BROAD & COMPREHENSIVE EXPERIENCE
Strong relationships are not engineered — they’re earned. We are a seasoned team that has worked together for over a decade as operators and investors. We pursue opportunities with exceptional management teams where we can maximize prospects, partnership and profit to achieve the next level of growth and value.
Partners and Managing Directors
Principals and Vice Presidents
Founder, Managing Partner & CEO
Andrew is Founder, Managing Partner, CEO, and Chair of the Investment Committee at Brightstar Capital Partners. He currently serves as the Chairman of QualTek, and serves on the boards of Gateway Bobcat, Global Resale, Texas Water Supply Company and Capstone Nutrition, all Brightstar portfolio companies.
Prior to Brightstar, Andrew was a Partner at Lindsay Goldberg, a New York-based private equity firm, with extensive experience working on numerous large transactions. In addition, from 2008-2011 Andrew served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of Brightstar Corp., a $10 billion global leader in mobility services including distribution, handset protection insurance, reverse logistics, buyback and leasing solutions spanning more than 100 countries and serving many of the major OEMs, carriers and retailers. Brightstar Corp. was acquired by Softbank in 2014. Andrew served on the Boards of 13 portfolio companies during his tenure at Lindsay Goldberg. Prior to joining Lindsay Goldberg in 2003, Andrew worked at Goldman Sachs in their Principal Investment Area (PIA). Andrew started his career at Morgan Stanley in mergers and acquisitions and leveraged finance.
He received his MBA from Stanford GSB and an AB from Dartmouth College with a double major in History and Economics. He serves on the boards of CTIA, an organization representing the U.S. wireless industry, as well as The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures and The Dalton School. Andrew is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He is also a member of the World Economic Forum where he serves on the Global Future Council on Investing and the Stewardship Board of the Forum’s Platform on Shaping the Future of Investing.
Partner & President
Renee is a Partner and the President of Brightstar. She is also a Member of the Investment Committee. Renee currently serves on the board of Gateway Bobcat, a Brightstar portfolio company. She focuses on Investment Development, Capital Raise and Investor Relations.
Prior to joining Brightstar, Renee was Head of Business Development for Fifth Street Finance and Balcony Partners where she was responsible for capital raising, product development and strategic initiatives. Renee was Founding Partner and CIO of Talon Advisors, a multi-manager fund and previously Co-founded Narragansett Asset Management, a $1.0 billion fundamental long/short equity fund manager.
Renee has been active in the financial services and hedge fund industries since 1989 and has been instrumental in advising many highly regarded hedge funds. Renee started her career as an analyst covering small cap retailers for Peter Lynch at Fidelity Investments. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her AB, Magna Cum Laude, from Dartmouth College with a double major in Math and Geography.
Matthew Allard is a Partner at Brightstar and a Member of the Investment Committee. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of QualTek and as a Board member of Texas Water Supply Company, both Brightstar portfolio companies. Since 2003, Matt has worked closely with Andrew Weinberg and various Partners while advising and financing transactions for EnergySolutions, Brock Group, and Brightstar Corp. among others.
Prior to joining Brightstar, Matthew Allard was Head of Financial Sponsors at Stifel where he was responsible for leading the firms Private Equity client coverage and execution efforts, was a member of the Investment Bank Management Committee and had extensive merger & acquisition, capital markets and relationship management experience across a range of industries. Matt started his finance career with Citi and Bank of America, and previously held positions in both consulting and operations. Matt received his MBA from Columbia Business School, Beta Gamma Sigma honors, and a BSE from the University of Michigan with a major in Industrial and Operations Engineering. He is a Trustee of the King School in Connecticut.
Joseph Bartek is a Partner and the Chief Financial Officer at Brightstar. He currently serves on the board of Gateway Bobcat, a Brightstar portfolio company. Joe is responsible for the financial, regulatory and administrative operations of the firm, and serves on the Investment Committee.
Prior to Brightstar, Joe founded a boutique accounting and administrative firm focused on the operational needs of private equity funds and their sponsors. Prior to starting his own firm, Joe worked for RSM US, LLP as a Senior Manager and Director in their private equity assurance and transaction support service practices. During his career, he has advised a multitude of funds in the areas of financial operations, regulatory compliance, internal control, risk management, investor reporting, equity allocation, valuation and mergers & acquisitions. Joe is a CPA, received his MBA from the Brennan School of Business in Chicago and his Bachelors in Accounting, Cum Laude, from Dominican University.
