About Great Hill Advisors


Great Hill Advisors is a financial and operational consultant who can serve as your financial manager or advisor. The firm is led by Rick Allen – a deeply-involved manager whom you can speak with on a peer level.

Rick Allen smiling.

Rick Allen

  • Extensive track record with private equity, leveraged environments, banks, capital sources, and Boards of Directors. 
  • COO / CFO / Consultant / Outside Director for both private equity and family owned companies.
  • Former business owner with successful high-multiple exit.
  • Over 30 years of experience professionalizing companies through strong financial and operating leadership.

Managing Partner

Successful engagements include:

  • Member, Board of Advisors and CFO – Early stages of Nation's Best Holdings, an acquisition strategy of hardware and lumber retailers.
    • Key topics include strategy presentations, banking search and implementation, management team development, investor relations, due diligence oversight, and support. (Nations Best)
  • CFO of Koster Keunen – a global leader in the wax industry for formulating, processing and marketing quality waxes to the personal care, pharmaceutical, and industrial industries.
  • Advisor to ownership and CFO of privately-held diversified Holding Company – Providing financial organization advice, CFO development, financial information, and analytical support.
  • Due diligence and transaction support on $500 million company sale for Catterton Partners.
  • Financial and operating project leadership for a $100 million packaging company. RFE Investment Partners portfolio company.
  • Member, Board of Directors for Alex Brands – Private equity portfolio company with trademarks including Alex Toys, Poof, Slinky, Ideal, and others. Lead financial and liquidity committee.

CFO / Advisor to Family Council

  • Lead executive on all internal and external financial matters, while acting as an advisor to the principal owners of the company.

Senior Vice President / CFO

  • Recruited to serve as CFO of the worldwide organization following several years on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Connecticut.
  • Developed and initiated a turnaround plan for the finance department. 
  • Followed several years on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Connecticut

Co-Owner / COO / CFO

  • Initially recruited as CFO to bring professional management to the company – later achieved ownership position of a $40 million packaging company by leading the leveraged acquisition from the majority owner. 
  • Obtained acquisition financing for a management buyout, and later maintained excellent banking relations during workout status.
  • Addressed a turnaround situation, stabilized the company, improved profitability, and executed the original business plan to sell the company for high multiples meaningful equity returns.

Partner / Independent Sponsor

Successful engagements include:

  • Led investment and financial advisory activities for portfolio companies. 
  • Completed transactions and roles included:
    • Sold a minority interest in a technology company to Summit Partners
    • Led a $60 million recapitalization of a $175 million revenue beverage distributor
    • Served as CEO for a residential alarm consolidation strategy. 

EVP and Member, Board of Directors

  • Recruited as a Group Vice President to institute sound business practices for 4 divisions of the $350 million manufacturer/retailer of rainwear, outerwear and sportswear that were generating more than 40% of total company revenues. 
  • Developed business plans, built new management teams, and implemented inventory and MIS systems.
  • Action plans helped grow retail division from 40 to 110 stores, increased licensing and international division revenues 20%, and reduced sportswear division costs by 40%. 

Managing Director

  • Manager of New York City Office for leveraged loans and investments, primarily acquisition related.
  • Held virtually every professional position in the acquisition lending division-leading to Managing Director – including auditor, loan officer, transaction roles and manager positions.
  • Led 25-person group and was responsible for all aspects of generating, closing and monitoring investments totaling $2.5 billion.