When Brett Hickey was working on oil drilling rigs in Alberta, Canada, he probably never dreamed he would someday manage funds worth billions. But he did know he wanted to be an entrepreneur.
So Hickey enrolled at Mount Royal College in Calgary, where he studied economics. He then went on to McGill University in Montreal to major in finance with a concentration in accounting, and he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in commerce. Later, he would graduate from the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School.
But entrepreneurs need to be out in the real world. So Hickey moved to New York City to take a job with Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup Global Markets as an investment banker and analyst. Hickey took on a lot at Salomon Smith Barney. He was the senior analyst on the merger of the St. Paul Companies, Inc. and Travelers Property Casualty Corp, a transaction worth $16.1 billion. He also worked on restructuring and raising capital for top companies, including Franklin Templeton and Nuveen Investments, taking responsibility for over $8 billion.
With this experience in hand, Hickey became the president and co-founder of Aegis Capital Group which concentrated on investing in small and medium-sized businesses. His platform included 4 U.S. state-sponsored investment funds, and he made over 50 investments through them. In 2010, Hickey launched Star Mountain Capital, LLC, based in New York City. Star Mountain also specializes in the U.S. lower-middle market. It offers investors the risk-reward opportunities and diversity available from businesses that are established but not large enough to access U.S. capital markets.
Hickey has brought his due diligence to his Star Mountain team. The company has 20 full-time team members and 25 partners and advisers. Its specialized platform includes local relationships across the country that help find, analyze and manage investments in successful small and medium-sized enterprises. The Star Mountain philosophy promotes building long-term relationships, providing transparency, achieving great returns and building a quality team.
Hickey has always been focused on success, going back to his days as a speed skater in Canada. But he believes in giving back. He started the Star Mountain Charitable Foundation and has been a part of many fundraising events for cancer research, including ones for the Terry Fox Foundation and Cycle for Survival.
Hard work and investing expertise have brought Brett Hickey from the Canadian oil fields to his own field of dreams.