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Charles Merritt

Managing Director

Charles joined Fahrenheit to help build our presence in the growing Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill region of North Carolina, as well as provide advisory services to the firm’s clients. Charles was a co-founder of Parish Capital Advisors, a private equity fund of funds based in Chapel Hill, where he helped grow the firm from three people with an idea to over $2 billion in assets under management. He was involved in all aspects of the business. Sitting on numerous fund advisory boards and actively fundraising, he was also the partner primarily responsible for the operational aspects of the firm including HR, finance, legal, and compliance matters. Parish was sold to StepStone Group in 2012 where Charles continues to serve as an Advisor.

Charles brings a wealth of experience in the arena of private capital, having seen the sector from all angles – as an agent in a boutique M&A firm, a principal investor in small buyouts, a general partner, and a company founder. His experience working with some of the best private investors in the world helps him to know what they are looking for when they seek to invest in growing companies.

Charles has also branched into new endeavors after the successful exit of Parish Capital including teaching entrepreneurship at UNC-Chapel Hill in the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Private Equity at Kenan-Flagler Business School.

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