Brett Hickey

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Brett Hickey
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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[edit]

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.[1] He graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with distinction (major in finance and concentration in accounting).[2]

Hickey is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management program, a three-year executive program for business executives and owners.[1][3]


Hickey began his career as an investment banking Analyst at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup Global Markets in New York City, working in the financial institutions coverage group.[1]

In 2010, Hickey founded the New York City-based Star Mountain Capital, LLC, and has acted as Chief Executive Officer since inception.[4][5] 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.[2][6][7] He joined BNN Bloomberg to discuss alternative investing and Star Mountain’s investment strategy.

Board memberships[edit]

  • Former Board of Governors for the Small Business Investor Alliance (SBIA)[8]
  • 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[3]
  • Board of McGill University Alumni Association of NY

Philanthropy, accolades and awards[edit]

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).[9]

Hickey has participated in multiple athletic fundraising events that have benefited cancer research organizations including The Terry Fox Foundation,[10] Achilles International, and Cycle for Survival.[11]

Hickey is a frequent industry speaker at various international conferences and forums including the Milken Institute Global Conference 2017,[12] Private Debt European Forum,[13] and iGlobal Forum's 5th Independent Sponsors Summit.[14]

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. [15]

Personal life[edit]

Hickey was born in Canada. His parents were both schoolteachers and his mother died from cancer when he was six years old.[1] He is married and resides in New York City with his wife and son.


  1. ^ a b c d Butcher, Dan (October 27, 2016). "A Champion Speed Skater and Ex-Investment Banker is Making Noise on the Buy Side". Prosper Stories. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Power Lunch with Mitchell Scherzer, BCom'84, CFO Hearst Corporation (New York alumni branch)". McGill University. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Chapter Co-Chairs". Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Form ADV". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. July 27, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ "KITE Invest and Star Mountain Capital LLC examine what makes an investment appealing". KITE Invest. January 29, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ "2016 Agenda". Southern Capital Forum. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Speaker profile". Private Debt Investor. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ "2015 – 2016 SBIA Board of Governors". Small Business Investor Alliance. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Guiding Star Awardees". AYUDA for the Arts. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ "The Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research". Terry Fox Run NYC. Terry Fox Run. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Cycle for Survival at Equinox". Memorial Sloan Kettering. Retrieved February 28, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Global Conference 2017 Speaker: Brett Hickey". Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  13. ^ "Brett Hickey | Private Debt European Forum Speaker". Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  14. ^ "iGlobal Forum | Develop Connections - 5th Independent Sponsors Summit". Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  15. ^ "Star Mountain Capital, LLC - 2017 New York SmartCEO Future 50 Award Winner". Retrieved 2017-02-28. 

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