Six Pillars Partners is an investment firm that partners with people who share our values to foster high-performing businesses in the U.S. Our firm specializes in working with companies driven equally by financial success and a thriving culture to create growth and increased value for all stakeholders.
Our team operates under the following six core values:
We strive to act in a manner that builds trust with our investors, portfolio companies, business partners, and other stakeholders. Actions speak louder than words.
- Be transparent and open with customers.
- Always tell the truth.
- Do what you say you are going to do, and finish on schedule.
- Try to accurately assess risk.
We strive to be good stewards and managers of all that we are entrusted with. We also strive to do what we are supposed to do when we are supposed to do it, even when it is difficult.
- Be a trustworthy steward of capital for our partners.
- Take ownership of both successes and failures.
- Be responsible by developing a strategic plan.
- Develop budgets and manage them well.
- Set goals and be accountable.
We strive to treat others as we would like to be treated. Additionally, we respect the “team,” understanding that there is strength in a multitude of counselors.
- Respond to communications as soon as possible or tell when you’ll be able to respond.
- Respect people’s time; punctuality is the soul of business.
- Respect the hiring process by recruiting the best fit for the job and company values.
We strive to be compassionate and care about the well-being of one another.
- Be kind.
- Be abundant with praise and judicious with criticism.
- Care for fellow employees like family.
We strive to approach all relationships with an attempt to understand the others’ needs. Then we work to find ways to create business partnerships that are fair and beneficial to key stakeholders.
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood; this process tends to foster fairness.
- Seek to build a group of customers that are “fair.”
We strive to be generous, participative, and proactive in the communities in which we operate.
- Be generous by giving the company time and resources – within reason.
- Stay informed about issues in the communities where the company operates and participate where appropriate.
- Develop deep relationships with local charities.
Brandt Hamby is a co-founder and Managing Director of Six Pillars Partners. Brandt serves on the SPP investment committee and is responsible for the management of the firm along with origination, due diligence, value-creation, and fundraising.
Prior to Six Pillars, Brandt was a startup co-founder, public company executive, and private equity investor. Brandt and his partners founded StraightSource, a pioneer in Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) before selling the Company to Kenexa (NYSE: KNXA) in 2007. Brandt served as an Executive at Kenexa prior to founding Six Pillars. Currently, Brandt serves on the Board of Directors of Cadient Talent, Tax Advisors Group, The Liberty Group, and the Sigma Nu Alumni Association. Brandt is a graduate of The University of North Texas holding a BA in Industrial Psychology.
Brandt’s wife is still putting up with him after 25 years. They have three children, two boys, and one girl. They adopted their oldest son from St. Petersburg, Russia, and continue to be involved in the international adoption community. Even though his drives are flying a bit shorter these days, Brandt is an avid golfer. He also enjoys travel, food, and time on the lake.
Archie Jones is a Managing Director of Six Pillars Partners and a Professor at Harvard Business School, where he teaches Entrepreneurial Management and Finance to MBA students. Archie serves on the SPP investment committee and is responsible for the management of the firm along with origination, diligence, value-creation, and fundraising.
Prior to Six Pillars Partners, Archie held executive positions at private equity, public and private companies including IBM (NYSE: IBM), Kenexa (NYSE: KNXA), NOWaccount Network Corporation, and Parthenon Capital. In addition, Archie serves on the Board of Directors of Fleetcor (NYSE: FLT) and Project Evident. Archie is a Certified Public Accountant, is a graduate of Morehouse College, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Archie has three boys that keep him busy (and devoid of food). In his spare time, you’ll find him spending time with family, working with non-profits, or doing all things outdoors with a bent toward golf, hunting, or fishing.
Carl Hefton is a co-founder and Managing Director of Six Pillars Partners. Carl is responsible for firm operations, diligence, and value-creation.
Carl began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co before joining Resource Services Inc. (RSI) as CFO. Carl later became CEO of Viscern which was the holding company of RSI and its sister company, Ketchum. In 2006 Viscern was sold to a family office. Following the sale of Viscern and prior to joining Six Pillars, Carl was a founding partner of Entrust, a Texas investment bank focused on lower middle-market businesses. Carl is on the board of Tax Advisors Group (Chairman) and Greater Europe Missions. Carl holds a BBA in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of North Texas.
Carl and his wife of 47 years have three sons, three wonderful daughters-in-law, and most importantly, ten adorable grandchildren! The Hefton’s have been members of The Heights Baptist Church since 1975. Both are very involved in numerous leadership roles with their church and are active volunteers within their community. Because he is a glutton for punishment, Carl has completed six marathons including the New York City Marathon. In his free time these days, Carl enjoys non-profit leadership, golf, and travel. Most often, he will be found as a cheerleader at his grandchildren’s sporting events.
Teddy Saltzstein is a Vice President at Six Pillars Partners. Teddy is responsible for origination, firm marketing, diligence, execution, and value-creation.
Teddy began his career with Deloitte in valuations and consulting before transitioning to private equity. He spent 4 years with Rosewood Private Investments (private equity arm of the Hunt family), focused on origination, execution, financial modeling, and diligence. While at Rosewood, Teddy was a board observer for Novaria Group, a buy-and-build in the Aerospace and Defense sector. He was heavily involved in a number of Novaria acquisitions, leading workstreams for debt financing, modeling, diligence, and value creation. With an entrepreneurial itch, Teddy left Rosewood for several stints as a tech/startup CEO, strategy consultant, and private equity investor before landing at Six Pillars. Teddy holds a BBA and MPA (Masters, Professional Accounting) from the University of Texas at Austin, and currently holds a seat on the Board of Directors for The Liberty Group.
Teddy is recently married and therefore spending time practicing the phrase “yes, dear”. He enjoys golf, travel, and time with friends and family; and can sometimes be found on a court honing his mad Pickleball skills.