Jeff Bartel

Chairman and Managing Director

Phone: (305) 568-9000

Jeff Bartel is chairman and managing director of Hamptons Group, LLC, a premier privately held alternative investment and strategic advisory firm headquartered in Coral Gables, Florida—with investments, projects, and clients across multiple sectors and industries in the United States and worldwide. Hamptons Group’s business segments focus on private equity, venture and growth capital, credit, and impact investing in various sectors for small and lower middle-market companies; real estate investment, finance, asset management, and ancillary brokerage across commercial property types; and strategic advisory services in corporate strategy and growth, leadership and management performance, business development and market strategy, public affairs and issue management, land use and real estate development consultancy, government and regulatory strategy, and alternative energy, utilities, and infrastructure initiatives. Hamptons Group invests in people, places, projects, and positions that are consistent with social responsibility, sustainability and environmental stewardship, corporate best practices, good government and public integrity, and ethical investment principles. Since Mr. Bartel founded the firm in 2011, the Hamptons Group team has worked globally with over 500 corporate, government, and institutional entities, managed over 250 investments, transactions, and projects across numerous sectors and industries, and created more than $8 billion in value for partners, investors, and clients.

Mr. Bartel is also a visiting lecturer on leadership and social enterprise at Harvard University, where he teaches several courses to undergraduate and graduate students, co-developed the groundbreaking Program on Creativity and Entrepreneurship for Social Impact, and serves as a founding member of its advisory board. In addition, he has been an adjunct professor at the University of Miami Business School and the University of Florida College of Law, where he has taught courses on life and career strategy to MBA and law students, respectively. Prior to Hamptons Group, he served as a senior executive and corporate officer at Fortune 200® public companies in the energy and utility sectors and, before that, was a partner at two of Florida’s oldest and largest law firms heading their land use, zoning, and public law practices. Mr. Bartel began his career in appointive government service as the top aide to the mayor of Miami and then as chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., where he was the youngest chief of staff in the history of the United States Congress at the time. Mr. Bartel continues to serve as an informal advisor and trusted counselor to numerous federal, state, and local public officials.

A devoted philanthropist and active supporter of the arts, education, and children’s health causes at the local, state, and national levels, Mr. Bartel has chaired and served on the boards of some of Florida’s most impactful business, social service, educational, and cultural organizations and institutions. These include the Forbes Finance Council, the Strategic Forum of New York and South Florida, United Way, the Florida and Greater Miami chambers of commerce, the Orange Bowl Committee, the Super Bowl Host Committee, and Leadership Florida—where he brought U.S. presidential debates to Florida for the first time. Across industry, academia, law, government, and philanthropy, he has been honored by dozens of business alliances, community organizations, universities, and governmental bodies for his impactful leadership, charity, service, social responsibility, and ethics, including the South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine Apogee Award for Executive Excellence, the Harvard Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award, the University of Florida Law School Outstanding Alumnus Award, Miami-Dade Beacon Council Financial Services Company of the Year, Twelve Good Men in South Florida, Thurgood Marshall College Fund Distinguished Leader Award, March of Dimes Humanitarian of the Year, and the first-ever recipient of the Florida Ethics in Leadership Award. He is a highly sought-after thought leader and a frequent speaker and panelist before corporate, chamber, business trade, and university audiences and forums. Mr. Bartel has been profiled and featured as a subject expert, contributor, and opinion writer in dozens of media publications and articles, including The New York Times, Forbes, Miami Herald, The Business Journals, NASDAQ News, Daily Business Review, South Florida Business Journal, and Miami Today. His business and life strategy book The Business of Life is expecting publication in 2022.

Mr. Bartel is recognized as an inspiring, dynamic, and results-proven venture capitalist, trusted advisor, thought leader, and humanitarian, with documented success in building strong financial, human, and social capital value, transforming companies, organizations, and teams, and driving policy and execution to achieve exceptional returns and results, exceed stakeholder expectations, and build positive community outcomes. He holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in government with a secondary field in music from Harvard University. He was named a Harvard College Scholar for outstanding academic achievement, played football, and was a leader in numerous service, music, and political student organizations. Mr. Bartel holds a law degree magna cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he won numerous book awards, was the recipient of the Darrey A. Davis Scholarship for academic excellence, public service, and commitment to ethics, and was inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame as well as the Florida Blue Key honor society. He also is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s program for senior executives and the Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation.

Jeffrey Bartel speaking at Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
Jeffrey Bartel volunteering with group of people
Jeff Bartel speaking to group of students
  • AB, Harvard College
  • JD, University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • Harvard Business School
  • Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation
  • Present
    • Lecturer at Harvard College in creativity, entrepreneurship, and social impact
    • Adjunct Professor at University of Florida College of Law and the University of Miami Herbert Business School in leadership and strategy
    • Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden lifetime member
    • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce board of governors
    • Harvard Alumni Association board of directors
    • Harvard Club of Miami director and past president
    • Leadership Florida lifetime member and past chairman
    • Orange Bowl Committee senior member
    • Strategic Forum member
    • Venture Miami leader

  • Past
    • Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts board of trustees
    • Baptist Health Foundation board of directors
    • Camillus House board of directors
    • Children’s Home Society of Florida board of directors
    • City Year Miami board of directors
    • Florida Grand Opera board of directors
    • Good Government Initiative board of directors
    • Gulliver Preparatory School chairman, president, and trustee
    • Miami Children’s Museum board of directors
    • Miami-Dade Beacon Council (Greater Miami’s official economic
      development agency) board of directors and executive committee
    • LeRoy Collins Institute board of directors
    • United Way board of directors and executive committee
    • Urban League board of directors

  • Apogee Award for Executive Excellence presented by South Florida Business & Wealth (SFBW) magazine
  • The Business Journals Leadership Trust member
  • Florida Blue Key
  • Forbes Finance Council member
  • Harvard University Outstanding Alumni Leadership Award
  • Keys to the City of Miami for extraordinary contributions and civic leadership
  • Leadership Florida Chairman’s Award
  • Leadership Florida Distinguished Member Award
  • March of Dimes Humanitarian of the Year Award
  • Miami-Dade Beacon Council Business Leader of the Year
  • Miami Today Gold Medal Award
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Twelve Good Men in South Florida
  • South Florida CEO and Business Leader Power Player
  • Sunshine State Ethics in Leadership Award
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund Distinguished Leader Award
  • United States House of Representatives Award for Leadership and Service
  • United Way Starfish Award for volunteer leadership
  • University of Florida College of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • University of Florida Hall of Fame
  • Authority magazine
  • The Business Journals
  • CoStar News
  • Daily Business Review
  • Forbes magazine
  • Invest magazine
  • The Miami Herald
  • Miami Today
  • MSN
  • The New York Times
  • The Real Deal
  • S&P Global
  • South Florida Business & Wealth magazine
  • South Florida Business Journal
  • Thrive Global
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Yahoo News