Mr. Colonnetta, a Dallas based investor, has 30 years of experience in the private equity industry as both an operator and investor, including substantial experience in identifying and acquiring a wide variety of businesses. From 1985 to 1996 he served in a variety of banking and finance roles. From 1997 to 2011, Mr. Colonnetta worked for Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst (renamed HM Capital Partners in 2006), a nationally prominent private equity firm in the United States that specialized in leveraged acquisitions. He served as a partner with Hicks Muse beginning in 2003. While at Hicks Muse/HM Capital, Mr. Colonnetta was active in sourcing, executing, overseeing and/or exiting numerous transactions, valued in excess of $2.5 billion. Since 2011, he has been the Founding and General Partner of HBC Investments, which specializes in private equity investments in the energy and financial services sectors.
In 2013 Mr. Colonnetta was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to serve as a Trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System of Texas (Texas Teachers’ Board), a $130 billion investment fund benefiting 1.3 million educators in the State of Texas. Mr. Colonnetta serves as the Chairman of the prominent Investment Committee of the Texas Teachers’ Board. In 2015, Governor Greg Abbott reappointed Mr. Colonnetta to the Texas Teachers’ Board, where he continues to serve as Chairman of the Investment Committee. Also in 2015, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed Mr. Colonnetta to his Policy Advisory Committee.
Mr. Colonnetta graduated from the University of Houston in 1985. He has 4 adult children and resides with his wife Kimberly in Dallas.