Founder & CEO @ Star Mountain Capital
Brett Hickey is the Founder & CEO of Star Mountain Capital, LLC, a specialized asset management firm focused exclusively on the lower middle-market as a strategic direct and fund investor. Star Mountain and its portfolio of partner fund managers represent one of the largest non-bank small and medium-sized business debt and equity investment platforms in the U.S. with a portfolio of over 200 companies.
With a unique “Collaborative Ecosystem”, Star Mountain’s specialized business model includes investing (i) directly into high quality, growing private businesses, (ii) as a strategic fund-of-funds investor into other private equity and private credit fund managers, and (iii) as a secondary fund investor helping provide liquidity to other limited and general partners. Star Mountain and its network of aligned portfolio partner fund managers provide companies (generally with $10mm to 150mm of annual revenues) with unparalleled flexible capital solutions, resources and relationships to grow and achieve their businesses objectives.
Previously, Mr. Hickey co-founded and ran a multi-manager platform including 4 in-state small business funds, through which he invested debt and equity capital into U.S. growing small businesses on behalf of large insurance companies. Prior to that, he was an investment banking analyst with Salomon Smith Barney (later Citigroup Global Markets) where he assisted leading financial institutions including insurance companies and asset managers, in over $20 billion of completed debt and equity capital raising, restructuring and merger & acquisition transactions.
Mr. Hickey is very involved and passionate about philanthropy and positive community impact. He is the Founder of the Star Mountain Charitable Foundation, through which he has received multiple recognitions for his efforts including the Pathfinders to Peace Award alongside Morgan Freeman. Board memberships include the Quebec City Conference (members represent approximately $4 trillion of leading institutional investors); Board of Governors for the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA); Member and former Chairman of Networks for the NYC Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO); Board of Harvard University Entrepreneurs Alumni Association of NY; and Board of McGill University Alumni Association of NY (recipient of the President of the Year Award).
Mr. Hickey received a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from McGill University (Finance Major and Accounting Concentration) and graduated from Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program (three year full HBS alumni status executive program for business owners). 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.