Brett Hickey is the Founder & CEO of Star Mountain Capital, a specialized investment firm bringing large market capabilities and resources to established small and medium-sized private businesses. Star Mountain’s distinctive investment platform provides superior information, relationships and resources to the lower middle-market through three complementary verticals: (i) Direct Investments in Businesses, (ii) Strategic Primary Fund Investments (including to SBIC funds), and (iii) Secondary Fund Investments. Star Mountain provides its portfolio companies (generally cash flow positive businesses with $10 million to $150 million of annual revenues) with strategic capital, human resources and relationships to grow and achieve their business objectives. Star Mountain’s unique “Collaborative Ecosystem” includes custom-built technology, an educational and networking events platform, experienced team members who have run multi-billion-dollar investment platforms and over 25 advisors who are former senior executives from firms such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Star Mountain represents one of the largest small and medium-sized business investment platforms in the U.S. with a portfolio of over 200 companies and local investment partners in over 20 cities. Mr. Hickey has been investing in private U.S. small and medium-sized businesses since 2004. Prior to being a principal investor, he was an Investment Banker at Salomon Smith Barney / Citigroup where he covered asset managers and financial institutions. In that role, Mr. Hickey analyzed and underwrote leading fund managers and financial institutions across multiple asset classes, ultimately working on over $20 billion in completed strategic acquisitions and capital raises. 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 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.