Lacey Wismer is the founder and Managing Partner of Hunter Search Capital. Previously, Lacey spent ten years managing private equity investments with an emphasis on search funds for Hunter Trust, during which time she made over 50 investments in the search fund space. Lacey is a Co-Founder of Women’s Search Network, a group formed to encourage more women to consider entrepreneurship through acquisition as a viable career path and to support female searchers and CEOs achieve the highest levels of success.
Prior to joining Hunter Trust in 2009, Lacey was a healthcare investment banker at Deutsche Bank with an emphasis on M&A in healthcare services. She was also a consultant for the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). Before attending business school, Lacey worked in corporate sales and athlete management for a sports management firm.
Lacey received a B.A. with Honors from the University of Colorado in 1999 and an M.B.A. from the Stanford GSB in 2004. Lacey has held various board roles for non-profits, including currently as a Private Equity Committee Member for the Stanford Business School Trust Board and an ongoing Alumni Admissions Interviewer for Stanford University. She resides with her husband and their three children in Park City, Utah.
Billy Bennett is a Vice President of Hunter Search Capital and is focused on helping searchers and CEOs to be successful. Previously Billy spent 8 years with McKinsey & Company, based in the firm's Denver, San Francisco, Johannesburg, & Minneapolis offices. As an Associate Partner, he was a leader in the Tech, Media, & Telecom and Marketing & Sales practices, focused on business building and top-line acceleration for tech and tech-enabled companies - from startups to scaled disruptors.
Before attending business school, Billy worked in corporate strategy and brand development for The Walt Disney Company, driving strategic growth programs across all of the company's businesses.
Billy received a B.Sc. with Honors from Indiana University in 2009 and an M.B.A. from the Stanford GSB in 2016. He resides with his wife and son in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Alex Bridgeman is the founder of the "Think Like an Owner" podcast, and he seeks out conversations with company owners and investors to learn how to acquire and run small companies, with a focus on search funds, micro private equity, and permanent capital. Alex interviewed Lacey about women in search along with how Lacey has grown in her career, alternative models in search, constructing a searcher’s board, and how she’s instilling entrepreneurial values with her two daughters.
Lacey hosted a webinar on ETA to highlight women searchers and introduce a few alternative ETA models to a traditional search fund. In this webinar, panelists shared their path to and motivations for search, their specific search model, and experience. Lacey shared insight about search fund investors' perspective into non-traditional search models.
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