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Investar’s multi-skilled team has over 60 years of combined experience in investing, deep private equity, investment banking, management consulting, and operating expertise. More than 30 boards of directorship and over 200 investments completed.

ChristianFuentes

Christian Fuentes

CEO and Managing Partner

Christian is Managing Partner at Investar Financial since 2005. Christian leads Investar's US Real Estate portfolio and lower middle market private equity investments. Christian is a member of the Investment Committee and Board member of most of Investar's portfolio companies. During his tenure, Investar Financial has invested in different real estate asset classes such as multifamily, industrial, commercial, and retail, among others, and in several direct and fund investments in sectors such as food and beverage, energy, logistics, transportation, consumer, retail, and telecommunications. Christian has experience in investment banking, management consulting, public policy and venture capital. Prior to joining Investar, Christian was Director for the Mexican Department of Energy. He also worked at the investment bank ProtegoEvercore, British venture capital, WorldCap, and management consulting firm Mckinsey & Co. Christian holds an MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and graduated from ITAM University in Mexico with a BA in Economics specialized in Finance.

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Tomás Díaz Mathé is Partner at Investar. He leads the private equity investment efforts and is a member of the Investment Committee. Tomas joined Investar in 2019 and has over 20 years of experience in private equity and growth investing, and active value creation and performance transformation. Prior to Investar, Tomás was Partner at Northgate Capital, head of their London office and member of the Global Investment Committee. At Northgate, Tomás was responsible for the firm’s investment strategy as well as investment sourcing, execution, and portfolio value creation efforts. Furthermore, Tomás was responsible for the opening of the Mexico office. Prior to Northgate Capital, Tomás worked as a senior consultant at McKinsey & Co. where he developed and implemented corporate transformation and operational improvement programs. Before, he was an investment professional focusing on venture, growth and private equity direct investments at GE Capital and The Exxel Group. Tomás holds an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and graduated from ITBA in Argentina with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering.

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Samuel Male

Senior Associate

Sam is a Senior Associate at Investar Capital. He has been with the firm since 2017 and his responsibilities include identifying and evaluating private equity investment opportunities, performing transaction due diligence, and monitoring portfolio investments. Prior to joining Investar, Sam was an Investment Banking Analyst at William Blair & Company. Sam also worked as an Analyst at Bank of America. Sam graduated from Southern Methodist University where he earned a B.B.A. in Finance and a B.S. in Economics with Financial Applications.

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Catalina Santos

Senior Associate

Catalina is a Senior Associate at Investar Capital. She has been with the firm since 2016 and her responsibilities include identifying and evaluating private equity investment opportunities, performing transaction due diligence, and monitoring portfolio investments. Catalina graduated with honors from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, where she earned a B.A. degree in Economics. She holds a Certificate in Applied Economics from Southern Methodist University.

MichaelDickson

Michael Dickson

Controller

Michael is responsible for managing all financial operations and administration of ICP Group. He handles a number of tasks including oversight of fund administration, compliance with SEC regulations, tax, investor relations and assists in the development of strategic plans for the firm. He joined ICP in 2019, bringing over 7 years of experience in Alternative Asset administration and operations. His experience spans multiple asset classes and investment products including fund of funds, hedge funds, VC, LBO, and Special Situations funds. In his prior role, he was with Neuberger Berman, a registered advisor with over $304 Billion in assets under management. While there he acted as the Controller for a $1.5 Billion Fund of Funds with over 1,110 investors. Michael holds a B.S. in Finance and an M.S. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas.