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Star Mountain Capital: Pioneering Investment Expertise & USF Partnership in Tampa

September 12, 2023

Star Mountain Capital, a ~$3.5 billion AUM ( committed capital including debt facilities as of 8/31/23) specialized U.S. lower middle-market investment management firm, is proud to be the permanent founding corporate partner of the University of South Florida Investment Club, the largest student-run finance organization in the Southeast United States with ~2,100 members. The Investment Club recently hosted an event with Star Mountain as the school year began, attended by 246 students, which marked the largest event the club has held since inception.  Austin Ericson, Legal Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, and Nicholas Kodati, Vice President, shared information about the market, the finance industry as well as their experience working at a specialized investment management firm focused on the lower-middle market.

Star Mountain is 100% employee-owned and 100% of U.S. full-time employees share in the investment profits across 120+ team members and senior advisors/operating partners. Star Mountain’s specialty is helping grow privately-owned businesses that have at least $15 million of annual revenues and under $50 million of EBITDA both organically and through acquisitions,. Star Mountain has closed 200+ direct investments and 40+ secondary / fund investments since its inception.

Star Mountain recently opened its office in Tampa, now the 2nd largest of its 11 offices nationwide after its headquarters in New York City. Middle Market Growth Magazine spoke with Founder & CEO of Star Mountain, Brett Hickey, about his decision to open Star Mountain’s new office in this part of Florida. “We’ve found that both junior and senior employees who’ve moved there have been very happy with the city. It’s also a quick flight to New York and an easy day trip.” Star Mountain’s data-driven approach to narrowing down locations accounting for factors such as commute times, the attainability of a high-quality, cost-effective lifestyle for team members at all levels, and the number of universities with younger talent graduating in the immediate area proved important factors in making Tampa the best fit for Star Mountain.

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