These are Sterling’s core values. Partnerships are the foundation of everything we do. With seven equal partners, most of whom have spent the majority of their careers at Sterling, true partnership is central to the Sterling culture. We are by nature passionate about industrial businesses. Rooted in a firm-wide discipline and drive for excellence, we continuously seek to improve our portfolio companies and our own firm.
We are always looking for talented individuals to join Sterling and its portfolio companies. Please email Claudine Lussier with your interest.
Portfolio Companies: Construction Supply Group, Lynx FBO Network, Safe Fleet
Portfolio Companies: Lynx FBO Network, ProcessBarron, Safe Fleet, Liqui-Box, Velcon Filters
Portfolio Companies: Evergreen North America, American Bath Group, DexKo Global, Express, Roofing Supply Group, Hudson Products, HydroChem Industrial Services
Robert began his career in industrial manufacturing when he joined the rotational leadership development program at Eaton Corporation. During his time at Eaton, Robert worked in production management, continuous improvement, and supply chain management. In his final two years at Eaton he served as a product line manager for two product lines. After spending a few years on the factory floor, he decided he was interested in investing in industrial companies and headed back to school for his M.B.A. Robert joined Sterling in 2017 after finishing business school. Robert also completed internships in Lockheed Martin’s aeronautics segment and in Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division. He received a B.S. in Industrial Distribution from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Portfolio Companies: Specified Air Solutions, Construction Supply Group
Portfolio Companies: Evergreen North America, Saxco
Portfolio Companies: Lynx FBO Network, Highline Aftermarket, Specified Air Solutions, Saxco International, Liqui-Box, B&G Crane, Velcon Filters, North American Energy Partners, BTEC Turbines and Exopack
Portfolio Companies: Construction Supply Group, Safe Fleet, Saxco International, Stackpole, B&G Crane, Roofing Supply Group
Portfolio Companies: Highline Aftermarket, Specified Air Solutions, DexKo
Portfolio Companies: Time Manufacturing, Evergreen North America
Portfolio Companies: Lynx FBO Network, Evergreen North America, Highline Aftermarket, American Bath Group
Portfolio Companies: Specified Air Solutions
Portfolio Companies: Highline Aftermarket, Safe Fleet, CST Industries, Stackpole International, BTEC Turbines and Hudson Products, with roles in management at HydroChem, AXIA, and Cain Chemical
Portfolio Companies: Time Manufacturing, ProcessBarron, Specified Air Solutions, Express, Universal Fiber Systems and Velcon Filters
Portfolio Companies: DexKo Global, Saxco International
Portfolio Companies: Highline Aftermarket, ProcessBarron
Portfolio Companies: Time Manufacturing, Evergreen North America, Saxco International, B&G Crane, Stackpole International, Universal Fiber Systems, Hudson Products, Panolam Industries, Propex and North American Energy Partners
Portfolio Companies: Construction Supply Group, Safe Fleet
Sean joined Sterling as a Partner in 2017 after having spent the last 16 years as Sterling’s lead lender in his prior role as Managing Director in the Merchant Banking Group at BNP Paribas. Sean was involved in financing nearly every Sterling investment since 2001. Over the course of his career at BNP, Sean cultivated close relationships with sponsors that spanned many years and multiple transactions. Sean and Sterling shared the same philosophy: that sponsors and lenders should partner together to build winning businesses, achieving the best possible returns for all parties. In 2017, Sterling and Sean formed the Sterling Credit Fund to offer both Sterling and other sponsors a mezzanine and second lien lending partner that subscribed to this philosophy. Sean is an expert at originating, structuring and executing senior and subordinated debt instruments and equity co-investments in the middle market and has underwritten over $12 billion of senior, mezzanine and second lien debt and made over $50 million of equity co-investments. Sean received a B.B.A. from the University of Arkansas and an M.B.A. from the M.J. McNeely School of Business at Texas Christian University.