James O’Connor, Jr.

Managing Director & Global Head of Venture Capital at William Blair & Company LLC

James O’Connor, Jr.

James O’Connor, Jr.

Managing Director & Global Head of Venture Capital at William Blair & Company LLC

Overview
Career Highlights

1871
Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center
Motorola Ventures

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4603

Number of Boards

14

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Armstrong Flooring, Inc.

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Chairman at UI LABS

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Co-Founder at higi SH LLC

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Manager at Chicago Ventures GP II LLC

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Executive Director, Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation & Tech Entrepreneurship at Illinois Institute of Technology

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Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Former Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer at United Airlines Holdings, Inc.

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President & Chief Executive Officer at The PrivateBank

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Regional President, Illinois at PNC Wealth Management

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President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Future Founders Foundation

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Managing Director & Global Head of Venture Capital at William Blair & Company LLC
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Senior Manager of Corporate Development at Tribune Media Co.

Tribune is one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in publishing, digital and broadcasting. In publishing, Tribune’s leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. The company’s broadcasting group operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable and Chicago’s WGN-AM. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience

Parent

Armstrong Flooring, Inc. engages in the production of flooring products. It operates through the following segments: Resilient Flooring and Wood Flooring. The Resilient Flooring segment designs, manufactures, sources, and sells a range of floor coverings primarily for homes and commercial buildings under various brands, including the Armstrong brand. The Wood Flooring segment includes branded hardwood flooring products, including the Armstrong and Bruce brands, for use in residential construction and renovation, with some commercial applications in stores, restaurants, and offices. The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Lancaster, PA.

Parent
Member, Board of Trustees at Shedd Aquarium Society

Shedd Aquarium (formally the John G. Shedd Aquarium) is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois in the United States that opened on May 30, 1930. The aquarium contains over 25,000 fish, and was for some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000 US gallons (19,000,000 l; 4,200,000 imp gal) of water. Shedd Aquarium was the first inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. It is surrounded by Museum Campus Chicago, which it shares with the Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History. The aquarium has 2 million annual visitors; it was the most visited aquarium in the U.S. in 2005, and in 2007, it surpassed the Field Museum as the most popular cultural attraction in Chicago. It contains 1500 species including fish, marine mammals, birds, snakes, amphibians, and insects. The aquarium received awards for best exhibit from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for Seahorse Symphony in 1999, Amazon Rising in 2001, and Wild Reef in 2004.

Education
BA in Government

Georgetown University is a private research university in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the United States. Georgetown's main campus, located in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood, is noted for Healy Hall, a National Historic Landmark in the Romanesque revival style. Georgetown operates a law center on Capitol Hill and auxiliary campuses in Italy, Turkey, and Qatar.

MBA

The Kellogg School of Management (The Kellogg School or Kellogg) is the business school of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with additional campuses in downtown Chicago, Illinois and Miami, Florida. Kellogg offers full-time, part-time, and executive programs, and partners with schools in China, France/Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Canada, and Thailand.Founded in 1908 in downtown Chicago as a part-time evening program, the school was chartered to educate business leaders with "good moral character.

JD

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

Memberships
Fellow
2004 - 2006

The Henry Crown Fellowship Program, established in 1997, seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders, providing them with the tools necessary to meet the challenges of business and civic leadership in the 21st century. The program is a unique mix of seminars designed to broaden the perspectives of the participants and hone their skills in values-centered leadership. It honors the memory of Chicago industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990), whose legendary career was marked by a lifelong commitment to honor, integrity, industry and philanthropy.

Fellow
Prior

White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

Career History
Managing Director
Prior - 2015

TTGA invests in lower middle-market companies with revenues of $10 to $150 million and an EBITDA of $3 - $25 million. The firm targets companies in sectors such as consumer products, industrial manufacturing or services, food or food services, healthcare or medical Devices, financial services, security, education, entertainment, value-added distribution and specialty chemicals. The firm provides financing for MBOs, going private transactions, private company recapitalization, operational turnarounds, corporate partnerships, leveraged buildup, acquisitions and growth or expansion capital requirements with an investment size ranging from $3 to $25 million. The firm makes controlling and non-controlling investments in the form of equity, preferred stock, warrants, subordinated debt, term loans, and cash flow loans. The firm also makes co-investments.

