Kevin Short is the co-founder and managing partner/CEO of Clayton Capital Partners, a Saint Louis based investment banking firm specializing in merger and acquisition advisement. In 2007, Thomson Financial, FactSet Mergerstat, and Investment Dealers Digest all ranked Clayton Capital Partners as a top U.S. M&A firm. He has been recognized as a leader in purchase and sale transactions of mid-size businesses spanning a wide range of industries. As an expert in mergers and acquisitions, Short writes and speaks frequently on the topic to groups of business owners, advisors to business owners, and academics. In addition to contributing to various national trade and business publications, he is the co-author of Cash Out Move On: Get Top Dollar And More Selling Your Business. Short devotes his free time first to his family, and second to the education of children from low-income families. He is chairman of the Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation, past president of the Board of Education and current chairman of the Finance Council for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, board member of the Children’s Scholarship Fund, and past member of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.