Meet the team
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.
Gian Cavallini joined Holleway Capital Partners in 2018. Prior to joining Holleway, Gian served as Vice President of Strategy & Development for a telemedicine healthcare services provider where his responsibilities included new product development, corporate development, strategic partner relationships and legal matters. Previously, Gian acquired a majority interest in and served as President of a physician practice management company, and prior thereto was an investment banker and private equity investor. Throughout his career, Mr. Cavallini has worked closely with and advised entrepreneurs, executives and their boards of directors regarding strategic and general financial matters.
Mr. Cavallini serves on the boards of several privately held companies. He received his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and his BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis.