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Jay Knowles


Jay Knowles serves as Founder and President of Dragonswood Advisors, Inc. in Pittsburgh, PA. Dragonswood is a provider of specialty services and a retained executive search firm serving private equity and investment banking firms. Dragonswood was founded in 1999 and is simply an extension of its founder’s and director’s passions: providing reasoned advice and counsel to diverse organizations.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Knowles worked in sales and marketing at mutual fund giant Federated Investors and served as an economic and financial consultant with Arthur Andersen.

Before graduating Cum Laude with B.A. degree in history from the University of Pittsburgh, Mr. Knowles served four years in the United States Marine Corps where he participated in Operation Desert Storm.