Robert S. Hicks, Jr.
Robert Hicks is a Founder and Managing Partner of Fremantle Capital.
Prior to co-founding Fremantle Capital, Robert spent nine years as a partner and president of Capstar Partners, an investment firm started by his father, Steve Hicks. At Capstar Partners, Robert served on the boards, and ultimately as the shareholder representative in the sale of the following portfolio companies: DMX, Inc.—sold to Mood Media (TSX: MM) in 2012 for $104 million—Harden Healthcare’s home health and hospice business—sold to Gentiva Health Services (NASDAQ: GTIV) in 2013 for $408 million—CPO Commerce—sold to United Stationers (NASDAQ: USTR) in 2014 for $42 million—and Harden Healthcare’s long-term care business—sold to Senior Care Centers in 2015 for $45 million. Robert also managed the development and eventual sale of Capstar’s real estate assets, including residential developments in Big Sky, Montana, and St. Barth’s, West Indies.
Before joining Capstar Partners, Robert co-founded and ran the finance department for CPO Commerce, an e-commerce company partnering with manufacturers to sell pre-owned consumer products. Before that, Robert served as Director of Business Development and Analysis for CLICK Radio, a start-up venture providing digital music services. Robert began his career as an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse
(NYSE: CS) in New York.
Robert currently serves on the Board of Directors of Star Dental Partners and Stonecreek Dental Care.
Robert earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and a M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a chartered financial analyst and a member of the CFA Institute. Robert has been a member of the Austin Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization since 2009. Robert lives in Austin with his wife and three children.
Stephen S. Lanier
Stephen Lanier is a Founder and Managing Partner of Fremantle Capital.
Prior to co-founding Fremantle Capital, Stephen spent seven years working for Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and its largest affiliate Georgia Power, where he held leadership positions in operations, compliance, governmental affairs, and the office of the general counsel. Stephen developed corporate and regulatory strategies to support the company’s evolving generation portfolio, including nuclear development and the expansion of renewable resources.
Before joining Southern Company, Stephen served in the Central Intelligence Agency during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. He produced intelligence assessments for senior U.S. policymakers and provided strategic planning and tactical support for military and intelligence operations abroad. From 2005-2007, he was detailed to the National Counterterrorism Center.
Stephen began his career as a securities analyst for Merrill Lynch (NYSE: BAC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and previously served as a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Stephen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Oxford Industries (NYSE: OXM) and Stonecreek Dental Care.
Stephen earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and a M.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.