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.
Archie Jones is managing director with Six Pillars Partners. He has served as an advisor to Six Pillars Partners since its founding. Archie serves on the boards of Project Evident, First Choice Credit Union, The Taly Foundation and The Mickey Leland Kibbutz Internship Foundation. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Business School, where teaches courses in Entrepreneurial Management and Finance.
Archie began his career in private equity with Merrill Lynch Capital Partners and Parthenon Capital. As a part of his private equity journey, Archie served on several portfolio company boards and served in interim senior management roles for some portfolio companies. After investing in in the predecessor company of Kenexa (KNXA) in 1999 and serving on its Board of Directors, Archie joined Kenexa as VP Corporate Development in 2005 (leading strategy, M&A and strategic alliances). From 2005 to 2012, Archie led the acquisition and integration of 17 companies for Kenexa. After the sale of Kenexa to IBM for $1.2 billion, Archie joined NOW Corporation, an innovator in the payments space, and served as its Chief Financial Officer from 2014 to 2019.
Arche lives in Atlanta, GA and has three sons. Archie’s hobbies including attending his son’s football and lacrosse games, fishing, aviation, golf, travel and reading. He graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College in 1993 with BA in Accounting and from Harvard University in 1998 with an MBA. Archie is also a Certified Public Accountant.