Mr. Hicks has more than 20 years of experience in private equity investing and financing entrepreneurial owned and managed businesses. Prior to forming Excellere Partners, Mr. Hicks served as an investment professional at Stone Arch Capital, LLC (“SAC”), an Upper Midwest focused middle-market private equity firm. and at George K. Baum Merchant Banc, LLC (“GKB”), a private equity firm focused on a buy and build investment strategy primarily within the food and beverage, consumer products and business service industries. Prior to SAC and GKB, Mr. Hicks began his career as both an investment professional and financing professional in Bank of America’s private equity subsidiary, BankAmerica Capital Corporation. Bank of America’s and Continental Bank’s Leveraged Finance Group, respectively.
Through his career, Mr. Hicks has partnered with numerous entrepreneurial owned and led businesses through recapitalizations and supported those organizations in buy and build growth strategies in the food and beverage, healthcare services, healthcare products and technology, outsourced marketing services, consumer products, office furniture products, and industrial and municipal products industries. Mr. Hicks currently serves on the board of directors of AIS Healthcare and previously served on the board of directors of Advanced Pain Management, MTS Medication Technologies, PhyMed Holdings prior to their sales.
Mr. Hicks earned an MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship, finance and strategic management from The University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business and earned a BS in Finance from the University of Utah.