Reidar Brekke is a Partner at Brightstar. He currently serves as Chairman of Gateway Bobcat, a Brightstar Portfolio Company.
Since 2003, Reidar has worked closely with Andrew Weinberg at Lindsay Goldberg focusing on the transportation and logistics sectors and most recently while serving as President of Intermodal Holdings LP, a provider of containers and portable storage solutions for both on land and maritime usage from 2012-2018. Prior to 2012, he held a number of senior roles including manager of Poten Capital Services, a strategic and financial advisory specializing in the logistics and maritime sectors. Prior to 2003, Reidar was CFO, then President and COO of SynchroNet Marine, a logistics service provider to the global container transportation industry, and also held numerous senior positions with AMA Capital Partners LLC, a merchant bank.
Reidar served as an Advisor for the Norwegian Trade Commission in New York & Oslo, Norway, and a financial advisor in Norway. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs – Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy and has served as an independent Director for Diana Containerships Inc. (DCIX) since June 2010 and Scorpio Tankers (STNG) since December 2016. Reidar represented Norway in the Eisenhower Trophy, a biennial world amateur team golf championship led by the International Golf Federation.
Reidar graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and obtained an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Todd Brock is a Partner at Brightstar and a Member of the Investment Committee. Since 2006, Todd has worked closely with Andrew Weinberg at Lindsay Goldberg while serving on the boards of the Brock Group, PSC and Recon. Prior to Brightstar, he was also Founding Partner of Brock Capital Group (BCG). He currently serves on the board of Texas Water Supply Company, a Brightstar portfolio company.
Todd has extensive experience of industrial services, both as an owner and operator, and has scaled such companies towards their financial and strategic goals. His introduction to industrial services began when he initially joined the Brock Group in 1986 and served as its Chief Operating Officer. Under his and his brother’s guidance, the business became a leading multi-craft maintenance service provider in the industry. In 2006 the company was sold to a private equity investor after which Todd served as Chairman of the Board from 2006 to 2014.
Todd is an active philanthropist through the Todd Brock Family Foundation and focuses his giving and service toward Christian causes, concentrating on domestic ministries in addition to laborers in Dubai and orphans in Zambia. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University, an active supporter of the Business Honors Program at Mays School of Business and is a member of Houston’s Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Roger Bulloch is a Partner at Brightstar. He currently serves on the boards of QualTek and Capstone Nutrition, both Brightstar portfolio companies. Prior to Brightstar, he was a Co-founder and Managing Principal of SPB Capital Partners.
Roger also Co-founded Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas, a waterpark partnership with Village Roadshow Ltd, Howard Hughes Corporation, AgassiGraf, and other families to promote social impact investing and youth employment. From 2004 to 2010, Roger was the Co-founder and CEO of Sher Capital, a significant family office (heirs to Fortune 500 Company) and Sher Gaming, a licensed gaming partnership with interests in three hotel casinos totaling 2,300 hotel rooms. Prior to SPB Capital Partners and Sher Capital, Roger was a Senior Vice President in the Private Bank of Bank of America. Roger also worked in the Investment Services Group of Credit Suisse in Los Angeles, California and its predecessor firm, Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette (DLJ).
Roger has been a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2007. Roger received his BS in Business from the Marriott Business School at Brigham Young University and his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Dr. Raul Deju
Raul Deju is a Partner at Brightstar and a Member of the Investment Committee. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Texas Water Supply Company and is on the board of QualTek.
Since 2006, Raul has worked closely with Andrew Weinberg while serving as an advisor to PSC and Recon and as President and COO of EnergySolutions, a Lindsay Goldberg portfolio company which generated more than $1.5 billion of proceeds from its IPO and follow on offerings. Prior to EnergySolutions, Raul was SVP of IT Corporation, now Chicago Bridge & Iron; CEO of URS (acquired by AECOM); and President of several major entities within the Waste Management family of companies. He was also a founder of Isadra, a technology venture sold to VerticalNet and ISG Resources, a construction materials company merged into Headwaters, a public company.
