Star Mountain Capital Adds Susan Starr, Full-Time Director of Talent, Yale Graduate and Former D-1 Football Player, as Director of Talent and Human Resources to Strengthen Its Thought Leadership and Capabilities in the Poorly Lower Middle Market served

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Star Mountain Capital, LLC (“Star Mountain”), a specialty investment manager, with approximately $3 billion in assets under management, focused exclusively on investing in small and mid-sized privately-held companies based in America North), is pleased to announce the arrival of Susan Starr as Director of Talent and Human Resources. Ms. Starr brings strong talent management and human resources skills with approximately 15 years of experience in the financial services and sports industries. Prior to joining Star Mountain, Ms. Starr helped found two fast-growing investment companies, one in insurance, which sold to Tokio Marine Group for $3.1 billion. and the other in the area of ​​quantitative investing.

In addition to her experience recruiting and developing talent with investment firms, her diverse skillset includes being a starting squad Division 1 football player and winning member of the Ivy Championship. League at Yale University and directing the operations of a Division 1 college football program at Fairfield University. “We believe Susan’s skills, experience and culture make her a great addition to the Star Mountain family,” said Star Mountain Founder and CEO Brett Hickey. “In many verticals, Susan is used to fast-paced, competitive, goal-driven cultures where she has thrived and enjoys helping others thrive.

“Team, culture and shareholder alignment are important parts of Star Mountain’s DNA, as we are aligned with each other as an employee-owned company as well as with our investors, being given that 100% of our team shares in the profits we provide to our investors,” said John Polis, Chief Operating Officer of Star Mountain Capital. “Susie’s impressive background will help us further professionalize our talent development, including through our year-round paid internship program.

“I am thrilled to join such a caliber and forward-thinking organization,” said Ms. Starr. “The investor-centric success team and culture at Star Mountain is evident and I am excited to leverage my experience to add value.

Ms. Starr has extensive recruitment experience, having helped hire over 100 employees for leading investment and insurance firms through on-campus and lateral hiring strategies.

Ms. Starr was most recently head of talent acquisition at Five Rings, a proprietary quantitative trading firm that leverages sophisticated mathematical models and cutting-edge technology to generate investment strategies. In this role, she focused on senior and junior recruiting, including developing and managing an on-campus recruiting strategy.

Prior to Five Rings, Ms. Starr was head of campus recruiting at PURE Insurance, a member-owned insurance company that Tokio Marine Group acquired in 2019 for $3.1 billion. She analyzed sourcing tools and recruitment processes, implemented the use of marketing campaigns through digital platforms, evaluated compensation packages and created a formal onboarding program and retention strategy.

Ms. Starr began her career as an assistant soccer coach at Fairfield University, where she ran all operations for the Division One college soccer program. She then joined Chelsea Piers Connecticut as Director of Partnerships and Sponsorships where she oversaw all corporate partnerships/sponsorships and identified strategic initiatives to provide incremental revenue with existing and new business relationships. She was also the head coach of the Connecticut Soccer/Football Club. At the same time, she found and managed all aspects of their competitive soccer club, Chelsea Piers Soccer Club, which is now home to over 400 boys and girls soccer players aged 8-18. She is still actively coaching their 2006 regional women’s team (U16).

Ms. Starr is a graduate of Yale University where she was a member of the women’s soccer team and received the Mellon Forum for Senior Research Fellowship in Gujarat, India. She earned an MBA from Fairfield University.


With approximately $3 billion in assets under management (as of April 30, 2022), Star Mountain takes a data-driven approach to investing in the North American lower middle market through two complementary investment strategies: (i) direct debt and equity investment and (ii) secondary (acquisition of LP interests and direct assets). Star Mountain believes these complementary strategies provide scalable and diversified access for its institutional and high net worth investors to established small and medium-sized companies that typically generate at least $15 million in annual revenue. The 100% employee-owned Star Mountain team and Collaborative ecosystem® offers distinctive value to lower middle market businesses as a flexible capital solution partner.

From 2010 through April 2022, Star Mountain has made 150 direct investments in U.S. small and midsize companies and 29 secondary/fund investments within its Collaborative ecosystem®, exclusively focused on the North American lower-middle market. One of Star Mountain’s specialties is to seek cash income and returns for investors that are significantly higher than typical returns found in public markets through its distinctive origination, underwriting and value-added lending capabilities. .

Star Mountain believes its focus and dedication has paid off in job creation and economic development. Star Mountain is dedicated to this vast market of underserved enterprises specifically designed to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of these enterprises. As part of its commitment, Star Mountain has registered a trademark Investing in America’s Engine of Growth®.

As part of its ESG (environmental, social and governance) program, Star Mountain’s Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, focuses on improving lives through economic development, including the job creation, health and well-being and cancer research. Notable assignments include helping veterans and women find high-quality career opportunities at small and medium-sized businesses across the country, including within the Star Mountain portfolio.

For the third year in a row, Star Mountain has again been named one of the 2021 Best Places to Work by Crain’s New York Business as well as by Pensions and investments highlighting the company’s focus on culture and community.

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Crain’s two-part survey process assessed each nominated company’s policies, practices, philosophy, systems and workplace demographics. The second part was an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Star Mountain shall pay fees to Crain’s solely for survey collection purposes. Detailed eligibility criteria can be found here:

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