Executive Spotlight: Brent Smith
Brent Smith has been a part of our “Executive Network” for over a decade, and is currently the CEO of Helix Traffic Solutions, a Nonantum portfolio company since August 2021. Brent served as CEO of a previous portfolio company back during our days at Charlesbank. We maintained and grew the relationship and over time became each other’s partner of choice.
How have we helped each other over the years? After exiting the Charlesbank-backed portfolio company, Brent was looking for a new CEO role. We provided guidance and served as a reference for him. Brent landed at Helix, and we remained in touch. As fate would have it, Helix’s private equity sponsor put Helix into a sale process. This process was both competitive and complex, and our historic relationship with Brent helped position Nonantum for success, enabling us to emerge as the partner of choice for reasons other than price. This is just one example of the impact of long-standing relationships.
Brent: “I am thrilled to be a part of the Executive Network. My historic relationship with the Nonantum team has provided the opportunity to run companies with them twice, so far, in my career. Good people tend to run with good people, and I look forward to getting to know more of the Executive Network members in the coming years. Let me know if you need some orange traffic barrels in your area…”