Having completed over $6 billion in private equity and private credit investments, Chris Goodwin, former Managing Director & Co-Head of BNP Paribas Merchant Banking Group and current Operating Partner at Star Mountain Capital, has expanded his role to full-time Managing Director and has established Star Mountain’s Dallas office, expanding coverage of Texas and the Southwest.
Star Mountain Capital, LLC ("Star Mountain"), an investment manager focused exclusively on the large, underserved U.S. lower middle-market, is pleased to announce that Chris Goodwin has expanded his role from Operating Partner to Managing Director and has opened Star Mountain’s Dallas office. With over thirty years of complementary experience as a leveraged finance banker, private equity investor and C-level operating executive, Mr. Goodwin brings a diverse skill set and a vast network to Star Mountain's focus on value-added debt and equity investing in established U.S. small and medium-size businesses.
"We are delighted to have one of our operating partners expand his role and become full-time," said Brett Hickey, Star Mountain Capital Founder & CEO. "A Texas native, Chris has extensive operating and investment experience and relationships from a 30+ year career based in Dallas and will deepen Star Mountain’s network of relationship and investment activities in Texas and the broader region. An experienced operating executive, he will help Star Mountain continue to provide value to portfolio company investments by helping business owners strategize and execute organic and strategic acquisition growth plans to achieve success."
"My career has been focused on supporting the growth of lower middle-market businesses as both a capital provider and operator," said Chris Goodwin. "Star Mountain's flexible and customizable capital and ability to add operating expertise through its impressive Collaborative Ecosystem® of Senior Advisors and Operating Partners make the firm distinctively positioned to capitalize on this segment of the market. I am excited to expand my role with Star Mountain and look forward to further supporting the growth of private, established and growing small and medium-sized businesses in the Southwest."
Over the course of his career, Mr. Goodwin has originated, underwritten and managed over $6 billion of complex debt and equity investments across a broad spectrum of industries. For 15 years, Mr. Goodwin was successively promoted through a number of roles with BNP Paribas, culminating as Co-Head of the Merchant Banking Group. In addition, Mr. Goodwin served as Director, Financial Services and Corporate Platforms for Hudson Advisors, the captive asset management firm for Lone Star Funds (a global investment firm with approximately $25 billion in assets under management). Recently, Mr. Goodwin combined his private investment acumen and operational skills serving as President, COO and CFO of several established small and medium-sized U.S. private businesses where he completed numerous strategic initiatives including acquisitions. Mr. Goodwin was also Vice President at The Fuji Bank where he was responsible for originating and executing leveraged finance opportunities with private equity investors in the Southwest. He began his banking career with Mbank (now part of JP Morgan Chase).
Mr. Goodwin earned a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin.
Star Mountain, which recently completed its 100th investment in 2020, was again named Best Places to Work by Pensions & Investments and one of the 2020 Best Places to Work by Crain’s New York Business highlighting the firms focus on culture and community.
ABOUT STAR MOUNTAIN
As of December, with approximately $1.5 billion in assets under management, Star Mountain takes a data-driven approach to investing into the U.S. lower middle-market through two complementary investment strategies: (i) direct investing and (ii) secondaries (acquiring 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 businesses that generally have at least $15 million in annual revenues.
Since 2010, Star Mountain has made over 90 direct investments in U.S. small and medium-sized businesses and over 20 secondaries / fund investments within its Collaborative Ecosystem ®, exclusively focused on the U.S. lower middle-market. With over 75 team members (including advisors/operating partners) across six offices nationwide, Star Mountain believes its focus and dedication has been productive for job creation and economic development. Star Mountain is dedicated to this large market of underserved businesses purpose-built to address the challenges and opportunities of these companies. As part of its commitment, Star Mountain has trademarked Investing in the Growth Engine of America ®.
As part of its ESG program (Environmental, Social and Governance), Star Mountain’s Charitable Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 focuses on improving lives through economic development, including job creation, health & wellness and cancer research. Notable missions include helping match veterans and women with high quality small and medium-sized business career opportunities across the country, including within Star Mountain’s portfolio.
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