Seth came to Princeton from Newark Academy in Livingston, N.J. At Princeton, he majored in economics and was a member of the fencing team, Big Brothers, and Tower Club.
Upon graduation, Seth moved to Boston and joined College Pro Painters, quickly rising to president. In 1989, he began investing in distressed real-estate debt and later became a partner in the real-estate investment and management firm ActionVest. In 1997, Seth founded the investment management firm Roark, Rearden & Hamot. A gifted investor and businessman, Seth was involved in many corporate turnarounds and sat on numerous boards of directors over the last 20 years. Most recently, he served as chairman and CEO of Spy and as board director at Piksel.
Seth is survived by his wife, Benna Kushlefsky; sons Gideon and Asa; and his father, Herman Hamot.
He was a loyal friend whose quiet generosity enriched many lives. When time allowed, he was passionate about reading, travel, and fast downhill skiing. Seth will be remembered for his wisdom, boundless energy, enthusiasm for action, intellectual curiosity, and joyful sense of humor.