Raul is a Board Member in a number of private companies in diverse fields and has created a program to help entrepreneurs, especially service disabled veterans so they can succeed in their business ventures. He also serves as mentor to a number of Service Disabled Veteran-Owned businesses. Over 100 graduates of Raul’s university-level programs now own companies. Raul has extensive international experience managing European and Latin American subsidiaries, and has served as Member of the Board of Governors of the World Nuclear Association. He also has served in Advisory Committees to the Secretary of Commerce and the US EPA Administrator during the Clinton Administration.
Raul has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the San Francisco Bay Area. Raul is also the recipient of the 2015 John F. Kennedy Lifetime of Entrepreneurship Award and recently published his 7th book, “We Got Mojo”, in 2016. He received both his B.S. degree in Mathematics and Physics and his Ph.D. degree in Engineering and Geosciences from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
Gary Hokkanen is a Partner at Brightstar and a Member of the Investment Committee. He currently serves as Chairman of Capstone Nutrition, and services on the boards of Texas Water Supply Company and QualTek, all Brightstar portfolio companies.
Since 2005, Gary has worked closely with Andrew Weinberg while serving on the boards of Formation Energy, Intermodal Holdings and MBI Energy Services. After serving in the United States Air Force Security Service, Gary founded the Cynergi Group, a provider of comprehensive advisory services to family offices and closely held businesses.
Gary Hokkanen also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Carlson Marketing Group, a division of the Carlson Companies, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Prior to his time at Carlson, Gary served as CEO & President of various companies in the telecom, satcom, data services and manufacturing sectors. These companies include: Wam!Net, The Miner Group, World Satellite Network, and Apollo Communications. Gary currently serves on the boards of Sparboe Companies, Accumold, Park Industries, and Westwater Energy Services.
Kenneth Kilroy is a Partner at Brightstar. Previously, he was with Marvin Davis, serving as the President of Davis Companies and Head of the Davis family office.
Ken’s 25 years of family office direct investing experience includes: Twentieth Century Fox, Davis Petroleum, Davis Entertainment, the Sports Club/LA, WebTV, Fox Plaza, Aspen Skiing Company, the Pebble Beach Company, and the Beverly Hills Hotel. He was a Co-founder and CEO of Unity Investment Partners, a boutique financial advisory firm, serving closely held and family-owned operating businesses. Ken also founded Trailhead Advisors, a provider of customized consulting services for ultra-high net worth family offices. Ken began his career as a lawyer, CPA and also served as Director of Taxes for Occidental Petroleum.
He is actively involved with global non-profit organizations, including World Vision and The Carter Center.
Ken received a J.D. from the University of Akron Law School and a B.S. from the University of Akron. In 2012, Ken was ranked as the #13 most influential person in the wealth management and family office space by Private Asset Management magazine.
Tom Meredith is a Partner at Brightstar and a Member of the Investment Committee. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Global Resale, a Brightstar portfolio company.
Tom has continued to work closely with Andrew Weinberg since 2007 when he served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Brightstar Corp. which was sold to Softbank in 2014. He was a Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Managers of Meritage Capital, an investment management firm specializing in multi-manager hedge funds. Tom’s career spans over 35 years and includes extensive experience in corporate finance, manufacturing, finance operations, and global financial markets.
Prior to establishing Meritage in 2003, Tom served in various senior positions at Dell, including CFO, SVP of Business Development and Strategy, and Managing Director of Dell Ventures. Prior to joining Dell, he was VP and Treasurer for Sun Microsystems and Co-Founder and GM of Amdahl Capital Corporation.
Tom and his wife have received numerous accolades and awards including being named 2012 Chamber of Commerce Austinites of the Year; recipients of the 2010 Austin Community Foundation Philanthropy Award for donors who have shown philanthropic leadership in Central Texas; the Torch of Liberty Award given by the ADL in 2006; Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year given by the Association of Professional Fundraisers in 2004; and an Honorary Alumni Award given by Leadership Austin in 2003. Tom is also a member of the board of directors of The Nature Conservancy and Waller Creek Conservancy.
Tom currently serves on the Advisory Board of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He is also an Emeritus Trustee of the University of Virginia College Foundation Board. Tom received his B.A. in political science from St. Francis University, a J.D. from Duquesne University and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Jonathan Quigley is a Managing Director at Brightstar. Jonathan has worked with Andrew Weinberg since 2014 where they collaborated on various initiatives related to the World Economic Forum’s Family Business Community. He is responsible for the firm’s external engagement and partnership programs in support of the firm’s deal sourcing.
