To add additional value to both investors and the companies / funds we invest in, Star Mountain has strategically developed an aligned team of 30+ Senior Advisors & Operating Partners.

These individuals have distinctive experience, relationships and capabilities to assist Star Mountain’s comprehensive full-time team.

Thoughtfully located across many cities within the United States, they assist with relationships, resources and industry knowledge to help optimize results for Star Mountain portfolio investments and investors alike.

Our aligned network includes personal capital invested and a share in the investment profits.

Executive backgrounds include former:

  • Partner & Co-Head of the Global Industrials Group at Goldman Sachs
  • Chairperson of the Board of Shire (a $45 billion publicly traded global pharmaceutical company)
  • General Counsel of the U.S. Government’s Small Business Administration (SBA) and Investment Committee Member of the SBA’s SBIC program
  • Managing Directors at leading restructuring firm, Alvarez & Marsal
  • Washington State Treasurer & Chairman of Washington State Investment Board
  • Chief Credit Officer of Fitch Ratings
  • Managing Director at BlackRock
  • CEO of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA)

Senior Advisors

Maury Bradsher

Senior Advisor (Washington D.C.)
  • 25 years of private equity and operating company experience
  • Chairman & CEO of District Equity, a private equity firm serving the defense, healthcare and cyber-security industries.
  • Founder of Azimuth Business Solutions, a systems engineering and software development firm
READ FULL BIO Maury Bradsher

Deirdre Breakenridge

Senior Advisor (New York)
  • CEO, Pure Performance Communications & PR Strategist
  • Executive Media & Presentation Trainer
  • Seven-time Published business Book Author
  • University Professor & LinkedIn Learning Instructor
READ FULL BIO Deirdre Breakenridge

Tom Brust

Senior Advisor (Greenwich, CT)
  • Former U.S. Naval Officer with 25+ years of operations, consulting and business development experience across a broad range of industries
  • Former Head of Business Development - Americas at TowersWatson (now WillsTowersWatson)
  • Former Vice President at Prudential Financial

Mary D’Souza

Senior Advisor (New York)
  • 25 years of capital markets, private and public capital investing with $15+ bn in completed transactions
  • CFO of a pharmaceutical company and CIO of a family office
  • Former MD at GE Capital

Stephen J. Dondero

Senior Advisor (New York)
  • MD, Aegis Capital Group
  • Head of High Yield Research, BMO Capital Markets
READ FULL BIO Stephen J. Dondero
Erik Falk

Erik Falk

Senior Advisor (Chicago region)
  • Senior Executive at Magnetar Capital
  • Former Global Head of Private Credit, KKR
  • Former Global Head of Special Situations, Deutsche Bank
Peter Freire

Peter Freire

Senior Advisor (Washington, DC)
  • Former CEO of the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA)
  • Former Managing Director and Executive Committee Member, World Economic Forum (WEF)
READ FULL BIO Peter Freire
Stephen Fromm of Star Mountain Capital

Stephen Fromm

Senior Advisor (New York)
  • Vice Chairman of TigerRisk Capital Markets & Advisory
  • Vice Chairman of the Financial Institutions Group
  • Head of Americas Insurance at Deutsche Bank
READ FULL BIO Stephen Fromm

Curtis Glovier

Senior Advisor (New York, NY)
  • Chairman and CEO, PENSCO Trust Company; Senior Executive Vice President Opus Bank
  • Managing Director, Fortress Investment Group
  • Board Member, Retirement Industry Trade Association
READ FULL BIO Curtis Glovier

David A. Javdan

Senior Advisor (Washington, D.C.)
  • MD, Alvarez & Marsal
  • SBIC Investment Committee Member
  • General Counsel, Small Business Administration
READ FULL BIO David A. Javdan

Thomas Jones

Senior Advisor (New York)
  • Group Co-Head and Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal
  • Former Head of Corporate Lending in the U.S., JP Morgan
  • Board Member, National Humanities Center
READ FULL BIO Thomas Jones
James Marlas of Star Mountain Capital

