Jeffrey B. Hecktman

Jeffrey B. Hecktman

Chief Executive Officer, Founder - Hilco Global

Jeffrey Hecktman founded Hilco in 1987 to conduct business asset liquidations. Today, under his leadership, Hilco Global is considered a world class company – having earned this reputation after decades of providing both healthy and distressed companies with valuation, monetization, strategic advisory and capital solutions to maximize the value of their business assets. He is credited for having built the company from a small start-up to a sophisticated global financial services firm with 800 employees across 11 offices worldwide. Over the course of his career, Jeffrey has structured and directed thousands of transactions deploying billions of dollars in capital for M & A, turnaround and restructuring deals. He remains a member of the Secured Finance Network, the Turnaround Management Association, the Association of Corporate Development, American Bankruptcy Institute, and many other leading industry associations.

Jeffrey is deeply committed to philanthropy and ardently supports many causes, often focusing on healthcare, education, and families/children in need. Through the Hecktman Family Foundation (HFF), Jeffrey is the major benefactor underwriting the launch of the first of several 100% free day camps for children with cancer and their siblings. The Sunrise Day Camp opens in Chicago this summer and will provide children with a wonderful camp experience, while enabling them to continue their medical treatment and enjoy the comfort and safety of their own homes at night. Additionally, The Hecktman Family Foundation (HFF) has provided a substantial grant to Northwestern Hospital to conduct research in neurosurgery and neurology for Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Additionally, they have endowed the University of Chicago Hospital with a grant which launched a new music therapy program and a stem cell research program that has been successfully expanded over the past several years. Jeffrey is also an ardent supporter of the United States Holocaust Museum. 

Jeffery’s philanthropic values and actions have been instilled within the corporate culture across the entire Hilco Global organization, ensuring that the company stands for more than just the financial services and capital solutions it delivers to its client base, but also, gives back to the community and reflects a culture of diversity, tolerance, and inclusion. Hilco’s employees are passionate supporters of educational opportunities for underserved communities in the United States and around the world. Under the Hilco Helps branding, the company has donated thousands of hours of time and millions of dollars of financial support and in-kind donations to several important educational programs for children around the world, including the Public Schools in Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia; The Chicago Public Library; Youth Guidance mentoring programs that work with over 10,000 inner city high school age boys and girls across the US; The All Stars Project – An Arts and Education After School Program in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Dallas; Major disaster relief efforts in Haiti and Puerto Rico following floods and hurricanes, and Impact Israel (formerly Yemin Orde) based in Israel, which provides support to at-risk and immigrant youth from around the world.

Jeffrey received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Arizona in 1975. He also completed a course of study in international business through George Washington University, attending the Nyenrode Business Universiteit, in the Netherlands.