Prior to joining Brightstar, Jonathan worked at the World Economic Forum, the International Secretariat of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and marketing agencies in the Middle East. During his 10 years with the Forum he led various key functions including business marketing, business operations and their Strategic Partnership team. Prior to leaving the Forum he was responsible for establishing the Family Business Community which engaged leading family business owners from across the world in the Forum’s work.
Jonathan received his MBA from Ashridge Business School in the UK.
Joseph Stanislaw is a Partner at Brightstar. Joe previously worked closely with Andrew Weinberg during his time at Lindsay Goldberg.
Prior to Brightstar, Joe was one of three founders of Cambridge Energy Research Associates in 1983 and served as President and CEO from 1997 until the sale of the firm in 2004. He also served as Independent Senior Advisor from 2006 to 2014 to Deloitte LLP. Joe currently serves on the International Advisory Board of Dana Gas and was previously a Board Member of Gulf Keystone Petroleum. Joe is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an adjunct professor in the Nicholas School at Duke University as well as a Member of the Board of Advisors for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.
Earlier in his career, Joseph Stanislaw was a Research Fellow of Clare Hall and lecturer in Economics at Cambridge University, where he was also a member of the Energy Research Group in the University’s Cavendish Laboratory. Joe is the co-author of “The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy”. He received a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard College, an M.A. from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.
Brian Cronin is a Principal at Brightstar. Prior to Brightstar, Brian was a managing member of BPC Capital and led direct investments by family offices in operational businesses.
Previously, Brian co-founded Prosperity Construction, LLC, a civil site work construction company. In 2018, Brian merged the company with Copeland and Johns, Inc., a premier general construction company headquartered in Mississippi that is active in 13 states. He currently serves on the board.
Brian began his career an analyst at SPB Partners, a multi-family office, where he assisted with growth capital, restructuring, and management reorganization. Brian worked closely with Brightstar Partner Roger Bulloch.
Brian received his B.A. from Brigham Young University. He won a basketball gold medal in the 2009 Summer Deaflympics in Taiwan as a member of Team USA.
Ross is a Principal at Brightstar and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Gateway Bobcat, a Brightstar portfolio company. Prior to joining Brightstar, Ross was a Co-Founder & Vice President of Unity Investment Partners, a boutique financial advisory firm, serving closely-held and family-owned operating businesses.
Previously, Ross was an investment professional at Newstone Capital Partners and was responsible for analyzing and underwriting debt and equity investments in connection with a leveraged buyout, refinancing, or acquisition. Ross began his career in investment banking at Moelis & Company focusing on mergers & acquisitions and restructurings across a variety of industries.
He received his B.S. in Business Administration from the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
Lindsey is a Principal at Brightstar. She currently serves on the boards of QualTek and Capstone Nutrition, both Brightstar portfolio companies. Prior to joining Brightstar, Lindsey was a Vice President at Arlon Group where she evaluated and executed controlling equity investments in private middle market companies in the food and agriculture sectors.
Previously, Lindsey worked at KPS Capital Partners and at Neuberger Berman in their Private Equity Alternatives Group. Lindsey began her career in investment banking at Barclays Capital in the Global Healthcare Group.
Lindsey received her B.A. in Economics from Tufts University.
Jarrett Arkin is a Vice President at Brightstar and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Capstone Nutrition and Global Resale, both Brightstar portfolio companies. His responsibilities include evaluating investment opportunities, performing transaction due diligence, and working with management teams to implement operational and growth strategies.
Prior to joining Brightstar, Jarrett was an Associate at Trive Capital, where he invested in opportunities in a range of industries including industrials and business services. Before joining Trive, Jarrett worked for Houlihan Lokey, as a member of the Financial Restructuring Group advising on a variety of creditor and debtor-side transactions across a wide array of industries.
Jarrett received his MBA with Dean’s Honors from Columbia Business School and graduated from the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin where he earned a BBA in Finance.
Vice President, Operations
Shana is a Vice President at Brightstar. Shana is responsible for the coordination, planning and support of daily activity and administrative functions across Brightstar’s operations. She also assists the Managing Partner. She has worked closely with Andrew Weinberg and other partners since 2003, when she was an Executive Assistant at Lindsay Goldberg.
Shana graduated from New York University with a B.S. in Information and Communication Technologies. Shana is active in many organizations in her community, including youth mentorship at The New York Foundling Hospital and volunteer services at New York Cares, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and The Murray Hill Neighborhood Association.
