Team

Our Team

Horizon has assembled an experienced team dedicated to serving the outstanding bootstrapped founders of the technology industry.

Sandy Kory

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Sandy is a Managing Director at Horizon Partners and co-founded the business in 2010 with no outside funding. He has architected Horizon’s highly focused strategy of partnering with exceptional, product-led bootstrapped technology companies such as Distrokid, Mathway, and XE.com.

Prior to Horizon, he was Vice President, Director of New Media & Technology at Media Venture Partners, a boutique M&A advisory firm in San Francisco. Sandy started MVP’s New Media & Technology practice and closed the first M&A transaction for a smartphone gaming company in early 2010.

Sandy has been advising bootstrapped technology companies for over 15 years and co-leads every client engagement. HIs approach is informed by actively investing in technology startups such as unicorns Palantir, Canva, and Zoox. Sandy received his B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University.

Mike Firmage

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Mike is a Managing Director at Horizon Partners, co-founding the firm from Hillhouse Capital Advisors, a boutique financial services firm that he also founded. At Horizon, Mike has pioneered a bespoke, artisanal M&A advisory model, crafting highly-customized transactions like the dual-buyout structures conceptualized and executed for Horizon clients like Distrokid and Spatial Networks.

Mike has been advising bootstrapped technology companies for over 15 years and co-leads every client engagement. He has earned numerous industry honors for innovation in transaction strategy, process, and structuring, including a number of ‘Deal of the Year’ awards as well as distinction as an Emerging Leader (M&A Advisor) and Rising Star (M&A Atlas Awards). In 2020, Mike was named Boutique Investment Banker of the Year by the M&A Atlas Awards and in 2021, he was named Investment Banker of the Year by The M&A Advisor.

Mike holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, graduating with Distinction in Finance & the Law. He holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Utah where he graduated with highest honors.

Allen Carey

PRINCIPAL

Allen is a Principal at Horizon Partners. Prior to Horizon he worked in the utilities sector at Morgan Stanley where he assisted on transactions totaling more than $2.0 billion. His transaction experience includes refinancings, capital raises, and sell-side acquisition advisory.

Allen holds a BSBA in Finance and Accounting from Georgetown University, graduating with honors. At Georgetown, he was a member of Lightweight Crew.

Michael Willden

ASSOCIATE

Michael is a Senior Analyst at Horizon Partners. Prior to joining Horizon, he was a valuation associate at Scalar Analytics, where he performed in-depth financial analysis for public and private companies, venture capital and private equity firms, and high-impact financial litigation cases. Michael holds a B.S. in Accounting from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University.

Savannah Hart

SENIOR ANALYST

Savannah is an Analyst at Horizon Partners. Prior to Horizon, she was a financial analyst at a venture-backed SaaS company and has also worked as an equity capital markets analyst at Stifel. She holds a B.S.M. in Finance from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

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