Investment Team

Mark A. Hillman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer, founded HCM in 1998, bringing into the firm assets of predecessor companies he established in the early 1990s. His first investment advisory company, Custom Asset Management, merged with Menocal Capital Management in 1993 and he became Chief Investment Officer of the combined firms. Prior to founding his first firm, he was a financial consultant with Shearson Lehman Hutton. A graduate of Tufts University, he has done graduate coursework at Harvard University Extension School. An expert sailboat racer, he has competed successfully in National and World Championships over four decades.

As the architect of the firm’s proprietary investment process and Chief Investment Officer at HCM, Mark Hillman continues to lead the investment process. Since 1994, his investment results have spoken for themselves and have been recognized by investors and media alike. He has appeared in Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, MSN Money, USA Today, Bloomberg News, Dow Jones Marketwatch, The Baltimore Sun, The San Francisco Chronicle, Bloomberg Television, Kiplinger’s and


Trevor Lee, MBA, Analyst, focuses on assessing the competitive dynamics and valuation of companies. Trevor joined Hillman Capital Management in 2008 and is a member of HCM’s Investment Committee. Trevor evaluates companies from the unique perspective of his solid background in marketing and product development for Fortune 500 companies, including Procter and Gamble, Kraft, and Sara Lee. A graduate of Tufts University, Trevor earned his MBA at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


Katherine O’Donnell, Associate Analyst, focuses on assessing the competitive dynamics and valuation of companies. Kate joined Hillman Capital Management in 2022. Prior to her role at HCM, Ms. O’Donnell served as the Sailing Director of The Carolina Yacht Club, Inc., where she managed the budgeting, marketing, logistics, hiring, and employee training for the club’s sailing programs.

Ms. O’Donnell graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina (USC), where she was the captain of the University’s Sailing Team. At USC, Ms. O’Donnell was named to the Dean’s List and President’s List and achieved recognition as a member of the University’s Hall of Leaders and the ICSA All-Academic Sailing Team.



Peter W. Beebe, President, has served in leadership roles for institutional investment firms and platforms, including Affiliated Managers Group (AMG) and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). Pete has over two decades of experience in the investment management industry, primarily working with boutique investment management firms. He has developed and executed strategic plans that have entailed all aspects of the business lifecycle including launching, scaling, and restructuring various enterprises. Pete serves as a member of the HCM Investment Committee. Mr. Beebe earned an MBA from Stetson University and a B.S. in Finance with a minor in Spanish.


Operations and Compliance Team

C. Frank Watson III, Chief Compliance Officer, has served as the Chief Compliance Officer for Hillman Capital Management, Inc. since 2005. He previously held officer positions for multiple investment companies and currently serves as Treasurer and Principal Financial Officer for the Hillman Capital Management Investment Trust. Apart from Hillman Capital Management, Mr. Watson founded Fairview Investment Services in 2005 which provides compliance support services to over 75 registered investment advisers with assets under management totaling 100 billion. Mr. Watson oversees Fairview’s multiple lines of business, which, in addition to compliance administration, include private fund administration and regulatory reporting for investment companies. Mr. Watson earned a B.S. in Economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


Jeffrey T. Long, Director of Systems and Operations, began consulting HCM in 2002 and joined the team in 2005. Jeff has more than a decade of hands on experience managing trading and operations at HCM and more than three decades of experience as a software development consultant. In addition to extensive expertise in software development for financial management organizations, he has worked on many different hardware platforms for various clients such as FedEx, Jaguar Land Rover, AT Kearney, Cadbury Schweppes, Microsoft, Lucent, Mobil and Lever Brothers. Mr. Long holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Management Information Systems from James Madison University.


Business Development and Client Service

Lindsey G. Vaughan, Certified Financial Analyst (CFA), Managing Director of Business Development, has over twenty-five years of industry experience across both alternative and traditional investment strategies offered through separate accounts, mutual funds and hedge funds. He has a strong investment acumen that ranges from alternatives to equities and fixed income. Lindsey is a member of the Boston Society of Security Analysts and maintains his NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses. Mr. Vaughan earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Williams College.