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Investors-in-Residence

Investors-in-Residence

Investors-in-Residence

The Investor-in-Residence program provides mentorship and coaching to University of Chicago Booth students interested in learning about and pursuing careers in private equity, venture capital, and entrepreneurship through acquisition. Successful Chicago-based investors are available to meet one-on-one with students throughout the academic year and host regular small group sessions and workshops.

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

Investor-in-Residence

Focus: Private equity, fundraising, team building/management, decision making, crisis management, and entrepreneurship
Program involvement: Student Lunch and Learns

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 (Economics and International Business) from the University of 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 and philanthropic endeavors.

Chris McGowan

Chris McGowan

Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Chicago Booth; and Investor-in-Residence, Svider Private Equity Program

Focus: Private Equity, Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship, Finance
Program involvement: Co-teaches Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab; Faculty Advisor, Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge; Faculty Advisor, Oxford Chicago Global Private Equity Challenge; Private Equity Workshops with Career Services; New Venture Challenge; Student seminars; Student Lunch and Learns

Chris has been a venture capital and private equity investor for 24 years and is the general partner of CJM Ventures, a private equity firm focused on buyouts, growth equity and venture capital investments in companies located near Chicago. In 2011, Chris retired as a managing director from Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), where he co-headed their basic industries practice for the last five years of his 12-year career there and oversaw equity investments totaling over $2.0 billion.     

Guy Turner, MBA '10

Guy Turner, MBA '10

Investor-in-Residence

Focus: Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital
Program involvement: New Venture Challenge, Venture Capital Investment Competition, SeedCon, Venture Capital Workshops with Career Services, Student Lunch and Learns

Guy Turner, MBA ’10, cofounded Hyde Park Venture Partners in 2011 from Boston Consulting Group, where he focused on corporate strategy across a variety of industries. He spent his early career as a mechanical engineer with Raytheon and General Electric.

Kim Vender Moffat

Kim Vender Moffat

Investor-in-Residence

Focus: Private Equity
Program involvement: Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge, Student seminars; Student Lunch and Learns

Kim Vender Moffat has spent the majority of the past two decades as a private equity investor, board member and advisor to early-stage, small and middle market- growth companies. Most recently, she was a partner at Sterling Partners, a small-middle market firm based in Chicago, where she focused on healthcare and education services companies. During part of her time at Sterling, she led the Firm’s Investor Relations, Business Development and Firm Strategy functions. Kim also worked at McKinsey & Co. as a management consultant after graduate school prior to returning to Sterling.

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