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Brett Hickey
Founder & CEO at Star Mountain Capital


Brett Hickey is the Founder & CEO of Star Mountain Capital, LLC, an approximately $1.5 billion AUM specialized U.S. lower middle-market investment firm. Star Mountain employs a data-driven approach to provide value-added debt and equity capital to established small and medium-sized companies leveraging its large market expertise, scale-driven resources, and longstanding relationships.

With over 40 team members and 35 senior advisors / operating partners, Star Mountain brings large market resources and expertise to help business owners maximize value. Star Mountain's team include former senior executives from GSO / Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, and Citigroup. Star Mountain is focused exclusively on the U.S. lower middle-market by investing debt and equity directly into established operating companies, making strategic investments into fund managers and purchasing secondary direct and fund positions.

Star Mountain's in-house technology team has built proprietary systems with the goal of maximizing value for investors and business owners alike. Star Mountain is a trademarked brand and has also trademarked "Investing in the Growth Engine of America ®" as well as Star Mountain's distinctive "Collaborative Ecosystem ®". Star Mountain's Charitable Foundation supports career development for women, veterans, and athletes as well as health & wellness initiatives including cancer research.

Prior to becoming a principal investor starting in the early 2000s, Mr. Hickey was an Investment Banker at Salomon Smith Barney / Citigroup Global Markets in New York City where he covered global Asset Managers and Financial Institutions. In that role, he analyzed asset managers and asset classes, ultimately working on over $20 billion in completed strategic acquisitions and capital raises.

Mr. Hickey's board roles and memberships include NYC and Greenwich chapters of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), global board of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, global board of Help for Children (HFC) and board of the Greenwich YMCA.

Mr. Hickey received a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from McGill University (Finance Major and Accounting Concentration) and completed Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management executive leadership program. He is a frequent guest lecturer on industry panels and at academic institutions. Mr. Hickey is also a former Canadian national gold medalist and North American medalist in speed skating.

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