Our Team

Jeff and Scott have known each other for over 10 years and have been great friends since first meeting at Boston College. They are entrepreneurs at heart and bring a range of operating experience from their professional careers. They are passionate about finding the right business to operate into the future. 

Jefferson Neblett

CO-Founder & Partner

Jeff is Co-Founder and Partner of 20 South Partners. Prior to 20 South Partners, he worked at Great Hill Partners, a middle-market private equity firm that has raised over $5 billion. Jeff has years of experience collaborating with investment teams on transactions and providing guidance to portfolio companies. Prior to business school, he supported Great Hill's close of a $1.1 billion fund. He has also worked in Ernst & Young's M&A Operational Transaction Services consulting group, where he was responsible for leading client restructuring and integration projects.

 

Jeff's passion and excitement for operating and growing a business began at a young age. When he was in middle school, Jeff ran a successful eBay business - he would rush home after school to ship out orders and manage his auctions. More recently, his entrepreneurial drive has taken shape through real estate investment and property management.

Giving back to the community is important to Jeff; after running his eBay business for several years, he pivoted the venture into a non-profit raising money for cancer research. While in business school, he served on the Board for Fresh Approach, a non-profit focused on access to healthy food in under-served communities, and prior to school, he was co-director of fundraising for Minds Matter of Boston.

Jeff earned his B.S. in Management from Boston College in 2010 and his MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley in 2018. He has held his CPA in the state of Massachusetts since 2014.   

Scott Lauber

Co-Founder & Partner

Scott is Co-Founder and Partner of 20 South Partners. Prior to 20 South Partners, he worked as a management consultant for over seven years at PricewaterhouseCoopers ("PwC"). At PwC, he led and managed over 20 operational improvement projects focused on developing scalable operating models and problem solving for complex business challenges. Scott has partnered with small and large client teams across the globe, often acting as an interim operator and working in a hands-on environment to create company value. His typical engagements averaged more than 30% benefit to the bottom line over an average period of six months. Scott is an active coach and is passionate about understanding people performance management and driving positive behavioral change. 

Scott has also been driven by entrepreneurship and launched a start-up, along with two other co-founders, in 2015. Scott's data technology company focused on building customer loyalty and retention strategies for restaurants and bars in his local community of Hoboken, NJ and grew to 20 venues and over 2,000 users. 

In addition to his professional and entrepreneurial ventures, Scott is an avid runner, sports fanatic and enjoys traveling to see new places. Some of his favorite experiences include traveling to and exploring various parts of the U.S., Europe, South Africa and Australia. 

Scott earned his B.S. in Management from Boston College in 2010. He has held his CPA in the state of New York since 2011 and has been a CFA Charterholder since 2014.

Check out a recent interview w/ Scott here:  A Unique Approach to Small Business Buyouts

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