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Senior Partners


Gary Hokkanen is a Senior Partner at Brightstar and a Member of the Investment Committee. Since 2005, Gary has worked closely with Andrew Weinberg while serving on the boards of Formation Energy, Intermodal Holdings and MBI Energy Services. He currently serves on the board of Texas Water Supply Company, a Brightstar portfolio company. After serving in the United States Air Force Security Service, Gary founded the Cynergi Group, a provider of comprehensive advisory services to family offices and closely held businesses.

Gary also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Carlson Marketing Group, a division of the Carlson Companies, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Prior to his time at Carlson, Gary served as CEO & President of various companies in the telecom, satcom, data services and manufacturing sectors. These companies include: Wam!Net, The Miner Group, World Satellite Network, and Apollo Communications. Gary currently serves on the boards of Sparboe Companies, Accumold, Park Industries, and Westwater Energy Services. He also previously served on the board of Ciprico.