James Marlas

Senior Advisor (New York)
  • Founder & Chairman, Union Capital
  • Chairman & CEO, Mickelberry Communications
READ FULL BIO James Marlas

Nancy McAllister

Senior Advisor (New York)
  • Managing Director & Co-Head, Credit Suisse FIG for Americas
  • Managing Director & Co-Head, Lehman Brothers Depository Institutions Coverage
READ FULL BIO Nancy McAllister

James McIntire

Senior Advisor (Seattle, WA)
  • Former Washington State Treasurer & Chairman of State Investment Board
  • Immediate Past President of the National Association of State Treasurers
READ FULL BIO James McIntire

Jay Meschke

Senior Advisor (Kansas City, MO)
  • President of EFL Associates and CBIZ Talent & Compensation Solutions
  • University of Kansas School of Business Board of Advisors

John Olert

Senior Advisor (New York)
  • 30 years of financial services experience
  • Former Chief Credit Officer, Chief Compliance Officer & Global Head of Structured Credit at Fitch Ratings
  • Former roles at MetLife & Chase Manhattan Bank
Bill Papp of Star Mountain Capital

Bill Papp

Senior Advisor (Boston, MA)
  • Former Vice Chairman of the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) Board of Directors
  • Pacific Premier Trust Company; Regional Manager; Alternatives
Dr Anthony Pesco of Star Mountain Capital

Dr. Anthony Pesco

Senior Advisor (New York)
  • Deputy Head, Strategic Risk Management, Credit Suisse
  • Global Head of Derivatives, Credit Suisse
  • Global Head of Derivative Products, Santander Investments
READ FULL BIO Dr. Anthony Pesco
Bruce Pfau

Dr. Bruce Pfau

Senior Advisor (New York)
  • Vice Chair, Human Resources & Communications, KPMG
  • Human Capital Consulting, Willis Tower Watson
READ FULL BIO Dr. Bruce Pfau
Douglas Waggoner

Douglas Waggoner

Senior Advisor (Palm Beach, FL)
  • 40 years of financial and executive management experience
  • Former Managing Director and Head of the US and Canada Institutional Client Business, BlackRock
  • Finance Advisory Board Member at University of Nebraska College of Business
READ FULL BIO Douglas Waggoner
Mark Weisdorf of Star Mountain Capital

Mark Weisdorf

Senior Advisor (New York)
  • Global CIO & CEO, JPMorgan Asset Management Infrastructure Investments Group
  • Head of Private Markets, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
READ FULL BIO Mark Weisdorf

Operating Partners

Leslie Barrett of Star Mountain Capital

Leslie Barrett

Technology & Machine Learning Advisor (New York)
  • Senior Software Engineer, Bloomberg LP
  • Director of Search Technology, The Ladders, Inc.
READ FULL BIO Leslie Barrett
Mehrzad Emanuel of Star Mountain Capital

Mehrzad Emanuel

Environmental Services & Logistics Advisor (Los Angeles)
  • Head of Filtration Division, BakerCorp
  • Founder & President, Cameron Environmental Inc. (CEI)
  • Advisor, TYLT Venture
READ FULL BIO Mehrzad Emanuel
Jack Finlayson

Jack M. Finlayson

Telecom & Communications Advisor (Charleston, SC)
  • Chairman & CEO, Layered Technologies
  • President & COO, SAVVIS Inc.
READ FULL BIO Jack M. Finlayson
Stanley Friedman

Stanley K. Friedman

Team, Culture & Human Resources Management (New York)
  • MD & CHRO, Fortress Investment Group
  • Global Head of HR, Amaranth
READ FULL BIO Stanley K. Friedman
Mark Froehlich of Star Mountain Capital

