Freeport Financial Partners LLC, a U.S. lower middle market direct lending manager, has added Stephanie Hartnett as assistant vice president, responsible for sourcing, structuring, and managing debt investments for the Freeport loan funds. Hartnett is based in Chicago.

Hartnett joined Freeport after five years at Wintrust Bank where she was a member of the middle market commercial lending group.

“In conjunction with the close of our latest investment vehicle, and the continued growth in our business, we are excited to continue to grow our investment team,” said Josh Howie, managing director at Freeport. “Stephanie’s experience in commercial banking is a great fit for our team and is highly complementary to the skills of our existing Freeport team members.”