Stuart joined H.I.G. Capital in 2016 as the Group Head of WhiteHorse Capital’s U.S. Direct Lending Platform to build and broaden the range of customized debt solutions provided to Non-Sponsor and Sponsor borrowers in the middle market.
Prior to joining WhiteHorse Capital, Stuart served as the President and CEO of GE Sponsor Finance (GSF) and was an Officer of the General Electric Company. GSF was the leading provider of debt financing to the US Sponsor Middle Market. Stuart also served on the Board of the Peacock Equity Fund, a mid to late stage venture capital fund that was a Joint Venture between GE Capital and NBC Universal. Prior to GSF, Stuart ran the Commercial and Industrial platform for GE Structured Finance Group (“C&I”). C&I provided structured debt and equity solutions to borrowers in the US, Europe and Asia. Previously, Stuart worked in the GE Capital Markets Group Inc. where he was promoted to Leader of all domestic Product Execution including Syndications, Private Placements, Securitization and Trade Finance. Stuart began his career in the Syndications group of Chemical Bank.
Stuart received an M.B.A. with honors from Columbia Graduate School of Business in 1987 and graduated Cum Laude from Tufts University in 1985. He serves on the Board of Kids in Crisis in Greenwich CT.
Mark Bernier is a Managing Director of WhiteHorse Capital. Mark is responsible for sourcing and structuring middle market financings, including senior loans, unitranche, second lien, mezzanine and structured equity for private equity sponsored and non-sponsored transactions. He has over 20 years of leverage finance experience across a broad range of sectors including telecom, software, media, tech enabled, internet and business services.
Prior to joining WhiteHorse, Mark worked at GE Capital for 18 years where he held various leadership roles in risk and originations within GE Capital’s U.S. and European businesses. He last served as a Senior Managing Director and Group Head of GE Capital’s Telecom and Technology business where he and his team sourced and structured cash flow debt transactions for private equity sponsored and non-sponsored deals. Prior to GE Capital, he spent four years at Fleet Bank in its Media and Communications Finance Group where he completed Fleet’s Financial Management and Credit Training Programs.
Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bryant University.
John is an Executive Managing Director of H.I.G., having joined the firm in 1993. He is responsible for leading H.I.G.’s Credit Platform, which manages approximately $9 billion of capital across multiple investment funds.
John has more than 25 years of experience focused on credit investments, including primary loans and distressed debt, as well as private equity investments. He currently serves on the board of several privately held companies. Prior to joining H.I.G. in 1993, he was at the management-consulting firm of Bain & Company, a leading worldwide management-consulting firm, where he directed domestic and international assignments for Fortune 500 clients. Prior to joining Bain & Company, he worked for three years as the Assistant to the President of Chemed Corporation (NYSE: CHE), a specialty chemical company.
John is a graduate of Lehigh University with a B.S. degree in Computer Science and earned his M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Matthew is a Principal at WhiteHorse Capital. Based in Los Angeles, Matthew is responsible for sourcing and executing middle market debt financings for private equity sponsored and non-sponsored transactions. As a senior business development officer, Matthew has primary responsibility for managing key relationships throughout the Western United States. Matthew has significant experience executing complex transactions and financings across a wide variety of sectors, including business services, healthcare, industrials, technology, energy, environmental services, food and consumer.
Matthew has over 18 years of experience in investment banking, leveraged finance and principal investing. He has held positions with UnionBanCal Equities, Wells Fargo Capital Finance, Jefferies & Company, and Imperial Capital.
Matthew received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA in Finance & Entrepreneurship from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Javier is a Managing Director with WhiteHorse Capital. Since joining WhiteHorse Capital in 2006, Javier has worked on a wide range of investments, including recapitalizations, debt purchases, and most recently original issue loans. Javier has been particularly active in sourcing, structuring, and monitoring middle market credit investments across several industries, including healthcare, business services, and specialty finance.
Javier has over thirteen years of experience in investment banking and principal investing. He began his career with JP Morgan's M&A team, and previous to WhiteHorse Capital worked with ING, developing new financing products for companies in Mexico. At WhiteHorse Capital, Javier has played a leading role in the firm’s expansion into original issue credit.
Javier received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.
Sam is a Principal of WhiteHorse Capital based in New York. Sam is involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring and execution.
