Meet the team


Holly Huels

Founder and Managing Partner

Holly Huels has broad experience financing and investing in lower middle-market equity transactions for over 25 years. Prior to co-founding Holleway Capital Partners, she spent 22 years with Capital For Business (“CFB”), the St. Louis-based SBIC private equity subsidiary of Commerce Bancshares. During these years, Ms. Huels was involved in every aspect of private equity fund formation, documentation, reporting, investing, board oversight, and harvesting. Ms. Huels was instrumental in the development and execution of CFB’s investment model and strategy.

Ms. Huels was the first woman Chairman of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies (“NASBIC”), now called Small Business Investors Alliance (“SBIA”). SBIA is a national trade association of lower middle market fund managers and investors. Ms. Huels has been a member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth (“ACG”) since 1993 and a board member of the organization from 2011 to today. She is a member and a prior board member of the St. Louis Forum, a women’s executive and professional organization.

Ms. Huels earned an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and a BSBA in Accounting from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a CPA.


E. Wesley Hampp (Wes)

Founder and Managing Partner

Wes Hampp has acquired extensive lower middle market private equity and mezzanine experience. Prior to co-founding Holleway Capital Partners, he spent nine years as a Managing Director with First Capital Partners (“FCP”), an Omaha-based junior capital fund, and the previous eight years with CFB in St. Louis. During these years Mr. Hampp was involved in every aspect of fund formation, documentation, fund raising, reporting, investing, board oversight, and harvesting. When Mr. Hampp joined FCP, it was a captive investment group within First National Bank of Nebraska. Mr. Hampp, along with two co-workers at FCP, spun out from First National Bank, and formed an unleveraged SBIC, and raised $91 million of private capital.

Mr. Hampp was a co-founder, board member, and former President of ACG Nebraska, 2013 ACG Chapter of the Year. He is a member of the Washington University Olin School of Business Alumni Board, and he is also a finance committee member for the United Way of the Midlands, in Omaha. Wes resides in Overland Park, Kansas.

Mr. Hampp earned a BSBA and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin School of Business and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.