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PE Advising with Polsky IIR Tim Kelly, MBA ’00

Polsky Investor-in-Residence Tim Kelly, MBA ’00, will be taking one-on-one, remote advising sessions with students interested in private equity, entrepreneurship, career strategy and transformation, capital formation, and complex financing structures. Meetings are 30 minutes.

Tim has been involved in private equity for nearly three decades in senior leadership and investment management roles with Allstate Insurance Company, Heller Financial, GE Capital, and Adams Street Partners. Tim began his career with Goldman Sachs & Co. in Chicago where he traded over-the-counter (OTC) securities and managed the office’s OTC market expansion efforts. He went on to manage billions of dollars in private equity related investment programs and to complete hundreds of successful international partnership and direct equity and fixed income investments. He is proud of an extensive global network of general and limited partner relationships he developed throughout his career as a result of his personable interaction style, objectivity and candor, and desire to help others succeed. His vast industry knowledge and experiences transcend finance, investments, law, international business, and complex capital formation structures.

Recently, at the age of 54, Tim achieved a life-long goal when he received his Ph.D. in psychology with a specialization in organizational psychology from Northcentral University with a dissertation topic focused on how private companies become entrepreneurially oriented. He has an insatiable appetite for continuously learning as evidenced by, in addition to his psychology doctorate, an undergraduate degree in economics from Dominican University, magna cum laude (1982); a law degree from The John Marshall Law School, summa cum laude (1987); and, an MBA in economics and international business from the Chicago Booth. Tim has been an adjunct professor of undergraduate and graduate courses in finance, economics, and ethics; and, is a writer and speaker on finance, leadership development, decision theory, organizational culture, and legal topics. Tim retired from active private equity investment activities in 2013. He now consults in the areas of leadership development and private equity firm operational and organizational optimization, in addition to managing his family office’s investments and philanthropic endeavors.

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