J. Keith Benedict

J. Keith Benedict is Chief Executive Officer of South Summit Capital Management LLC (SSCM), a single-family office providing investment and financial management.  In this role, Benedict provides strategic and executive leadership for the John M. Belk Endowment.  SSCM invests across investment asset classes with emphasis on direct and co-investments in private equity, private credit and real estate. 

Prior to the formation of SSCM in 2017, Benedict was Executive Vice President and Managing Director of A.G. Hill Partners LLC, which he joined in 2009.  Benedict served on the Investment Committee of A.G. Hill Partners LLC, on the boards of investment portfolio companies, as a family trust fiduciary and as general counsel for the Hill family. 

From 2005 to 2009, Benedict was Partner and Co-Founder of Opsis Capital Management LP, a hedge fund manager investing in an energy market-neutral equities strategy.  From 1999 to 2005, Benedict was Chief Operating Officer, after serving as Vice President and General Counsel, for investment affiliates of Unity Hunt Inc., the family office of the Lamar Hunt family.  Benedict managed seed investments with hedge fund managers, private equity investments and swap financing.  From 1996 to 1999, Benedict was a corporate and securities attorney with Bracewell LLP.  At Bracewell, Benedict represented issuers and underwriters in public offerings of equity and debt securities and represented buyers and sellers in public and private mergers and acquisitions.  

Benedict graduated with a BA from Vanderbilt University and a JD from Washington & Lee University, where he served as President of the undergraduate and law student bodies.  Benedict is admitted to practice law in the courts of the State of Texas, the U.S. Northern District of Texas, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court and is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.  From 2015 to 2021, Benedict was a member of the Board of Trustees of The Hockaday School, where he served on the Finance and Administration Committee and the Investment Committee.  Benedict holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.