Biographies

 

 HUMBLE / CREDENTIALED

EXPERIENCED / ETHICAL

HARD WORKING

 
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Nick Jean baptiste

Nick has over 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur, working with growing businesses and providing financial service solutions to companies. Between 2013-2015, Nick was a Principal at Peterson Partners ($1B AUM growth private equity shop based in Salt Lake City, UT). During Nick’s tenure at Peterson Partners, he sourced and led diligence on 50+ opportunities across a wide range of industries, including BPOs, credit card processing, kiosk services, oil & gas service providers and telecom services. Nick also led Peterson’s investments in Si Senor (leading Tex Mex chain of restaurants in Brazil), DCI (leading voice and data service provider to luxury hotels) and PEC (leading safety service provider to the oil & gas industry). 

Prior to joining Peterson Partners in 2013, Nick was a Vice President with Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., in New York City, where he provided strategic advisory services and capital market solutions to private equity clients. Nick began his career on Wall Street with Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division in 2007, where he was a member of the bank’s Healthcare Coverage Group. During Nick’s tenure on Wall Street, he was part of a team that provided debt financing for over $10B of capital for private equity sponsored recapitalizations and was a key member of teams that led 5 public equity offerings.

 
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Ernest lyles

Ernest has over a decade of experience as an entrepreneur, working with growing businesses and providing financial service solutions to companies. Prior to founding the HiGro Group in 2016, Ernest was an Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank since 2006. During Ernest's the business services, tech-enabled services and GOVCON industries. Ernest possesses an extensive network of C-level operators, private equity professionals and broader business and government leaders. Ernest dedicates a significant amount of time building community through Board membership of the Boys and Girls Harbor. 

Ernest is a graduate of Shepherd University in West Virginia and Howard University School of Law in Washington DC.