Jerry D. Wethington

Jerry D. Wethington

Jerry Wethington ( is President of River Capital and Managing Principal of River Capital Partners.

Mr. Wethington currently serves as Chairman of Blue Wave Products, Inc. and Five Star Manufacturing Company, each a River Capital portfolio company. In addition, he has served as a director of both public and privately held companies in diverse industries including cloud migration services, consumer products, food service, furniture manufacturing, general aviation, hardware distribution, manufactured housing, media, medical products and steel processing.

Mr. Wethington is a member of several business and civic organizations, including the World Presidents’ Organization, Association for Corporate Growth, and he serves on the Board of Directors for Make-A-Wish Georgia. Formerly, he served as a director of the Atlanta Venture Forum and the University of Kentucky Business Partnership Foundation. In addition, Mr. Wethington served on the investment committee of Gray Ghost DOEN Social Ventures, which makes early-stage impact investments in India, Bangladesh and other emerging markets.

Before joining River Capital in 1984, Mr. Wethington was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Mitchell Steel, a large steel processing operation then a division of Fuqua Industries, Inc. Mr. Wethington and other members of management purchased the company in a leveraged buyout from Fuqua Industries and later sold it to Cargill, Inc. Prior to Mitchell Steel, Mr. Wethington was a senior manager with Fuqua Industries and Teledyne, Inc. in both operations and financial management.

Mr. Wethington received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Kentucky, a master’s degree in economics from Western Kentucky University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Louisville. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Wethington lives with his wife in Atlanta and has two sons.