Sam has over eleven years of credit investing experience in a broad range of industries, including media, telecommunications, business services, retail, industrial, and specialty finance. Before joining WhiteHorse Capital, Sam was a Vice President with Cerberus Capital Management. In this role, he was responsible for the origination, structuring, execution and monitoring of private debt investments. Prior to Cerberus, Sam worked in the leverage finance and mergers & acquisitions groups at Salomon Brothers.
Sam received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Denison University and a dual M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and London Business School.
Pankaj is a Managing Director of WhiteHorse Capital. Pankaj is involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring, financing, and execution of post-closing growth strategies. He has over eighteen years of experience in private debt and equity investing across a broad range of industries, including business services, manufacturing, distribution, telecom, healthcare, consumer products and consumer services.
Before joining WhiteHorse, Pankaj was a Managing Director with American Capital (NASDAQ:ACAS), a middle-market investment firm. While at ACAS, he was a co-head of the debt investment business. Pankaj also sat on the Board of Directors of several ACAS portfolio companies. Prior to ACAS, Pankaj spent six years at Audax Group, a Boston and New York-based private equity and mezzanine firm with $5 billion under management. As a Senior Vice President with Audax, Mr. Gupta was responsible for the origination, structuring, execution and monitoring of mezzanine investments. Prior to Audax, Mr. Gupta was an Associate in the Private Equity group of Whitney & Co, and prior to Whitney, he was an Analyst in the High Yield and Merchant Banking Group of CIBC World Markets.
Pankaj received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Dartmouth College.
James is a Managing Director at WhiteHorse Capital and is based in the Los Angeles office, where he runs the west coast sponsor finance effort focusing on direct lending to private equity clients. James is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, structuring, executing and closing transactions. He has over twenty years of experience in providing debt and equity financing for private equity transactions across a broad range of industries including, business services, financial services, manufacturing, distribution, telecom, healthcare, retail, consumer products and consumer services.
Before joining WhiteHorse, James was a Senior Managing Director with GE Capital in their sponsor finance business. During his 11-year tenure at GE Capital, he was head of the Los Angeles Office and west coast sponsor originations. Prior to GE Capital, James was an investment banker with Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. and before that with Bankers Trust (now Deutsche Bank). Over his career, James has focused on working with private equity firms and corporate clients on a variety of M&A advisory transactions as well as debt and equity capital raising assignments.
James received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Williams College and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Kim is a Managing Director in WhiteHorse Capital’s Stamford office where she focuses on structuring, executing and monitoring senior secured, second lien and unitranche debt investments provided to middle market companies across a range of industries.
Kim has over sixteen years of experience in leveraged finance. Kim joined WhiteHorse Capital in 2016 from Antares Capital where she was a Managing Director in credit. Prior to that, she worked at GE Capital for 19 years, where she held a variety of leadership roles in risk management, including as the Chief Credit Officer for the Telecom, Media and Technology Group. Prior to GE Capital, Kim spent over 6 years at Deloitte where she was a Manager in the Audit practice.
Kim earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Western New England University where she majored in accounting. Kim also holds her Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.
Peter is a Principal in WhiteHorse Capital's Chicago office. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, transaction structuring and execution.
Peter has more than 15 years of experience in middle market private equity, investment banking and lending. He has executed investments across a wide range of industries for both public and private middle market companies. Prior to joining WhiteHorse Capital in 2016, Peter was a Managing Director at Medley Capital, where he sourced, executed and managed numerous debt investments. Prior to Medley, Peter was a Managing Director at CIFC (NASDAQ: CIFC), where he started and developed their middle market direct lending business.
Peter received an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from The Colorado College.
Sami Mnaymneh is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital. He has directed the firm's development since its founding in 1993 and approves all capital commitments made by H.I.G. Sami currently serves on the Board of Columbia College and on the Dean's Council of the Harvard Law School.
Prior to founding H.I.G., Sami was a Managing Director with The Blackstone Group in New York. Prior to that, he was a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley & Co., where he devoted a significant amount of his time to leveraged buyouts, serving as senior advisor to a number of prominent private equity firms. Over the course of his career, Mr. Mnaymneh has led over 75 transactions in a wide range of industries.
Sami earned a B.A. degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Columbia University where he graduated first in his class, and subsequently received a J.D. degree and an M.B.A. degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, respectively.
