COVID-19 has changed the business landscape dramatically. Small and medium-sized businesses are taking major hits every day and many fear that they may not fully recover once the pandemic ends.

About the Interview

In this episode of Hilary Topper On Air, Hilary interviews Brett Hickey, Founder & CEO of Star Mountain Capital – a specialized asset management firm exclusively focused on investing in established U.S. based small and medium-sized businesses.

Brett discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is negatively affecting all of us, but especially small and medium-sized businesses. He speaks about what he is currently seeing and predictions for what’s to come as it pertains to the business landscape. He will also talk about the most impacted industries during this time and what risks business owners should consider in loan/fixed income investment strategies. Brett will also touch upon how businesses like his can help during this time.

About Brett Hickey

Brett has been structuring, analyzing and managing private equity, mezzanine and U.S. Government-sponsored investment funds for over a decade. Prior to launching Star Mountain Capital, he was the Co-Founder and President of a multi-manager platform including four U.S. state-sponsored small business investment funds. Brett has extensive experience performing due diligence on, selecting and building small business fund managers and has helped structure over a dozen larger funds representing a few billion dollars in assets.

Brett formerly worked as an Investment Banker at Citigroup Global Markets in New York City (fka Salomon Smith Barney) where he covered global Asset Managers and Financial Institutions. In that role, he worked on over $8 billion in completed debt and equity capital raising and restructuring transactions for leading financial institutions including BlackRock, Franklin Templeton, Neuberger-Berman, Nuveen Investments and Eaton Vance. Brett also served as Senior Analyst on the $16.1 billion public merger of the St. Paul Companies, Inc. and Travelers Property Casualty Corp.

He attended Mount Royal College in Calgary, Canada, where he studied business and entrepreneurship while training on the national speed skating team. Brett graduated with Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Owner, President / Manager CEO training and management program for distinguished business owners with a proven track record of successfully building and managing companies. Brett is a former Canadian national gold medalist and North American medalist in speed skating. He has completed numerous other business programs including Building Your Business Through Transformational Leadership & Innovation at the Innovatrium on the University of Michigan’s campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a frequent guest lecturer on industry panels and at academic institutions. A selection of interviews can be found on The Lead Left and PE Hub.

About Star Mountain Capital

Star Mountain Capital is a specialized asset management firm exclusively focused on investing in established U.S. based small and medium-sized businesses, also referred to as the lower middle-market, by providing (1) debt and equity directly into established operating companies and (2) making and purchasing fund positions from other investors, referred to as secondary market investing. Star Mountain provides many strategic resources and relationships beyond its capital to help businesses maximize their long-term potentials. To contact Brett or learn more about Star Mountain Capital, visit Or, you can check out their Youtube channel at


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