Vernon Bryant joined Austin Ventures in 2011 and co-leads the Texas Middle Market practice. Prior to joining AV, Vernon was a Partner with TGF Management Corp., a middle market investment firm based in Austin where he invested in a diverse group of companies across a broad range of industries for more than 10 years. While at TGF, he served on the Boards of Directors of Southern Star Concrete (acquired by Compania de Cementos Argos SA CLB: MINEROS), and Orion Marine Group, and also worked with NetSpend and Associated Materials (acquired by Investcorp). Prior to TGF, Vernon was a Director at the Beacon Group, LLC, a private equity and investment banking firm based in New York. He was also an Associate with Sandefer Capital Partners, an energy-focused private equity firm based in Austin, and was a CPA with Deliotte & Touche and Ernst & Young. Vernon received an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a BBA in accounting from Texas Christian University.