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Stone Circle Capital LLC and affiliated entities invest capital coupled with experienced management to execute aggressive operating strategies for growth and value enhancement.

Lake Anna Yacht Club

Marina and Waterfront Real Estate Projects

Hospitality Projects

Hotel, Resort and Lifestyle Properties

LifeDox Medical Technology

Consumer and Technology Products

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  • Stone Circle Capital LLC provides management services and investment capital to rapid-growth technology and consumer-focused companies. We focus on opportunities with a technological and/or first-mover advantage.  Each opportunity is managed by an experienced industry-specific team with a record of rapid growth execution and successful exit transactions. 


  • Shenandoah Investments LLC and subsidiaries provide management and investment capital for marinas, waterfront real estate projects and lifestyle developments.  Targeted investments are based on demographic and regional growth research.  Typical projects are opportunistic in nature and focused on very near-term cash-on-cash returns.  


  • Stone Circle LLC provides investment capital for waterfront, hospitality and lifestyle projects.   These projects are typically longer-term in nature and also based on demographic and regional growth research.


Our strategy is executed using an operating and investment structure that provides deep focus by our industry teams.

Stone Circle Capital LLC

Emisshield Inc.
ROI Driven Green Technology


VT Growth Partners
Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center


MedCottage - Family Managed Healthcare


Lifedox Inc.
Personal Health Records


Shenandoah Investments LLC

Lake Anna Yacht Club

Lake Anna Yacht Club

Shenandoah Shores

Stone Circle LLC

Smith Mountain Lake Waterfront Projects

Hospitality Projects


Stone Circle Foundation continues its successful mission in 2011, completing its 13th year of service to the community.  The Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable organization which has committed in excess of $1,000,000 for educational and other need-based purposes.

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Fairfax, Virginia

  • Stone Circle Capital LLC
  • Stone Circle LLC


Blacksburg, Virginia

  • VT Growth Partners - Va Tech Corporate Research Center


Lake Anna, Virginia

  • Shenandoah Investments LLC


Reston, Virginia

  • LifeDox, Inc.


John Emery
John Emery is the founder and managing partner of Stone Circle

John Emery is the founder and managing partner of Stone Circle Capital.  Formerly, John served as the chief executive officer of Great Wolf Resorts, leading its IPO in 2004.  He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Interstate Hotels and Resorts.  John began his career with Deloitte, a leading audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory company.
In 1998, John formed the Stone Circle Foundation, a nonprofit organization serving women and children in need that has committed more than $1 million to date. A Virginia Tech graduate and CPA, he serves on the Advisory Council for the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business and is a frequent guest lecturer at several Universities.

Joel WIlliams

Joel S. Williams, PhD, CIMA, CFP, is the founder and president of JSW Financial. JSW specializes in assisting wealthy families and privately-held business owners create customized, leading-edge solutions for their wealth and estate plans. JSW is a partner in VT Growth Partners.  For more than 30 years, Dr. Williams has based his success in the financial sector on close client-advisor relationships and a passion for education - both within the company and externally for clients.
At Purdue University, he focused his graduate research thesis on prudent investment strategies. He went on to earn a PhD in economics at the University of Florida. He further expanded his qualifications by earning certification as both a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Investment Management Analyst through the prestigious Wharton School programs. Dr. Williams' passion for education first emerged during his years as a Virginia Tech professor where he taught economics and consulted with agribusiness firms on financial management.
He is a contributing author of the book, Wealth: Enhancement and Preservation and a charter member of Advisors in Philanthropy and InknowVision. In 1997, Dr. Williams became independent after working with Dean Witter and founding Joel S. Williams & Associates. The firm has grown into JSW that leverages the power of connective wisdom to provide unparalleled access to specific expertise and capabilities needed to help business owners add value to their business and affluent families achieve their life goals.


Jim Kelly

Jim Kelly is a partner in the Hickory Ridge Group focusing on medical/technology opportunities. Hickory Ridge Group is a partner in VT Growth Partners that advises companies in the Virginia Tech environment.
For three years previously he was president and CEO of Flight Explorer, a software and IT solutions provider to the global aviation community. A former pilot, Kelly turned the ten-year-old company from a significant loss to profitability while doubling revenue and implementing an exit strategy resulting in the company's acquisition by Sabre Holdings.
As the founder of SynXis, the leading hotel reservation management software provider, and its telecom spin-off Innovectra, Mr. Kelly served for eight years as president and CEO. Edison Venture Fund acquired Innovectra in 2003 and Sabre acquired SynXis in 2005.
Kelly is a former Vice President, International, of BDM, an 8,000-person technical services firm now a part of Northrop Grumman. He previously served as International Programs Vice President at SAIC and before that was Deputy Assistant Secretary, Economic Policy, Africa the Near East and South Asia under Secretary Malcolm Baldrige in the second Reagan administration.


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