President, U.S. Private Fixed Income
Sam Tillinghast is Head of U.S. Private Fixed Income for SLC Management.
With 30 years of experience as a private credit investor, Sam leads a team of investment professionals focused on sourcing and developing private credit opportunities in the U.S. This includes broadening and deepening relationships with third-party clients, issuers, bankers, private equity sponsors and other participants in the private credit market.
Sam’s portfolio of work includes his most recent role as 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.