who we are


Star Mountain has a highly aligned full-time team of 40+ professionals, many of which have held leadership roles at some of the world’s leading financial institutions.

Experienced Senior Executive Team Includes:

  • President of Credit Suisse First Boston and Head of Credit Suisse Alternative Investments ($100bn AUM)
  • Founding Chief Risk Officer of GSO / Blackstone and Chief Risk Officer of Credit Suisse Alternative Investments
  • Co-Head of BAML Capital Partners and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity
  • Head of U.S. Leveraged Loan Capital Markets at Merrill Lynch

Many team members have working relationships spanning over 20 years.

The Firm is 100% employee owned with 100% of the full-time team participating in the profits of our funds furthering the culture focused on maximizing both capital protection and returns.

In addition to its full-time team, the Firm is supported by 35+ Senior Advisors / Operating Partners across the United States who assist with relationships, resources and industry knowledge.


Brett Hickey CEO of Star Mountain Capital

Brett A. Hickey

Chief Executive Officer
  • ~20 years of U.S. LMM private equity, private credit and secondary fund investment experience
  • Salomon Smith Barney / Citigroup FIG Investment Banker, analyzing & advising on buying & selling $18bn of assets / finance companies
  • Global board of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs and YPO member
READ FULL BIO Brett A. Hickey
Brian Finn of Star Mountain Capital

Brian D. Finn

Non-Executive Chairman
  • Head, Credit Suisse Alternatives ($100bn AUM)
  • President of Credit Suisse First Boston and Co-Head Global M&A
  • Active investor and board member in complementary asset management firms including CEO of Rotor Acquisition Corp.

Stephen B. Paras, CFA

Managing Director & Chief Credit Officer
  • 30+ years of leveraged finance experience, underwriting over $50bn in event-driven financings
  • MD & Head of U.S. & EMEA Leveraged Loan Capital Markets, Merrill Lynch and BAML, respectively
  • Merrill Lynch and BAML Leveraged Finance Commitment Committees, Merrill Lynch Mezzanine Investment and MD Nomination Committees
READ FULL BIO Stephen B. Paras, CFA

Christopher J. Birosak

Chairman of Investment Committee
  • Co-Head of BAML Capital Partners and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity
  • Co-Led the spin out and management of the $6bn PE portfolio of Merrill Lynch
  • MD & Commitment Committee, Merrill Lynch Leveraged Finance; Led $15bn in leveraged financings
READ FULL BIO Christopher J. Birosak
Anne Yang of Star Mountain Capital

Anne Yang

Strategic Portfolio Manager & ESG Committee Member
  • MD & Member of the Executive Office, Goldman Sachs
  • Managing Director, Bank of America and Citigroup
  • Merchant Banking Group, including leveraged buyouts, First Boston

Harry E. Haskins

Non-Executive Investment Committee Member
  • Chairman of Licensing Division & Investment Committee Member at U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) SBIC Program
  • Oversaw 80-person team & invested ~$18bn via SBIC funds into U.S. LMM companies across 15 years
  • Head of Loan Restructuring, U.S. Maritime Administration
READ FULL BIO Harry E. Haskins

Todd Benson

Non-Executive Investment Committee Member
  • CEO, Herington LLC; Investor, advisor and/or board member in multiple LMM & growth-stage companies
  • Global Co-Head, Citigroup Private Equity ($11bn AUM) including mezzanine & secondary investing
  • MD, Salomon Smith Barney / Citigroup, Media & Communications Investment Banking
Lev Borodovsky

Dr. Lev Borodovsky

Chief Risk Officer
  • Founding Chief Risk Officer, GSO / Blackstone
  • Chief Risk Officer, Credit Suisse Alternatives
  • Author of The Daily Shot, a graphical macro/markets newsletter (formerly published by the Wall Street Journal)
READ FULL BIO Dr. Lev Borodovsky

Christopher J. Gimbert

Chief Financial Officer
  • Founder, U.S. LMM Interim CFO Advisory Business
  • KPMG M&A Advisory assisting with acquisition integration and performance improvements
  • Merrill Lynch Alternative Investments, including Manager Due Diligence
READ FULL BIO Christopher J. Gimbert

