Patrick F. Hamner (57) is Managing Principal of Servant Capital Partners, LLC, an advisor to and investor in lower middle market businesses involved in M&A transactions and/or accessing private equity, venture capital and angel financing. In November 2012, Mr. Hamner was appointed a Managing Director of Patriot Capital, a private equity fund operating as a Small Business Investment Company based in Baltimore, MD with offices in Chicago, IL and Dallas, TX. Mr. Hamner leads the Dallas office. See www.patriot-capital.com for additional information.
Mr. Hamner is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the SMU Cox School of Business teaching MBA courses on Management of Entrepreneurial Businesses. He served as a Founding Principal from 2009 to 2011 with Valesco Commerce Street Capital, L.P. a Dallas-based non-leveraged Small Business Investment Company that raised $69 mm from 53 community banks and other non-bank investors. After working for Capital Southwest Corporation [NASDAQ: CSWC] for 24 years, a publicly-traded Business Development Company, he joined Heelys, Inc., [Formerly NASDAQ: HLYS] a specialty footwear manufacturer based in Carrollton, Texas in 2006 as a member of its senior management while continuing to serve on its board. He had previously led Capital Southwest’s investment in Heelys at its inception in May 2000 and served as its Chairman until August 2007. Heelys was sold in Jaunary 2013 to Sequential Brands [OTC Market: SQBG]. During his tenure at Capital Southwest, where he last served as Senior Vice President, he was responsible for developing and monitoring venture capital and private equity investment opportunities, facilitating numerous add-on acquisitions and serving on fourteen boards of directors.
Mr. Hamner has served as a past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (“NASBIC”), now known as the Small Business Investor Alliance or “SBIA.” He also served as the past co-chairman of the NASBIC and National Venture Capital Association’s Joint Education Committee which sponsored the Venture Capital Institute. Since 1994, he has periodically served as a faculty member and/or moderator of the Venture Capital Institute. Since its inception in 2001, he has lectured annually in the SMU Cox School of Business Venture Capital Practicum class and is Chairman of the Advisory Board to the SMU Cox MBA Venture Fund. He is a member of the Baylor Angel Network.
Mr. Hamner is a Steering Committee Member of the Southwest Venture Forum. He served for 20 years on the Steering Committee of the DFW Private Equity Forum and is also a past board member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and the Commercial Finance Association. Mr. Hamner is Treasurer of Marketplace Ministries Foundation and is a Board member of the Letourneau University Center for Faith and Work. He is a shepherding Deacon and choir member at Park Cities Presbyterian Church and is a former Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 125 at Northwest Bible Church. He is a former Boathouse Captain for the Dallas Rowing Club and is a three time US Rowing Masters National Champion (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 Club quad). Mr. Hamner holds an MBA and Deans Award (1981) from The University of Texas at Austin and a BSME cum laude (1979) from Southern Methodist University. He has been married for 24 years to Dr. Janie Simms Hamner, a pediatrician, and they have three sons, two of whom are Eagle Scouts, who attend Baylor, SMU and Highland Park High School.