Shawn Hessing joined Tailwind Advisors as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer in February 2018. Shawn is responsible for all aspects of financial control and the compliance operations of the firm.
Prior to joining Tailwind, Shawn served as a member of the business development team at Blue River Partners, LLC, a premier service provider to the alternative asset industry. Prior to Blue River, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Oak Hill Capital Partners before retiring in December 2015. At Oak Hill, Shawn was responsible for implementing and transitioning new funds and management company accounting systems. In addition, Shawn led development of Oak Hill’s projection models, as well as transitioning the back office to more efficient reporting models. He also worked with various portfolio companies on vendor relationships, modeling, and implementation issues.
Prior to joining Oak Hill, Shawn spent over 32 years at KPMG, most recently as the National Managing Partner of Private Equity, splitting time in KPMG’s New York and Fort Worth offices. He retired from KPMG in June 2011. Prior to his National Managing Partner role at KPMG, he held multiple roles including the Audit Partner-in-Charge US of Private Equity, Managing Partner in the firm’s Fort Worth, TX office, and Lead Partner-Real Estate in the Southwest Region. Shawn’s duties at KPMG included advising clients on complex accounting and business issues as well as developing and enhancing key firm relationships. At KPMG, he spoke at numerous conferences and events on business valuation, merger, and private equity topics as a nationally recognized expert.
Shawn earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Midwestern State University, where he currently serves on the Board of Regents and is past Chairman. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.