Bobbi J. Babitz
Bobbi Babitz is co-president and co-founder of the Denver based investment bank Britehorn Partners (Britehorn) and its broker/dealer subsidiary Britehorn Securities. Britehorn Partners is a middle market full service licensed and regulated investment bank and a securities broker/dealer with a strong history of both M&A and buy/sale-side advisement transactions in regional, national, and international markets. Britehorn's function is to advise client(s), both buy/sell side through deal sourcing, structure, and financing, to transaction close.
Bobbi launched her 25-year career in finance in New York City, where she spent 15 years in roles with increasing responsibility in investment banking and private equity, as well as serving as CEO/COO roles in portfolio companies she’s helped build or turn-around. After moving to Denver in 2010, Bobbi and Brett Story found Britehorn Partners (fka LoHi Merchant Bank) to exploit what they viewed was a need for blue chip, high touch boutique investment banking in the burgeoning M&A middle market. Since its inception, they have grown Britehorn Partners to be a nationally esteemed practice focused on M&A in the technology, telecom, business services and consumer sectors.
With her valuable skills and determination to be part of something that matters, Britehorn Partners distinguished itself as a leader in the industry. From the unique business model of breaking the barriers of rigid and monotone deal structuring and realizing the valuable management expertise of client companies, Britehorn is able to tailor each deal individually for its customers. "We at Britehorn also enjoy investing in our clients on a case by case basis by deferring some costs to equity. Britehorn feels that having a better alignment in the deals we're banking help ensure the focus of each transaction." She continues, " Having owned and invested personally in businesses, we can think more 'out-of-box' than many deal-only focused investment bankers are willing to do. I do believe this is a perspective allowing an instep alignment affording a foundation for a long term relationships."
In 2015, Britehorn Partners acquired a broker dealer subsidiary “Britehorn Securities” to meet another unmet need in investment banking, that for a highly qualitive institutional broker dealer for small investment banking groups throughout the country. Britehorn Securities is a turnkey outsourced broker-dealer platform which provide investment bankers, fund raisers and placement agents the best suite of broker-dealer services available with highly competitive economics. "We found there was discontent with many banking firm's relationships regarding broker/dealers throughout the nation and envisioned a superior , more streamlined process and competitive rates. Through hard work, we’ve built a top notch platform for experienced institutional bankers and placement agents throughout the country. This business is also in a high growth mode," she's proud to say.
Bobbi places high importance on hiring and mentoring women with the goal of expanding their interest and ranks in finance. “My second job in finance was as an analyst for 100% woman owned and managed hedge fund Doran Capital. I learned to be fearless, confident with my own aptitude and how to step, sometimes crash, past boundaries in a fully male dominated world from my boss, mentor and the firm’s CEO, Barbara Doran.”
As a leader in her profession, Bobbi is also a leader in the community Bobbi is a founding board member and chairman emeritus of Stoked Mentoring (https://www.stoked.org/), a NYC and L.A. based non-profit which mentors at risk youth. Bobbi is also a board member, executive committee member and treasurer of the Directors Invitational Ski Classic, the oldest PRO/AM ski race in the nation and one of the largest on slope events benefiting the U.S. ski team. Bobbi also is a huge champion of her alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College.