Paul Gurm

Paul Gurm

Paul is a Principal in H.I.G. Capital’s New York office, where he focuses on the firm’s Infrastructure activities. Paul is responsible for all aspects of the investment process including origination, transaction structuring, financing and execution of post-closing growth strategies.

Paul has over a decade of private equity and corporate finance experience. Prior to joining H.I.G., Paul worked at American Infrastructure Funds where he evaluated and executed middle market infrastructure investments across a wide range of industries and served on the boards of multiple portfolio companies. Previously, Paul was a member of the Energy Investment Banking team at J.P. Morgan where he advised clients on M&A, capital markets, and strategic initiatives. Paul began his career at PwC in Canada.

Paul earned his Master of Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan and an undergraduate degree in Commerce from Dalhousie University.

Andrew Liau

Andrew Liau

Andrew is a Managing Director on the infrastructure team based in H.I.G.’s London office and co-heads the firm’s infrastructure activities. He has over 20 years of experience in private equity and investment banking.

Prior to joining H.I.G., Andrew was a Senior Managing Director in the infrastructure group at Ardian, where he led a number of successful core plus investments. Prior to Ardian, he was a founding member of First State Investments’ European infrastructure team. Andrew began his career at RBC, where he worked on infrastructure financings.

Andrew earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

His start date is January 2021.

Sami Mnaymneh

Sami Mnaymneh

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.

Edward Pallesen

Edward Pallesen

Ed is a Managing Director based in H.I.G.’s New York office and co-leads the firm’s Infrastructure activities.

Prior to joining H.I.G., Ed was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs & Co. Ed worked at Goldman Sachs for 19 years in a variety of capacities, including in the Telecom, Media and Technology group in Investment Banking, and, most recently, as head of the Americas at Goldman Sachs’ Infrastructure fund. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Ed served as a judicial law clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Ed earned a B.A. from Harvard College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, with honors, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Michael Pothitos

Michael Pothitos

Michael is a Director in the infrastructure team and is based in the London office. Previously, he spent four years as a member of the H.I.G. Europe Buyouts private equity group, where he focused on the Industrials and TMT sectors. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment process and represents H.I.G. on several portfolio companies.

Prior to joining H.I.G., he worked for five years with Parthenon EY as a strategy consultant. Before Parthenon EY, Michael was with Arthur D. Little working with multi-national FTSE/Euronext 100 travel, transportation and construction clients on strategy and performance improvements.

Michael earned a First Class MEng in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London.

Rick Rosen

Rick Rosen

Rick is Co-President of H.I.G. Capital with over twenty-five years of private equity and M&A experience. In his current position, along with Co-President Brian Schwartz, he helps run the day-to-day operations of the firm and sits on the investment committees for all H.I.G. funds. Since joining H.I.G. in 1998, he has been involved in all aspects of the investment process; and has held leadership positions in several of the firm's funds. He also currently heads the firm's Middle Market Fund. Located in the Miami office, Rick currently serves on the Board of numerous H.I.G. Capital portfolio companies. He has worked with companies in a variety of industries, with a focus on healthcare, business services, specialty chemicals, and niche manufacturing.

Prior to joining H.I.G., Rick worked at General Electric Company and GE Capital. As part of their Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions teams, he coordinated a variety of strategic acquisitions in the financial services, plastics, medical systems, electronics, and aerospace industries. Before joining the M&A group, Rick was a member of the GE Corporate Finance Staff, where he helped design and implement improved business strategies and operating processes for GE Capital business units.

Rick received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Brian Schwartz

Brian Schwartz

Brian is Co-President of H.I.G. Capital. He joined the firm in 1994. In his current position, along with Co-President Rick Rosen, he helps run the day-to-day operations of the firm and sits on the investment committees for all H.I.G. funds. Prior to this role, Brian held a number of leadership positions at the firm, as well as having led the acquisition of over 25 platform investments in a variety of industries.

Prior to joining H.I.G., Brian worked in PepsiCo’s strategic planning group. His responsibilities included managing strategic acquisitions for PepsiCo and evaluating new business opportunities. Brian began his career with the investment banking firm of Dillon, Read and Co. where he split his time between the corporate finance group and the private equity funds, Saratoga Partners and Yorktown Partners.

Brian earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.S. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tony Tamer

Tony Tamer

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.

Joe Zulli

Joe Zulli

Joe is a Principal based in the Miami office of H.I.G. Capital. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, transaction structuring, financing and executing post-closing growth and operational strategies. Joe has private equity investing experience across a wide range of industries including business services, consumer, energy and manufacturing.

Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2011, Joe was a Vice President with Nautic Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm, where he focused on late stage buyouts and recapitalizations. Prior to that, Joe was a member of the Global Energy and Utilities Group of the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley where he worked on a variety of debt, equity and advisory assignments.

Joe earned his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame, summa cum laude, and M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.

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