Mr. Harris co-founded Harris Williams & Co. in 1991 as a national investment banking firm focusing on middle market mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Since then, he and his partners have led Harris Williams & Co. to become one of the largest and most influential M&A firms in the country with approximately 275 people, 8 offices in the U.S. and Europe, and 10 industry groups. Having directed more than 100 M&A transactions and with 30 years of transactional experience, Mr. Harris has worked extensively in various areas including consumer products, retailing, distribution and business services, healthcare, building products, industrial manufacturing, natural resources, and media.
Mr. Harris earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, with Distinction, and a BS in Mathematics and Economics from Hampden-Sydney College, cum-laude. He is active in the community shown through current and past involvement in various boards including Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, University of Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation, Massey Cancer Center, Virginia Historical Society, Spider Management Investment Committee, St. Catherine’s School, First Presbyterian Church Diaconate, and Church Schools of the Diocese of Virginia. Mr. Harris also currently serves, or has served, on the Boards of NewMarket Corporation, Nexgrid LLC, and the Virginia Resources Authority. Mr. Harris and his wife, Jil Womack Harris, live in Richmond and have three children.