Gary Hokkanen

Gary Hokkanen


Gary Hokkanen is a Partner at Brightstar and a Member of the Investment Committee. He currently serves as the Board Chair of America’s Auto Auction and as a Board Member of Novae, Texas Water Supply Company, QualTek and Oasis Technology & Engineering, all Brightstar portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Brightstar, Gary served on the boards of Formation Energy, Intermodal Holdings and MBI Energy Services. After serving in the United States Air Force Security Service, Gary founded the Cynergi Group, a provider of comprehensive advisory services to family offices and closely held businesses.

Gary also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Carlson Marketing Group, a division of the Carlson Companies, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Prior to his time at Carlson, Gary served as CEO & President of various companies in the telecom, satcom, data services and manufacturing sectors. These companies include: Wam!Net, The Miner Group, World Satellite Network, and Apollo Communications. Gary currently serves on the board of Accumold.

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