Star Hill Financial LLC Hires Industry Veteran Ali Bligh

Posted 10/19/2021
October 18, 2021 - (Fairfield, CT) Star Hill Financial LLC, a certified Women Business Enterprise based in Fairfield, Connecticut, announced Ali Bligh has joined the firm as SVP, Credit for the Franchise Division. In this role, Ali will support the underwriting of franchise transactions for the quick service restaurant industry, working closely with the firm’s sales and operations teams to help drive further growth and continue to provide outstanding customer service and move quickly through the financing process.

“We are very excited to have Ali join the franchise division” said Keith Smith, Star Hill’s President of Equipment and Franchise Finance. “She brings a tremendous amount of experience underwriting and structuring franchise transactions.”

Bligh joins Star Hill from Bridge Funding Group, a division of Bank United, where she spent the past seven years underwriting franchise transactions. Prior to Bridge, Ali worked in credit and workout functions for GE Capital, Citigroup, and Bank One. “After 19-long Covid months, I am excited to join the Star Hill team and get back to doing what I love: helping franchisees nurture and grow their businesses,” stated Bligh.  Ali holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and a BA in Finance and Spanish from Butler University. 

“Ali is a great cultural fit for Star Hill,” added Hollis Bufferd, Chief Executive Officer.  “She has deep experience working with several of our team members and has demonstrated a unique ability as an underwriter to build bridges between the sales team and the credit to support customer growth.”

About Star Hill Financial LLC

Star Hill Financial LLC is a certified Women Business Enterprise and independent full service financial services company focused on equipment and franchise finance. Star Hill develops customized financial products in conjunction with its business partners. Star Hill believes in a hands-on approach that delivers value by providing financial solutions tailored to our partner’s organizational objectives. Star Hill’s business is comprised of three divisions:  Equipment Finance, Franchise Finance and Advisory Services.

For more information on Star Hill Financial LLC, visit or call 203.883.6060.

Hollis Bufferd
Star Hill Financial LLC
Phone Number

Upcoming Events

December 15, 2021
Web Seminar

Web Seminar: ELFA State Advocacy New Year’s Resolutions

February 13 - 15, 2022
Tucson, AZ

ELFA Equipment Management Conference & Exhibition

March 03, 2022
Virtual Event

Innovation Roundtable