Jeffrey B. Hecktman

Jeffrey B. Hecktman

Chairman and CEO
Hilco Global

Mr. 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 strategic solutions and advice to maximize value of their business assets.  Mr. Hecktman is credited for having built the company from a small start-up to a sophisticated global financial services firm with over 600 employees and 11 offices worldwide.  Over the course of his career, Mr. Hecktman has structured and directed thousands of transactions valued in the billions of dollars. Jeffrey remains an active member of the National Retail Federation, the Commercial Finance Association, the Turnaround Management Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Mr. Hecktman is deeply committed to philanthropy and ardently supports humanitarian and faith-based causes. He’s been a benefactor for a major music therapy program and a stem cell research program at the University of Chicago Medical Center and at the United States Holocaust Museum. He is also a passionate supporter of educational opportunities for underserved communities in the United States and around the world. To this end, he has donated his time and financial support to several important educational programs for the children of Illinois and around the world, including the Youth Guidance mentoring programs that work with over 6000 inner city high school age boys and girls; The All Stars Arts and Education Program in Chicago; major disaster relief efforts in Haiti that provide recovery tools and books for children; and the Yemin Orde Youth Village 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.