Brett Hickey (born 1978) is a Canadian-American entrepreneur, businessman, private equity investor and philanthropist. In 2010, he founded Star Mountain Capital, LLC, an investment management firm focused on the U.S. small and medium-sized business marketplace. As of June 30, 2016 the firm had over $500 million in assets under management.
Early life and education
Hickey worked on drilling rigs in Alberta, Canada for Nabors Industries prior to attending college. He attended Mount Royal College in Calgary, studying economics and entrepreneurship. While living in Calgary, he was a speed skater on the Canadian National Training team. He graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with distinction (major in finance and concentration in accounting).
In 2010, Hickey founded the New York City-based Star Mountain Capital, LLC, and has acted as Chief Executive Officer since inception. He frequently speaks on private equity panels, at events and in academic institutions across the country about entrepreneurship and investing in the lower middle-market. He joined BNN Bloomberg to discuss alternative investing and Star Mountain’s investment strategy.
- Former 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
- Board of McGill University Alumni Association of NY
Philanthropy, accolades and awards
Hickey is the founder of Star Mountain Charitable Foundation. He has received multiple recognitions for his efforts including the Philanthropic Achievement Award from A Caring Hand (the Billy Esposito Foundation); Shinnyo-en Foundation's Pathfinders to Peace Award alongside Morgan Freeman, Mira Sorvino and Marc Ecko; Guiding Star local service award from the Alliance for Young Urban Design and the Arts (AYUDA).
Hickey has participated in multiple athletic fundraising events that have benefited cancer research organizations including The Terry Fox Foundation, Achilles International, and Cycle for Survival.
Hickey is a frequent industry speaker at various international conferences and forums including the Milken Institute Global Conference 2017, Private Debt European Forum, and iGlobal Forum's 5th Independent Sponsors Summit.
In March 2017, Brett Hickey is honored to be featured on SmartCEO's Future 50 Awards, with Star Mountain Capital being recognized as one of NYC's fastest growing mid-sized companies. 
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