Brandt Hamby is a co-founder and managing director with Six Pillars Partners. He is a board member of Wood Networks, Infinitude Creative Group, and the University of North Texas Alumni Association. Brandt began his career in sales and sales management in the telecommunications industry. From 1995 to 2007, he was a principal and executive with StraightSource, a pioneer in the recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) industry. Within StraightSource, Brandt served in multiple roles including EVP of Global Marketing, EVP of Business Development, and COO. Brandt's marketing and customer initiatives helped StraightSource's enterprise value grow from $4M to $20M, and its earnings increased by 800% in four years. StraightSource was chosen as "RPO Provider of the Year" in 2006 by the HR Outsourcing Association and was sold to Kenexa (KNXA) in 2007. Kenexa was sold to IBM in 2012 for $1.2B.
After selling StraightSource, Brandt led or was involved in several investment partnerships in commercial real estate, residential real estate, distressed credit, and financial institutions.
Brandt and his wife, MaryAnn, have been married for 18 years. They have three children, are active members of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship, and are deeply involved with several local and international mission organizations. The Hambys' oldest son was adopted from St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Hambys continue to be highly engaged in the international adoption community. Brandt's hobbies include golf, running, traveling, and reading. He graduated from the University of North Texas in 1993 with a BA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Carl Hefton is a co-founder and managing director with Six Pillars Partners, where he leverages his background as a board member, CEO, COO, and CFO. Carl is currently on the board of Wood Networks, Infinitude Creative Group, the SRD Group, Dallas After School Network, the Hope Center, and on the advisory board of the University of North Texas School of Business.
Previously, Carl was the CEO and president of Viscern, Inc. During Carl’s tenure, Viscern provided fundraising and other consulting services to more than 10,000 faith-based and not-for-profit organizations, helping them raise more than $12B. During this time, sales grew from less than $3M to more than $40M. In 2000, 2001, and 2004, Viscern was recognized as one of the 100 fastest-growing companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. In 2005, Carl led the effort to sell Viscern to an investment group. Prior to joining Viscern, Carl spent more than 10 years as a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co.
Carl and his wife, Gail, have been married for 40 years. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and six adorable grandchildren. The Heftons have been members of The Heights Baptist Church since 1975. Both are involved in leadership roles with their church and are active volunteers within their community. In his free time, Carl enjoys golf, jogging, biking, traveling, skiing, and most of all, playing with his grandchildren. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Texas in 1975 with a BBA in Accounting.
Advisory Chief Financial Officer
Robert Hutson has served as a financial consultant to Six Pillars Partners since the fall of 2012. Robert has performed financial due diligence on acquisition candidates and is providing fractional CFO services to multiple Six Pillars Partners-related companies. Robert is also a consultant to the management of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.
Prior to Six Pillars Partners, Robert was the EVP and CFO of the Dallas Stars NHL franchise from 2002 to 2012. Robert led the Stars through good times and bad, providing the ownership of Thomas O. Hicks, the National Hockey League, and the franchises’ creditors a stable, trustworthy, respected presence. This presence ensured that the highest value was delivered to all parties during the course of Robert’s career at the Stars. For his services during the bankruptcy and sale of the Stars, Robert was recognized as a finalist for the Dallas Business Journal CFO of the Year award. Prior to focusing on the Stars, Robert was the vice president of finance for Hicks Sports Group and oversaw the finance and accounting services for the Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars, Mesquite Rodeo, KTXA 39, and other Hicks Sports Group-related companies. Robert was recruited to Hicks Sports Group in 2000 from Arthur Andersen’s Dallas office where he was a senior manager in the audit division. During his 11 years at Arthur Andersen, Robert was involved with public and private companies and assisted in acquisitions, mergers, initial and follow on public offerings, and bankruptcies.
Robert and his wife, Angela, have been married for 19 years and have two daughters, Haley and Katy, who both attend Grapevine High School. The Hutsons live in Colleyville, Texas, and attend the Hills Church of Christ in North Richland Hills. The family supports and volunteers with Our Father’s Children and Royal Family Kids, which provides camp and retreat experiences for abused and neglected kids and teenagers.
Robert graduated with honors from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., with a Bachelors of Business Administration in 1988 and a Master of Science in Accounting in 1989.
Dr. Kenneth Hall became Baylor University’s senior vice president for development and strategic initiatives on January 1, 2013. Previously, he served as Buckner International’s fifth president and CEO from 1994 to 2010 and CEO from 2010 to 2012. He is a principal with Long View Equity Partners, LLC.
During his tenure, Buckner grew into a showcase international social service non-government organization, annually serving more than 400,000 people through an array of services designed to care for orphans, vulnerable children and families, and elder adults.
Prior to Buckner, Dr. Hall served as pastor of four Texas Baptist churches. A Louisiana native, he earned a BS degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and MDiv and DMin degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He also is an honorary alumnus of George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University.
Dr. Hall is the author of Inside, Outside: The Church in Social Ministry and Road Maps: Directions for Living.
He has served as a past president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, as chair of the board of LeTourneau University in Longview, and as a board member of the Alliance for Children and Families and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. He is a former regent of Baylor University. Dr. Hall also serves on the board of Texas Bank and Trust and Covington Aircraft.
He and his wife, Linda, have two grown children, Kevin and Kayce, and four grandchildren.
Barry Pryor is a 1977 graduate of Baylor University with a BBA, majoring in Public Administration. He retired from Sewell Automotive Companies after 31 years. Barry served as managing partner from 1989 to 2008, having responsibility for 10 of the Sewell dealerships including Sewell Lexus of Dallas, Sewell Lexus of Fort Worth, Sewell Cadillac of Dallas and Grapevine, and Sewell Infiniti of Dallas. He served on the national advertising councils of both the Lexus and Cadillac divisions, and was also a chairman of the Lexus Dealer Council.
He now invests in entrepreneurial ventures. He is a founder and director at Texas Republic Bank in Frisco, Texas, serves as a trustee at Buckner International, and is on the advisory board of the Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies.
Barry is a member at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, where he worked in the Young Married Ministry for 19 years as a Sunday school director. He has also served as Chairman of Deacons, Chairman of Trustees, Chairman of Personnel Committee, Chairman of Pastor Search Committee, and on the Cuba Ministry Team.
He and his wife, Deena, have been married for 35 years. They have two daughters, Carol Lee and Sally, and one grandson.