James Williams is Director of Finance for Cypress Ascendant Holdings, LLC. Williams has spent the majority of his career in finance, with a specific focus on M&A transactions. After a stint with Grameen Bank, working in micro-finance in Costa Rica as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and investment banking roles at Moelis & Company and Jacobs Capital, Williams joined Hargett Hunter Capital Management as a Private Equity Associate in 2019, where he led the evaluation of emerging restaurant concepts in the United States. Since leaving Hargett Hunter in 2021, Williams has taken on an executive role at Sullivan Management, an SC-based hospitality group, and also has provided consulting services to Uncle Ed's Vodka related to the company’s capital raising and strategic finance initiatives. Williams will serve as a strategic advisor to the Fund, and will advise on analytics, fund administration, and investor relations, along with other general advisory services.
Williams received his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Washington and Lee University (2013), his post-baccalaureate in Environmental Sustainability and Conservation form Columbia University (2017), and his MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business (2019). Williams was born in Columbia, South Carolina, where he lives today.