Partner / Managing Director
Ken Griffin has over 30 years experience serving the financial needs of major corporations. As a CPA with McGladrey & Pullen for 12 years, Ken was a Senior Manager focused on Audit and Accounting and client development. In 1996, he joined Washington-based Taylor Companies, an international banking firm, as Chief Financial Officer; he was assigned Chief Operating Officer responsibilities two years later. Shortly thereafter, Ken was given the opportunity to join Taylor’s investment banking deal team, where he served in a variety of positions, ultimately being named Managing Director and, finally, head of Taylor’s Strategic Investment Banking division. During his tenure with Taylor, Ken served in leadership roles on transactions valued at over $10 billion.
In 2008, Ken helped establish BGR Capital & Trade as the boutique investment banking arm of BGR Group, the Washington powerhouse government affairs firm founded by Gov. Haley Barbour. During his tenure with BGR, Ken closed numerous capital raising projects including a $200mm raise for an oil & gas project in Cook Inlet, Alaska, a $150mm raise for the post-Katrina refurbishment of the New Orleans Hyatt, and a $15mm raise for the construction of the first Hilton-branded hotel in Iraq.
Ken has successfully advised public and private companies throughout North America and Europe as well as in South America, Africa and the Middle East and has headed up projects for major multi-national clients such as General Electric, Baxter International, McDermott International, Dow Chemical, Kone Corporation and Chiquita. In 2006, he managed the divestiture of Egypt’s largest pharmaceutical company.
Ken is a 1984 graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Accounting, and he has served in numerous local and state-wide offices for the North Carolina Association of CPAs. He has been a guest speaker at North Carolina State’s Poole College of Management as well as making guest appearances on Fox News, CNBC, and Bloomberg News.
Ken resides in McLean, Virginia and is the very proud father of five daughters, one son, and a grandson who he projects to make his major league debut in 2044. Ken is an accomplished sailor and an avid baseball player. Be forewarned about asking him about the grandson or baseball.