Team - North River Group
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Dennis Hinton, Managing Director


Dennis founded North River Group around the belief that traditional private equity does not partner well with family owned businesses. He is active in all stages of North River Group’s investments: deal sourcing, due diligence / deal execution, and portfolio company oversight. Dennis particularly enjoys helping management teams with capital allocation, recruiting and business development activities. He is President of the Birmingham Alternative Investment Group (BAIG) and the Southern Capital Forum (SCF) in Atlanta. He has taught as an adjunct professor for the business schools of The University of Alabama and Samford University. Dennis serves as an advisory board member of a Birmingham based family office holding company.


He received a JD/MBA and a BS in Finance from The University of Alabama.  Dennis is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham.


Outside of work, Dennis enjoys spending time with his wife and family as well as deer hunting.


Billy Harbert, Advisory Board Member


Billy is Chairman and CEO of BL Harbert International, LLC, a privately held company based in Birmingham, AL.  BL Harbert International provides construction services throughout the world and is a leader in sustainable and design-build construction.  The company maintains a diverse portfolio of successfully completed projects including U.S. Embassies, office, higher-education, healthcare and wellness, water and wastewater treatment plants, and government facilities.


He grew up in the construction industry as his father, Bill Harbert, helped pioneer the construction industry in Birmingham and eventually throughout the world.  Prior to starting BL Harbert International in 2000, Billy served as President and Vice President of Bill Harbert International Construction.


Billy is a graduate of Auburn University with a BS in Building Science and earned his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.


He is a member of the Society of International Business Fellows, Young Presidents’ Organization and serves on the Board of Directors for Highlands Day School.


Mike Chambers, Advisory Board Member


Mike was co-founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of River Gas Corporation, a Tuscaloosa based production and exploration company that specialized in coalbed methane gas.  In 2000, RGC was successfully sold to a major oil and gas company after 13 years of outstanding growth.


Mike’s strengths are manufacturing, operations, financial accountability and strategic planning.  He is skilled in assessing procedure and operating efficiencies, as well as designing plans to track progress.  A graduate of the University of Texas, he is married with two adult children.

Jason Comer, Advisory Board Member


Jason is the owner of Comer Companies.  Comer Companies is a diversified portfolio of business and real estate interests.


Jason’s background includes being the Town Founder of Alys Beach, (  He is also the co-founder of The Hub – a 100,000 square foot industry leading mixed-use food and beverage anchored entertainment district.  Finally, Jason’s experience includes serving on the board of EBSCO Industries, Inc., (, one of Alabama’s largest privately held companies.  


A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, he is married with four children.