Co-founder of BlackRock Kelso Capital, Michael Lazar, and former chief HR officer of Fortress, Stanley Friedman, have joined Star Mountain Capital as senior advisors. Prior to co-founding BlackRock Kelso Capital, Lazar was partner and managing director of Kelso & Co. Friedman also worked on HR at King Street Capital and Amaranth.
Star Mountain Capital, LLC (“Star Mountain”), a specialized alternative asset manager focused exclusively on the large and underserved private U.S. small / medium-sized business marketplace, is pleased to announce that Co-Founder of BlackRock Kelso Capital, Michael B. Lazar, and Former Chief HR Officer of Fortress, Stanley Friedman, have joined Star Mountain as Senior Advisors.
“We are excited to have Mike and Stan join as we continue to innovate in the small and medium-sized business marketplace where their expertise and relationships will bring additional value to all our stakeholders and aligned partners,” commented Brett Hickey, Star Mountain’s Founder & CEO. Mike said, “Star Mountain has developed a unique way for investors to participate in this marketplace where outsized returns can be generated by capitalizing on market inefficiencies.” Stan stated, “Star Mountain has a unique approach to building a Collaborative Ecosystem and forward thinking culture and brand which I believe will drive enormous stakeholder value over time. I look forward to helping with team building at Star Mountain, and their portfolio managers and business owners.”
Mike Lazar: Mr. Lazar is a Strategic Investor in Star Mountain. Mr. Lazar co-founded BlackRock Kelso Capital Corporation (“BKCC”), a private credit-focused publicly traded investment fund, where he served on its Investment Committee, Board of Directors and as COO. Previously, he was a Partner and Managing Director at Kelso & Company, one of the oldest and most established firms specializing in private equity investing. Prior to joining Kelso, he worked in the Acquisition Finance Group at Chemical Securities (predecessor to J.P. Morgan Securities), where he focused on leveraged buyouts. Mr. Lazar has served as Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center and serves as a Trustee of the Rye Country Day School, as well as President of the Rye Country Day School Alumni Executive Board. Mr. Lazar previously served as a member of the Dartmouth College Fund Committee and as a Director of the New York Division of the March of Dimes.
Stan Friedman: Stan is a former Managing Director and Chief HR Officer for Fortress where he built an HR function that facilitated growth from approximately 550 to 1,100 employees and $26 billion to $56 billion in AUM. Stan’s experience also includes Director of HR for King Street Capital a global investment management firm with particular focus on distressed debt and credit with $22 billion in AUM; and, Global Head of HR for Amaranth, a global multi-strategy hedge fund, where he facilitated the growth from approximately $4 billion to $10 billion in AUM and 225 employees to 425 employees. Stan is the Founder of Alpha HC Consulting where he advises senior executives at hedge funds and private equity firms.
ABOUT STAR MOUNTAIN
Star Mountain Fund Management, LLC is a New York City-based specialized small / medium-sized business-focused alternative asset management firm with a unique strategic partnership approach to investing in private credit and private equity fund managers and investing directly into U.S. small and medium-sized businesses. Star Mountain’s unique “Collaborative Ecosystem” and network of top performing fund managers allows them and their portfolio of fund managers to provide strategic “One-Stop-Shop Flexible Capital Solutions” to U.S. based businesses looking to grow or sell.