A unique range and depth of experience is what we believe sets our Partners apart. Collectively, we share over 100 years of private equity experience at Sterling. Each is actively involved both in investment activities and in the oversight and direction of portfolio companies.

John D. Hawkins



John joined Sterling in 1992. He is responsible for sourcing and executing acquisitions and the oversight of portfolio companies. John is the Chairman of Saxco International and Specified Air and is on the board of Highline Distribution. He was previously on the boards of Liqui-Box, B&G Crane, Velcon Filters, North American Energy Partners, BTEC Turbines and Exopack.  John was previously on the professional staff of Arthur Andersen & Co. Mr. Hawkins received a B.S.B.A. in accounting from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. with honors from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.