Jay is a Principal with WhiteHorse Capital. Based in Atlanta, Jay is responsible for sourcing and executing middle market debt financings for both non-sponsored and private equity sponsored transactions. As a senior business development officer, he has primary responsibility for managing key relationships throughout the Southeast region. He has over fourteen years of principal investing, corporate finance, and valuation experience across a broad range of industries.
Prior to joining WhiteHorse Capital, Jay spent nine years at River Capital, an Atlanta-based private equity firm focused on control investments in lower middle market companies where he was responsible for the origination and execution of equity investments to support acquisitions, management buyouts, recapitalizations and growth financings. In addition, Jay sat on the Board of Directors of several River Capital portfolio companies.
Jay received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Georgia, an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Eric is a Principal with WhiteHorse Capital. Based in the Boston office, Eric focuses on sourcing and executing debt investments in middle market companies in a range of industries.
Eric has over 15 years of experience in principal investing and investment banking in a range of industries including business services, healthcare, technology, manufacturing and specialty finance. Prior to joining WhiteHorse Capital, Eric was a Principal in the Special-Opportunity Lower Middle Market Group at Hercules Technology Growth Capital, where he focused on debt and equity investments. Prior to Hercules, Eric worked at firms including, West End Capital and Advisory, D.B. Zwirn, and The Wicks Group of Companies.
Eric earned a B.A. in International Politics and Economics from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Gina is a Principal in WhiteHorse Capital's New York office, where she focuses on providing senior debt, second lien debt, and unitranche debt (for LBOs, MBOs, dividend recapitalizations, refinancing, and restructurings) to middle market companies across a range of industries. Gina is involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring, and financing.
Gina has more than a decade of experience in leverage finance. Prior to joining WhiteHorse Capital in 2016, Gina worked for GE Antares Capital for 15 years, where she originated asset based and cash flow debt opportunities from private equity clients. Her work included due diligence, structuring, and legal documentation.
Gina earned an M.B.A. from Fordham University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Tony Tamer is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital. He has directed H.I.G.'s development since its founding in 1993 and approves all capital commitments made by the firm. Tony has led a number of successful investments at H.I.G. in both the management buyouts and growth capital arenas. He has extensive experience working with, and coaching, early stage and middle-market companies. Tony is a board member of several H.I.G. portfolio companies. He currently also serves on the Dean's Council of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Prior to H.I.G., Tony was partner at Bain & Company where he developed business unit and operating strategies, implemented productivity improvement initiatives, and led acquisition and divestiture activities for a number of Fortune 500 clients. Tony has extensive operating experience. He has held marketing, engineering and manufacturing positions at Hewlett-Packard and Sprint Corporation.
Tony holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. His undergraduate degree is from Rutgers University.
Mr. Wells is a Principal with WhiteHorse Capital. Based in Dallas, Mr. Wells is responsible for sourcing and executing middle market debt financings for non-sponsored situations and private equity sponsored transactions. As a senior business development officer, Mr. Wells has primary responsibility for managing key relationships throughout the Southwest region. Mr. Wells has over twelve years of experience in principal investing across a broad range of industries including energy services, industrial, consumer products and consumer services, distribution, business services, healthcare, and specialty finance.
Mr. Wells previously held positions with UBS, Philip Morris Capital, Altria Group, and ORIX USA. Prior to joining WhiteHorse Capital, Mr. Wells spent nine years at ORIX Leveraged Finance, a Dallas-based middle market focused leveraged finance firm. As a Director with ORIX Leveraged Finance, Mr. Wells was responsible for the origination and execution of debt and equity investments to support growth financings, recapitalizations, and leveraged buyouts.
Mr. Wells received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University.
John is a Principal in WhiteHorse Capital’s Chicago office. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, transaction structuring and execution of post-closing operational strategies.
John has more than a decade of experience in middle market private equity, investment banking and lending. He has executed investments across a wide range of industries including healthcare, specialty finance, financial services, transportation, business services and manufacturing and distribution. Prior to joining WhiteHorse Capital in 2012, John was a senior professional with Patriot Capital, where he executed and managed numerous debt and equity investments.
John earned an M.B.A. from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with distinction and an undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, in accounting from the Towson University. John also holds his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.