Vice President & Controller
Andy is a Vice President and Controller at Brightstar. Andy is responsible for compliance at the firm, along with accounting, finance and administration operations. Prior to joining Brightstar, Andy was the head of finance and business operations for a professional soccer franchise in St. Louis. Prior to that, he held roles in FP&A and auditing for ESCO Technologies, a global provider of highly engineered products. Andy earned his MBA from St. Louis University, and a degree in finance from Missouri State University.
Christy is a Vice President at Brightstar Capital Partners. She is responsible for accounting, finance and administration operations of the firm. Prior to joining Brightstar, she was a Client Service Director at Tillman PES, a boutique accounting and administrative firm focused on the operational needs of private equity funds and their sponsors. Before Tillman PES, Christy worked at Green Courte Partners as a Senior Associate and Fund Analyst, supporting internal strategic decision making to maximize value to investors. Previous to Green Courte Partners, she worked at Sterling Partners where she was an Analyst as part of Sterling Partners’ Portfolio Reporting Group and a Fund Accountant. Christy started her career at RSM US, LLP as an Assurance Associate, focused on Financial Services clients. Christy is a CPA, received a Master of Accountancy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BBA in Accounting from James Madison University.
Larry Schmidlapp is a Vice President at Brightstar and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Water Supply Company and Gateway Bobcat, both Brightstar portfolio companies. Prior to joining Brightstar, Larry was a Senior Associate at Fifth Street Asset Management on the investment team where he evaluated and executed direct debt investments in private middle market companies. Prior to Fifth Street, Larry was an Associate at TAP Advisors where he focused on executing merger & acquisition transactions for clients in the telecommunications and media sectors.
Larry began his career at AGC Partners, a boutique investment bank in Boston primarily advising clients in the technology sector. Larry is a CFA charterholder and holds a B.S. in Finance from Wake Forest University.
Peter is a Vice President at Brightstar. He focuses on Investor Relations and Investment Development. Prior to joining Brightstar, he was an Associate at Barclays Investment Bank in the Industrials sector where he was actively involved in the Airlines and Aerospace & Defense verticals.
Peter started his career at Morgan Stanley in their Private Wealth Management division, servicing ultra-high net worth individuals, families and institutions. Peter holds a B.A. in History from Trinity College.
Craig is a Vice President at Brightstar. He focuses on marketing and communications on behalf of the firm and portfolio companies. Craig comes to Brightstar after spending more than 2 decades in media and communications at local TV stations. He was a journalist for CBS, NBC, and FOX affiliates around the country. Most recently, Craig was an evening anchor for the CBS and FOX affiliates in Tucson, Arizona. He was also an investigative reporter, using multiple platforms for in-depth, original reporting.
Craig graduated from Dartmouth College and received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts.
Naomi is an Associate at Brightstar. Prior to joining Brightstar, she worked at Moelis & Company as an Investment Banking Analyst where she focused on mergers and acquisitions, restructuring and capital markets advisory across industries. Previously, Naomi worked at Goldman Sachs as a Financial Analyst in High Yield Credit Product Control. Naomi earned a B.A. in Math & Economics with a concentration in Finance from Lafayette College.
Paige Miller McMillan
Prior to joining Brightstar, she was project manager for the National Wealth Sustainability Team at Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank where she managed family educational programs for high-net-worth, multi-generational families. Paige graduated with a B.A. in Art Education from Troy University, Alabama.
Jack is an Associate at Brightstar. Prior to joining Brightstar, he worked at Lazard as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Restructuring Group, concentrating on the oil and gas industry. Jack earned an A.B. in Economics from Yale University.
Margaret Parks Zerman
Maggie is a Fund Controller at Brightstar. She is responsible for the accounting and finance activities pertaining to the funds, including reporting, portfolio monitoring, valuation and investor requests. Prior to joining Brightstar, Maggie held various roles in Finance and FP&A, most recently serving as the Manager of FP&A and Consolidation for a hard discount grocery retailer headquartered in St. Louis. Maggie started her career with Deloitte in the Audit and Assurance practice where she served a variety of both public and private clients in the financial services, manufacturing, energy and healthcare industries.
Maggie is a CPA and received her BSA and Master of Accountancy from the University of Missouri.