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Webinar | How Private Capital Firms Seek To Utilize Independent Board Members
Tuesday, July 13, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CST
Category: National

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM (Pacific)
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Mountain)
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Central)
03:00 PM - 04:00 PM (Eastern)

Zoom invitation will be shared the day before the event.


Join PDA for a conversation with Brett Hickey, the Founder of Star Mountain Capital, and Anne Yang, one of the firm’s Senior Executives. Star Mountain is a multi-billion-dollar private capital firm – which provides both private debt and private equity financing to businesses – understands the value independent directors bring to portfolio companies.  

Brett and Anne will bring their experience to life by sharing:

  • How independent directors support and enhance Star Mountain portfolio companies.
  • What Star Mountain and other firms look for when searching for independent directors.
  • How to better position yourself as a candidate for a board position with private capital firms like Star Mountain.

The discussion will be moderated by Elaine Vorberg, a member of PDA’s Chicago Chapter, and a partner in the Chicago law firm of McCarthy Duffy.

Thank you to our National and Gold Chapter Sponsors!



Brett Hickey
Founder & CEO
Star Mountain Capital, LLC

Brett Hickey has over 20 years of private investing and investment banking experience with over 15 years spent directly in the U.S. lower middle-market. He has completed over 125 private equity, private credit and secondary fund investments.

Mr. Hickey is the Founder & CEO of Star Mountain Capital, LLC, a multi-billion dollar specialized private investment firm, making loans, private equity investments and secondary fund purchases across its Collaborative Ecosystem® in the lower middle-market. Driven by culture and stakeholder alignment, Star Mountain has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by Crain’s and Pensions & Investments in both 2020 and 2019.

Previously worked as an Investment Banker at Citigroup Global Markets in New York City (formerly known as Salomon Smith Barney) where he completed over $24 billion in transactions for financial institutions.

He graduated with Distinction from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Accounting. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Owner, President / Manager executive training and management program.

Board positions include Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, Help for Children and the YMCA of Greenwich. He is also the Founder & Chairman of the Star Mountain Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) focused on job creation (including for veterans, women and athletes), economic development and health & wellness. Mr. Hickey is a member of YPO and is a former Canadian national gold medalist and North American medalist in speed skating.


Anne Yang
Strategic Portfolio Manager & ESG Committee Member
Star Mountain Capital, LLC

Anne Yang has over 20 years of asset management, investment banking and corporate finance experience including Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisition group and member of the Executive Office at Goldman Sachs. She has extensive experience with Fortune 500 companies, private equity firms, investment advisors and high growth small and medium-sized businesses.

Ms. Yang’s recent transaction and advisory experience includes representing Blackstone Group LP in its leveraged acquisition of AlliedBarton, a private placement of capital for the acquisition of failed banks from the FDIC and a number of assignments with major private equity firms, hedge funds and corporations.

In addition to her time at Goldman Sachs, Ms. Yang worked in the investment banking divisions of Bank of America and Citigroup; served as an Investment Analyst for Strong Capital Management in the management of a $4.5 billion public mutual fund investment portfolio; and, worked in the Merchant Banking Group of First Boston investing firm capital in leveraged buyouts.

Ms. Yang received both her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and her M.B.A. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.



Elaine Vorberg
McCarthy Duffy LLP

Elaine is a member of the Chicago Chapter of PDA and a Partner in the Chicago law firm of McCarthy Duffy LLP.

She brings over 25 years of dependable and dedicated legal services and business advisory experience to start-up and emerging companies in diverse industries – food and beverage, automotive, manufacturing, supply chain, technology and real estate.  Elaine has counseled and represented clients in business formation, M&A transactions, financing, contract negotiation, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution (including complex litigation). Elaine takes pride in being a passionate and interested advocate, focusing on each client's unique business strategy, opportunities and potential threats, supporting leadership, protecting the bottom line and promoting growth.  

Elaine received her B.S. in economics from Purdue University and her J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign-Urbana.  She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Florida.