Richard J. Wood Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Richard has more than 14 years of investment banking experience spanning both boutique and middle market firms.  He has participated in over 75 transactions including Equity & Debt Capital Raises, Mergers & Acquisitions, PIPEs and Restructurings.  Prior to Co-Founding First Hill Partners, Richard was a Director at Thomas Weisel Partners, where he lead the firms efforts in the origination, structuring and execution of private placements across all industry sectors.  While at Thomas Weisel Partners he served on the Private Placement commitment committee and completed numerous transactions in the Technology, Internet & New Media, Healthcare and Cleantech sectors.  Before joining Thomas Weisel Partners, Richard worked at Cascadia Capital, where he was a member of the Management Committee and served as the lead private placement banker across all sectors.  Prior to Cascadia, he was an investment banker with Piper Jaffray.  Richard began his career in finance and corporate development with The Cobalt Group in Seattle.  He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Seattle University, where he currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Department of Finance, and appears as a guest lecturer.

Jeffrey H. Sussman Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Jeff brings over 14 years of experience in boutique and middle market investment firms, as well as principal investments.  Jeff has participated in over 80 transactions spanning Mergers & Acquisitions, Public Offerings, Private Placements, and Leveraged Buy-outs.  Prior to Co-Founding First Hill, Jeff was a Founding Member and Co-Head of the Cantor Fitzgerald Technology and Business Service Investment Banking Group.  Prior to joining Cantor, Jeff was with Cascadia Capital where he was a member of the Management Committee and served as the lead banker on M&A, recapitalization and financing transactions of all the firm's sectors.  Before joining Cascadia, Jeff was with Exigen LTD as its Head of M&A and with Piper Jaffray as an Associate in the Investment Banking Group.  Jeff has also taught courses at the University of Washington and the University of Colorado and has been called to provide independent Expert Witness Testimony on Technology Mergers and Acquisitions.  Jeff graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and holds a B.S. in Business Administration.  He also sits on the Boards of Directors or Advisors of several private companies and is a partner with Aspire Partners, a Strategic Consulting firm.