Team Additions

November 18, 2019

The Sterling Group Announces New Hires

The Sterling Group, a Houston-based, operationally-focused middle-market private equity firm, announces the addition of Nathaniel Reeve, Kern Vijayvargiya, both Vice Presidents, Jared Bell and Joe Cueter, both Associates. In addition, Christine Shtepani has joined the firm as a Senior Associate, Sourcing and Abby Russell has joined as an Associate focused on Investor Relations. Each new hire shares a passion for building industrial businesses, and we welcome them to the Sterling team.

Nathaniel Reeve

Vice President

Nate joins Sterling after graduating from Harvard Business School. Previously, he was Director of FP&A at Warby Parker.

Portfolio Companies: Polychem

Kern Vijayvargiya

Vice President
Kern joins from Tiger Global Management where he was focused on analyzing investments in the technology and consumer sectors. Kern received an M.B.A from The Wharton School.

Portfolio Companies: Highline

Christine Shtepani

Senior Associate, Sourcing

Prior to Sterling, Christine was an Associate on the Leveraged Finance team at J.P. Morgan focusing on acquisition financing, leveraged high yield debt originations for regional diversified middle market and corporate clients.

Abby Russell

Associate, Investor RelationsĀ 

Abby joins Sterling from Evercore where she focused on advising clients in the energy industry on mergers and acquisitions. Abby is also a licensed CPA in the State of Texas.

Jared BellĀ 


Jared joins from Credit Suisse, where he focused on mergers, acquisitions, and high yield financings for companies across the energy industry.

Portfolio Companies: Tangent and Highline

Joe Cueter


Joe joins Sterling from Harris Williams, where he focused on advising clients in the helathcare and life sciences industry on mergers and acquisitions. Joe is a Certified Public Accountant.

Portfolio Companies: Time and DexKo

About The Sterling Group

Founded in 1982, The Sterling Group is a private equity investment firm that targets controlling interests in basic manufacturing, distribution and industrial services companies. Typical enterprise values of these companies range from $100 million to $750 million. Sterling has sponsored the buyout of 55 platform companies and numerous add-on acquisitions for a total transaction value of over $10.0 billion. Currently, Sterling has over $2.0 billion of assets under management. For further information, please visit

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