Mark Froehlich

Operating Partner (Birmingham, AL)
  • Founder & Principal of Impact Partners Global
  • Former Treasurer of Thompson Tractor Company
  • Former Vice President of Thompson Investments
READ FULL BIO Mark Froehlich
Billy Goldstein of Star Mountain Capital

Billy Goldstein

Telecom & Communications Advisor (New York)
  • MD, Co-Head of Global Satellite, & Head of Wireless Tower Sectors, Goldman Sachs
  • Head of North American Telecom, Macquarie Capital
READ FULL BIO Billy Goldstein

Joyce Hrinya

Operating Partner (Kansas City, MO)
  • Founder & Managing Partner of A & R Strategy Partners
  • Managing Director & Operating Partner at Z Capital Partners
  • CEO for Famous Brands International
READ FULL BIO Joyce Hrinya
Isaiah Kacyvenski

Isaiah Kacyvenski

Media and Sports Advisor (Boston, MA)
  • Founder & Managing Partner, Will Ventures
  • Co-Founder and Former Managing Director, Sports Innovation Lab
  • Former Professional Athlete in the NFL (3-time Captain of the Seattle Seahawks)
READ FULL BIO Isaiah Kacyvenski
Jonathan Kahn of Star Mountain Capital

Jonathan E. Kahn

Manufacturing & Operating Advisor (Chicago, IL)
  • CEO, AgriFiber Solutions LLC
  • Founder, Geneva Wood Fuels (now known as, Lignetics of Maine, LLC)
READ FULL BIO Jonathan E. Kahn
Michael Kalen of Star Mountain Capital

Michael Kalen

Insurance & Financial Services Advisor (Hartford, CT)
  • CEO of Covr Financial Technologies
  • President & CEO of Futurity First Financial Corp.
  • Board of Directors, Phoenix Life Insurance Company
READ FULL BIO Michael Kalen

Susan Kilsby

Healthcare & Consumer Advisor (Sarasota, FL)
  • Director of Diageo, Unilever, BHP, Fortune Brands Home and Security
  • Former Chairman of Shire plc
  • Former Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse
READ FULL BIO Susan Kilsby
Brad Kime of Star Mountain Capital

Brad Kime

Fintech Advisor (New York)
  • SVP of Channel and Alliances, Upserve
  • Chief Strategy Officer, LendKey
  • Chairman, OnDeck
Miles Lee of Star Mountain Capital

Miles Lee

Business Services Advisor (Louisville, KY)
  • CEO, Alliance Cost Containment
  • 20+ years of executive strategic sourcing and group purchasing experience
George Mattson

George Mattson

Industrials Advisor (West Palm Beach, FL)
  • Former Partner & Co-head of the Global Industrials Group, Goldman Sachs
  • Co-Chairman, NextGen Acquisition Corp.
  • Board of Directors: Delta Air Lines, Air France KLM, & Virgin Galatic
READ FULL BIO George Mattson
Wendell Reilly

Wendell Reilly

Media & Insurance Advisor (Atlanta, GA)
  • Chairman, Berman Capital Advisors
  • Partner, Peachtree Capital Partners
  • CFO, Haas Publishing Co. & Lamar Advertising
READ FULL BIO Wendell Reilly
Stefanie Shelley of Star Mountain Capital

Stefanie Shelley

Brand, Marketing & PR/Corporate Communications Advisor (New York)
  • Former Global CMO & Head of PR/Corporate Communications at Broadridge Financial Solutions
READ FULL BIO Stefanie Shelley
Salem Shuchman of Star Mountain Capital

Salem Shuchman

Operating Partner (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Founder & Managing Partner, Entrepreneur Partners
  • Senior Partner, Apax Partners
READ FULL BIO Salem Shuchman
Yacov Wrocherinsky of Star Mountain Capital

Yacov Wrocherinsky

Technology Advisor (New York)
  • Founder & CEO, Orion Global Solution
  • Founder, Infinity Info Systems
READ FULL BIO Yacov Wrocherinsky