• Beaufort SC
  • Hilton Head SC
  • Savannah GA

Broker & Advisor

Jay Kennedy is a valuable and engaging Exit Strategy Specialist & Business Broker. He serves the Beaufort, Hilton Head and Savannah GA markets for National Restaurant Properties.

  • Business Valuations
  • Exit Strategy Specialist
  • Business Brokerage


Jay re-joined the NRP in late 2023 as a Broker & Advisor, specializing in Business Valuations, Business Brokerage & Exit Strategy Consulting. He is a 25+ year veteran of the F&B industry – serving in basically every capacity imaginable, from BOH to FOH to Proprietor. There aren’t many scenarios that you can face that Jay hasn’t faced head-on himself. His clients appreciate his thoughtful approach to advising them on many facets of their business operations – but his specialty is Business Brokerage & Valuations.

Geographically Jay specializes in the Beaufort, Hilton Head and Savannah GA markets.


  • 1994 Bachelor of Science in Management with a Concentration in Tourism from Clemson University

What I Enjoy the Most About NRP and BNB

I first joined NRP in 2006 after working with Tim Hagar to sell my restaurant business then. The process was so engaging, and I appreciated NRP's approach so much that I envisioned this being my pre-retirement career. Other business opportunities arose, but I'm thrilled to have joined the team again in 2023.

My favorite aspect of what we do is helping operators properly plan for the exit from their business. Most people think of what we do as transactional, but totally miss the relationship-building piece of trust that has to exist between you and your brokerage team. This is sometimes a quick and easy process, but more often it takes months of properly positioning your business to catch the attention of the personality we want to attract as the next proprietor.

Favorite Quote(s)

  • "In business, what's dangerous is not to evolve." Jeff Bezos


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