Sam Tillinghast

President, Private Fixed Income

Sam Tillinghast is President of Private Fixed Income for SLC Management.

Sam oversees all private fixed income activity in North America, leading a diversified team of over 50 investment professionals who manage one of the largest private fixed income portfolios in the continent. He is also lead portfolio manager for the U.S. private fixed income funds and separate account strategies.

Sam has over 30 years of experience as a private credit investor. He joined SLC Management in 2018 as President of U.S. Private Credit, leading his team to double its production of new investments while consistently achieving record performance levels. He assumed his current role in 2020.

Sam’s portfolio of work includes Co-Chief Executive Officer of THL Credit Advisors, an $11 billion alternative credit manager that he co-founded in 2007 as the credit affiliate of the private equity firm, Thomas H. Lee Partners. Sam was Head of the Private Placement Group for AIG, where he had responsibility for investment grade corporate privates, middle market leveraged lending, private securitizations and project finance. Sam joined AIG with the acquisition of SunAmerica Inc. in 1999, and was responsible for leading the integration of the private credit teams from AIG, SunAmerica and American General in 2001. Sam led the growth of the AIG private debt portfolio from $14 billion in 2001 to approximately $28 billion in 2006.

Sam previously served as a member of the board of directors for THL Credit Advisors, LLC, THL Credit, Inc. (a publicly held business development company), Copperweld Bimetallics LLC, Dimont & Associates, Inc., Loadmaster Derrick & Equipment, Inc., and OEM Group, Inc.

Sam earned his MBA in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin and his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of South Alabama.