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Trent Hickman

Managing Director

Trent is a Managing Director and is responsible for developing investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, arranging debt financing for portfolio investments, structuring investments, and monitoring portfolio companies.

Since joining VSS in 1999, he has been active in the Firm's investments in Access Intelligence LLC, Centroid, Coretelligent, GreenSlate, Hanley Wood, Mediatel (Yellow Brick Road), MetSchools, Pepcom, QuadraNet, Really Great Reading, Southern Theatres, TMP Worldwide (now Radancy), Tranzact, and Vault.com.

Trent is currently a member of the Board of Managers of the following VSS portfolio companies: Centroid and GreenSlate. In addition, he is a board observer of Coretelligent. He previously served on the boards of Access Intelligence, Coretelligent, Quadranet, Radancy, Really Great Reading, Southern Theatres, Tranzact, and Vault.

Prior to attending business school, Trent was an Analyst and Associate in the Media & Entertainment Investment Banking Group of First Union Securities (now Wells Fargo Securities), where he was involved in structuring and underwriting syndicated leveraged loans and high yield issuances for several VSS portfolio companies, including Rifkin Acquisition Partners, Canon Communications, Centaur Communications, and The Official Information Company.

Trent serves on the board of directors and Treasurer for the New York State Ski Racing Association and as an Alpine Ski Racing Coach for Windham Mountain. He previously served as a Trustee and member of the investment committee for the Hunter College Foundation and as a Trustee and Chairman of the board of trustees of Bronx Charter School for the Arts.

Trent holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in History and French from Duke University.

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