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Kurt Wickham

Partner, West Partners

Kurt Wickham joined West Partners in 2015. West Partners is part of the Gary and Mary West family office, and has a permanent capital base with no outside investors. Wickham is responsible for sourcing, evaluating and structuring investment opportunities in private companies as well as serving on the boards of West portfolio companies. Before he joined West, he was a co-founder of W Partners, a boutique investment banking firm in La Jolla. Wickham also worked as a cross-border specialist for Credit Suisse’s global mergers and acquisitions group and as a member of Ernst & Young’s entrepreneurial services group. Wickham participates in the Association for Corporate Growth and is a board member of the San Diego Chapter.

ALMA MATER: Brigham Young University (undergrad and MBA)

BEST ADVICE: “Stay liquid! Liquidity is like air: you don’t value it until you can’t get it.”

PROUD MOMENT: Closing the sale of Titan Corp. to L-3 Communications.

NAME GAME: Despite the similarity in names, W Partners and West Partners are not affiliated. W Partners is named based on its co-founders, Joel Weinstein, Wickham and Todd Wilson. West Partners is part of the Gary and Mary West umbrella of companies and organizations.