterman, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, where he is the Vice Chairman of the Investment Committee.