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, MBA '00

Tim Kelly, MBA '00

Focus: Private equity, entrepreneurship, career strategy and transformation, capital formation, complex financing structures, organizational dynamics/team building/leadership, decision theory, and crisis management
Program involvement: Private Equity Case Challenge (PECC) and student workshops

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 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.

At the age of 54, Tim achieved a life-long goal when he received his PhD 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, magna cum laude, from Dominican University; a law degree, summa cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School; and an MBA in economics and international business from 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

Focus: Private equity, venture capital, entrepreneurship, and finance
Program involvement: Private Equity and Venture Capital Lab (PE/VC Lab), Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC), Private Equity Case Challenge (PECC), private equity workshops, student seminars, and student lunch and learns

Chris McGowan is the general partner of CJM Ventures (CJMV), a Chicago growth equity and private equity investment firm. McGowan’s private equity career began 26 years ago with AEA Investors in New York City, after earning an undergraduate degree in theoretical mathematics from Columbia University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and following two years of mergers and acquisitions training at Morgan Stanley. After completing an MBA at Harvard Business School, he joined Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP), where he co-headed their basic industries practice for the last five years of his 12-year career there. At MDP, he oversaw more than $2 billion of equity investments focused on buyouts and growth equity globally in the industrial, consumer, and energy and power sectors. In 2011, with the help of MDP leadership and mentors, McGowan formed CJMV, an investment firm focused on buyouts and growth equity investments in companies located near Chicago and London. McGowan is an active angel investor and currently serves as chairman of the limited partner advisory committee for Hyde Park Venture Partners Fund I (and a member of Fund II and Fund III’s boards), on the board of directors and portfolio advisory board of Hyde Park Angels, and as chairman of the advisory board for Valley Growth Ventures.

Dipa Mehta, MBA '12

Dipa Mehta, MBA '12

Vice President Corporate Ventures and Innovation, Advocate Aurora Health

Focus: Venture capital, fundraising, and entrepreneurship
Program involvement: Student seminars and student lunch and learns

Dipa Mehta leads the Corporate Venture Fund at Advocate Aurora Health, a large health system in the Midwest. She focuses her time on fund and direct investments into healthcare companies that are strategically relevant to the provider system. Mehta was formerly a managing director at Sandbox Industries, a Chicago-based venture capital firm which is the investment manager to the Blue Venture Fund, a collaborative investment platform with the BCBS plans. Prior to Sandbox, she was at Amgen Ventures, the Corporate Venture Fund of Amgen. At Amgen, Mehta worked closely with the global commercial and marketing organizations to identify companies in the digital health space for their products. She started her career in the Global Healthcare Group at UBS and the Healthcare Fund at Paul Capital Partners, which invested in late-stage pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. She earned a bachelor’s of science degree from the New York University Stern School of Business, an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she received the Chicago Booth Leadership Award of Distinction, and is also a Kauffman Fellow.

Kenneth O'Keefe, MBA '93

Kenneth O'Keefe, MBA '93

Focus: Private equity and healthcare entrepreneurship

Ken O’Keefe cofounded Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company in 1996. BPOC is a middle-market private equity firm with $1.8 billion under management. The firm invests in the healthcare industry and is currently investing its fifth fund.

O’Keefe has served on a number of private and public company boards and currently serves on the boards of Jazz Pharmaceuticals, himagine solutions, and Cedar Recovery Centers. O’Keefe is a trustee of Marillac/St. Vincent Family Services, The Field Museum of Natural History, and Camillus Health Concern, a member of the steering committee of the Chicago Community Trust LGBT Fund, and a member of the advisory board of the Polsky Center.

Ken received a BA degree in economics from Northwestern University and an MBA in finance from Chicago Booth.

Kim Vender Moffat

Kim Vender Moffat

Focus: Private equity, growth equity and founder-led businesses
Program involvement: Sterling Partners Investment Thesis Challenge (SPITC) and student workshops

Kim Vender Moffat is a private equity investor, board member, and advisor to early-stage, small, and middle-market growth companies. She recently founded Rosa Partners through which she advises and partners with founders and management of private companies, investment firms, and family offices. She is a board and investment committee member at Impact Engine and a cofounder of the First Women’s Bank of Chicago.

Prior to Rosa, Kim was a managing director at Sterling Partners where she focused on healthcare, consumer and education services companies. During her time at Sterling, she also built and led the firm’s investor relations, business development, and firm strategy functions. Kim also worked as a consultant at McKinsey and Company.

Kim earned an AB from Harvard University and a JD MBA from Pritzker School of Law and Kellogg School of Management.

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