CHENAULT SANDERS - Founder & CEO
Chenault Sanders is the Controlling Principal of The Blackbird Companies, Founder and Manager of Blackbird Capital, LLC, Blackbird Media, LLC (The Nashville Sign) and Blackbird Financial, LLC. Chenault founded Blackbird upon his departure from large law firm practice in 2007. Blackbird specializes in emerging restaurant franchising, branding companies, and out of home media assets. The firm leverages its relationships and experience by using operating businesses to drive value both at the enterprise level but also by using such specializations to build asset value in real property. Its principals are very active as investors, advisors, and owners in the Nashville real estate community. Blackbird is headquartered in Nashville and environs but also owns and/or controls portfolio assets from the Gulf Coast to Northern Virginia. Representative private equity and real estate investments include Triangle Equity Partners, LLC, Metropolitan Property Management, LLC, Von Elrod’s, LLC, Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, LLC, Pies & Pints Pizzeria, LLC, 30A.com Investment Partners, LLC, Royal Circus, LLC and Trabue Triangle, LLC. Additionally, Sanders serves on the Investment Committee of a $150 million private investment vehicle that primarily focuses on alternative investments, including hedge funds, private equity, venture capital and private real estate, among other investment classes through a selection of funds. With a background in complex trust and estate planning, Sanders has done extensive work with closely-held investment entities, and has particular expertise in multi-class, multiple-tiered partnership structures, having represented clients in tax motivated transfers with cumulative asset values in excess of $2.0 billion dollars.