Kevin Short is the Managing Partner and CEO of Clayton Capital Partners, a St. Louis-based investment banking firm specializing in merger and acquisition advisement. Beginning in 2007, Thomson Reuters, FactSet Mergerstat and Investment Dealers’ Digest all ranked Clayton Capital Partners as a top U.S. M&A firm. The firm was a Finalist for the 2014 M&A Advisor Award for Corporate and Strategic Acquisition of the Year and the winner of the 2014 Acquisition International M&A Firm of the Year Award.
Kevin is also the author of Sell Your Business For An Outrageous Price published by AMACOM. In 2015, the book received the Axiom Business Book Award Bronze Medal for Entrepreneurship. The book synthesizes Kevin’s experience in selling mid-size companies ($10MM – $250MM in value) for twice the EBITDA of the industry average.
Recognized as a leader in purchase and sale transactions of mid-size businesses spanning a wide range of industries, Short has orchestrated more than 150 purchase/sale transactions with an aggregate value of more than $1 billion. Years of experience (both as a business owner and as an adviser in this marketplace) enable Short to aggressively pursue his clients’ objectives during the turbulence that characterizes every transaction.
As an expert in mergers and acquisitions, Short has been named a judge for the M&A Advisor Award, an annual national award that recognizes excellence in dealmaking, restructuring and finance. He writes and speaks frequently on these topics to groups of business owners, advisers to business owners and academics. Groups include: Business Enterprise Institute, Inc., the St. Louis Association of Evaluation Professionals, Edward D. Jones, St. Louis University Entrepreneurship Program, Enterprise University, Business Intelligence Institute and Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to contributing to various national trade and business publications, Short is the co-author of Cash Out Move On: Get Top Dollar—And More—Selling Your Business (Business Enterprise Institute, Inc. 2008).
Mr. Short devotes his free time first to his family, and second, to the education of children from low-income families. He serves as: the Chairman of the Board for the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation, the Chairman of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the Vice-Chairman of the Show-Me Institute, a Board Member of Variety – The Children’s Charity of St. Louis and The Children’s Scholarship Fund and is a recipient of the FOCUS St. Louis “What’s Right With The Region” Award.