Carl Hefton

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Carl Hefton has 35 years of business experience, most recently as Managing Director or Six Pillars Partners. Prior to joining Six Pillars, Carl was a Founding Partner of Entrust Capital Advisors, which provides M&A advisory and other investment banking services focusing on companies that have enterprise value of between $2 and $50 million. Carl is a partner/mentor with Tech Wildcatters (a technology start up accelerator), a general partner with a hedge fund and is working with several start up organizations in various capacities from investor to advisor to Board member. Carl is also part of an angel investment group and is actively involved in evaluating real estate, private equity and early stage investment opportunities. Carl is on the University of North Texas, College of Business, Advisory Board and serves on the board of Richardson Hospital Authority, which owns Methodist Richardson Medical Center. He is also a partner with Dallas Social Venture Partners (DSVP), which is focused on strengthening the Dallas community by investing time and money in not-for-profit organizations that are helping at-risk children and supporting innovations in education. Through DSVP and other relationships, Carl is engaged with a number of not- for-profit organizations in various capacities including strategy and fund raising. Also, Carl is actively involved through his church with a group that is focused on transforming a disadvantaged area in North Dallas and Richardson known as “Park Central”. Carl is a member of three groups that connect potential Board of Director members with Board opportunities for private and public companies and not-for-profit organizations. Throughout his career, Carl has served on a number of Boards including Vice Chair of the Giving Institute (responsible for promoting philanthropy and publishing the most highly regarded annual USA philanthropic giving statistic). Carl is currently evaluating additional Board roles with private companies and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to forming Entrust, Carl was the CEO and President of Viscern, Inc. During Carl’s 20 years with Viscern, the firm provided strategic, on site fund raising and other consulting services to over 10,000 faith-based and not-for-profit organizations throughout the United States, helping them raise over $12 billion. Under Carl's leadership, Viscern's sales grew from less than $3,000,000 to over $40,000,000 with 220 employees. In 2000, 2001 and 2004, Viscern was recognized as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Carl led the effort with his two partners and the counsel of Bear Stearns to sell Viscern to an investment group in 2005. Prior to joining Viscern, Carl was a CPA with Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1975 - 1986. Carl and his wife Gail have been married for 36 years. They have three sons, three wonderful daughters-in-law, and most importantly, three adorable grandchildren. The Heftons have been members of The Heights Baptist Church since 1975. Both are very involved in numerous leadership roles with their church and are active volunteers within their community. Carl is a member of CEO Netweavers, Success North Dallas and Bent Tree Country Club. In his free time, Carl enjoys golf, jogging, biking, working out, traveling, snow skiing, spending time at their lake house, and most of all, playing with his grandchildren. Carl has completed six marathons including the New York City Marathon in a time of 3:59. He graduated summa cum laude in 1975 from the University of North Texas with a BBA in Accounting.