S. Andrew McKay
Sr. Managing Director & Head of Business Owner Solutions
S. Andrew McKay
Sr. Managing Director & Head of Business Owner Solutions
Mr. McKay has over 35 years-experience in executing middle-market M&A, investment, financial, valuation and other business transactions. Mr. McKay is a member of the Kentucky and Georgia bars, and the Kentucky Society of CPAs. He is Accredited in Business Valuation by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He is a Board Member of several closely held and family businesses. Mr. McKay has a BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a JD (with honors) from the University of Georgia School of Law.
John T. Sweeney
Managing Director
John T. Sweeney
Managing Director
Mr. Sweeney joined Hilliard Lyons in 1997, and again on 2010. Prior to joining Hilliard Lyons in 1997, Mr. Sweeney spent two years as a partner with Southern Capital Corporation, a Richmond-based private equity firm. Previously, he worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Morgan Stanley Investment Banking and with the FIG-Insurance Group at CS First Boston. Mr. Sweeney received his MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and his BA from Amherst College.
John A. Mascarich
Managing Director
John A. Mascarich
Managing Director
Mr. Mascarich joined Hilliard Lyons in December 2002. As a senior banker, Mr. Mascarich focuses his efforts on the sourcing and execution of middle market merger and acquisition and institutional private equity capital raising transactions. Prior to joining Hilliard Lyons, Mr. Mascarich served as a small business advisor with Greater Louisville Inc. At GLI, he worked closely with business owners, accountants, bankers and other professionals performing financial analysis, assisting in capital structure determinations and creating pro forma projections for start-up and existing ventures.

Mr. Mascarich began his career at Lexmark International, Inc. in technology development and engineering in their business printer division. Mr. Mascarich earned his M.B.A. from the University of Louisville with distinction and his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Centre College.
Leo T. Whitt
Managing Director
Leo T. Whitt
Managing Director
Mr. Whitt joined Hilliard Lyons in 2012 and is based in the Cincinnati Investment Banking office. Before joining the firm, Mr. Whitt served in senior management positions for a number of private equity backed portfolio companies in both the healthcare and technology industries.

He was also a principal for Alix Partners, a leading restructuring firm, where he served in significant restructuring and turnaround roles for WorldCom, DVI, ANC Rental, Chi-Chi’s Mexican Restaurants, and Fleming Companies. Mr. Whitt’s healthcare experience also includes serving as Director of Financial Operations for Vencor for its various business units. He is a CPA and has a BS in Economics from the University of Louisville and an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen School.
Chris Johnson
Associate
Chris Johnson
Associate
Mr. Johnson joined Hilliard Lyons Investment Banking in 2010. He graduated from the University of Louisville, earning a B.S., cum laude, in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He provides assistance to both buy-side and sell-side M&A engagements. In addition, he provides research and analytical support for valuation and capital markets assignments.
Jackson Barefoot
Associate
Jackson Barefoot
Associate
Mr. Barefoot joined Hilliard Lyons’ Business Owner Solutions division in 2014 and provides research, financial modeling, presentation materials preparation, and analytical support for M&A transactions and business valuation assignments. His experience includes assurance services with a focus on financial institutions at Crowe Horwath, a top 10 national public accounting firm, and buy-side acquisitions analysis and due diligence with ResCare, a national managed healthcare company. Mr. Barefoot received his B.S. in Business, graduating with a double major in Finance and Accounting from Indiana University. Mr. Barefoot is a licensed CPA in Kentucky.
Jason Spitz
Business Development Associate
Jason Spitz
Business Development Associate
Jason joined Hilliard Lyons Business Owner Solutions in 2017 as the group’s full-time MBA intern. During his internship, Jason primarily worked on business valuation assignments, but also provided assistance with research, financial modeling, and analytical support for M&A transactions. After earning an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Louisville, Jason transitioned into an associate role to focus on the unit’s business development efforts. Prior to joining the group, Jason spent eight years in the NFL as an offensive lineman.
Elizabeth Egan
Analyst
Elizabeth Egan
Analyst
Elizabeth joined Hilliard Lyons' Business Owner Solutions in 2018 after graduating cum laude from Vanderbilt University. She holds B.A. degrees in English and Psychology. Elizabeth supplies research, financial modeling, presentation materials, and analytical support for M&A transactions.