Jaspal Bajaj, CPA, CA

Controller & Chief Compliance Officer
  • SVP, Finance / Operations, CAIS ($3bn alternative investment platform)
  • CFO, MTB ($1bn revenue operating company)
  • Associate Director, UBS Global Asset Management; Fund Services, PwC Financial Services

John W. Polis

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer
  • COO & CTO, Visionary LMM Advisory Business
  • COO & CTO, Guidepoint Global & Coleman Investor Research (grew from 5 to 140 employees globally)
  • Chief Information Officer, Parent Co. of GT Interactive Software & helped lead IPO (NASDAQ: GTIS)

Bruce Eatroff

Managing Director
  • Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Halyard Capital, lower middle-market PE firm (~$600mm AUM)
  • Head of U.S. Media/Communications, Merchant, Investment & Corporate Banking + Investment Committee for fund, mezz & private equity, BMO
  • Investment Banking Managing Director at CIBC and UBS & Vice President at Goldman Sachs
READ FULL BIO Bruce Eatroff

David J. DiPaolo

Managing Director
  • ~20 years of U.S. LMM private equity and private credit investment experience
  • Partner, BHC LMM Credit Fund (founded by head of Barclay’s North America Credit; $400mm AUM)
  • LMM Investment Banker, Janney Montgomery Scott
READ FULL BIO David J. DiPaolo

Bob Shettle

Managing Director
  • ~30 years of experience investing senior debt, junior debt, private equity and making fund investments
  • Co-Head of North American Private Finance at Barings ($325 billion AUM subsidiary of MassMutual) and Chairman of mezzanine and private debt investment committees
  • VP in commercial lending at Fleet Bank (BofA)
Chris Goodwin of Star Mountain Capital

Chris Goodwin

Managing Director
  • Completed over $6.5bn of private equity and credit investments as Co-Head of U.S. Merchant Banking, BNP Paribas (~$2tn in AUM)
  • President and CFO of two U.S. LMM companies
  • Director of Financial Services and Corporate Platforms, Hudson Advisors (division of Lone Star Funds, $25bn AUM)
READ FULL BIO Chris Goodwin

Ryan T. McGovern

Managing Director
  • ~20 years of private equity and private credit investment experience
  • Partner, Nomura Mezzanine ($500mm AUM); Investment Manager, AIG-MezzVest ($750mm AUM)
  • Investment Banker, HSBC and Stephens Inc.
READ FULL BIO Ryan T. McGovern

John McCarty

Managing Director
  • 20+ years of U.S. LMM investment banking, private equity and private credit investment experience
  • Partner, Peachtree LMM Credit Fund (Goldman Sachs-backed spinout from Wachovia; $170mm AUM)
  • Investment Banker, DLJ / Credit Suisse and Banc of America Securities

Jonathan P. Barnes

Managing Director
  • 20+ years of private equity, public equities and investment banking experience
  • Partner at Halyard Capital, lower middle-market PE firm (~$600mm AUM)
  • Investment Banker, Morgan Stanley
READ FULL BIO Jonathan P. Barnes

John Ide

Managing Director
  • 30+ years of corporate banking, lending, private credit, private equity and investment experience
  • Managing Director and member of Strategic Client Group advising some of the largest and most sophisticated clients at JPMorgan Asset Management ($2+ trillion AUM)
  • Credit Analyst, Bank One (now JPMorgan Chase)

Bridgit Chiappetta

Client Services & Business Development
  • Office, Portfolio Company & Investor Communications Administrator, Halyard Capital
  • Events and Executive Assistant - Investment and Corporate Banking, BMO and CIBC
  • Events and Executive Assistant - Investment and Corporate Banking, UBS
READ FULL BIO Bridgit Chiappetta

Christina Chiaino

Client Services & Office Manager
  • Over 15 years of C-suite / senior level management experience in overseeing complex organizational matters in a broad range of industries
  • Office Manager & Executive Assistant, Siemens Healthineers
  • Premier Services Division, HSBC
READ FULL BIO Christina Chiaino
Director Stephan Connelly

Stephan Connelly

  • Senior Associate, Newbury Partners Secondaries Investment Firm ($5bn AUM)
  • Associate, Structured Products, PwC
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
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