Professional
Prior

Ariel utilizes a bottom-up, fundamental analysis to select quality company stocks. The firm has three investment strategy approaches offered: traditional value, deep value and global. They use different research processes for each strategies. For traditional value, they monitor a proprietary watch list which is comprised of current, former and potential new investments. The research process of deep value begins with the screening of companies on size, valuation and industry parameters. Lastly, for global strategies, they first seek to reduce the risk of large investment losses by quantitatively and qualitatively identifying and eliminating businesses that have the highest propensity to fail, based on their judgment. The firm's investment decisions will primarily be derived from bottom-up fundamental research and stock picking and are made by the portfolio manager.

Managing Director
Prior - 2015

MVC Capital provides long-term equity and debt investment capital to fund growth, acquisitions and recapitalizations of small and middle-market companies in a variety of industries primarily located in the US. Specific industries include, but are not limited to, consumer products, food/food service, value-added distribution, industrial manufacturing/services, financial services and specialty chemicals/security. Investments range from $3 million to $25 million and may take the form of common and preferred stock (control and non-control investments) and warrants or rights to acquire equity interests; senior and subordinated loans; or convertible securities. It serves as the lead investor for transactions, as well as a co-investor in companies along with other private equity sponsors. The firm looks for companies with revenues of $10 million to $150 million and EBITDA of $3 million to $25 million. Transaction types include MBOs, private company recapitalizations, control & non-control equity positions, growth/expansion capital, acquisition financing, going private transactions, operational turnarounds, corporate partnerships and leveraged buildups.

Boards & Committees
Director
2015 - Current

MATTER is a community of healthcare entrepreneurs and industry leaders working together in a shared space to individually and collectively fuel the future of healthcare innovation. MATTER's mission is to proactively connect and promote collaboration among entrepreneurs, scientists, physicians and industry partners to bring next-generation products and services to market that improve quality of care and save lives.

Director
Current

Keeper Security, Inc. develops password management and digital vault software. It protects protect businesses and consumers from cyber theft. The company was founded by Darren Guccione, Harper Reed, and Craig Lurey and is headquartered in Chiacgo, IL.

Chairman
Current - 2018

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) is a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs on their path to building high-growth, sustainable businesses that serve as platforms for economic development and civic leadership. Its flagship project, 1871, fulfills CEC’s vision of a central address for entrepreneurs in Chicago. CEC runs and operates the workspace, develops programming, organizes events and ensures that the culture of 1871 allows entrepreneurs the greatest opportunity for success.

Member, Board of Trustees
Current

The Field Museum of Natural History houses biological and anthropological collections of specimens. It supports both informal and more structured public learning through exhibits and educational programs. Its curatorial and scientific staff conducts research on the fields of Anthropology, Biology, Geology, and Zoology. The Field Museum was founded in 1893 and is located in Chicago, Illinois.

Member, Executive Committee
Current

The Chicago Community Trust provides charity services. It offers services to organizations such as social services agencies, schools, health centers, museums and theaters in the Chicago area. The firm provides charitable resources in the arts and culture, basic human needs, community development, education and health sectors. The company was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$1 - $249
2013

Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago, Inc. operates as a children's museum. It provides developmentally appropriate, experiential education for children from birth to age eight. The company was founded by Dolores Kohl in 1985 and is headquartered in Glenview, IL.

$250 - $499
2012

Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago, Inc. operates as a children's museum. It provides developmentally appropriate, experiential education for children from birth to age eight. The company was founded by Dolores Kohl in 1985 and is headquartered in Glenview, IL.

$150 - $499
2011

Communities In Schools of Chicago is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that connects Chicago public school students with social, emotional, health and enrichment programs that remove barriers to learning. Founded in 1988, Communities In Schools of Chicago partners with more than 160 Chicago Public Schools and 130 service providers[citation needed] to facilitate program and service connections that address students’ basic needs – all at no cost to students or schools. Many of these services are basic but essential, from health services to arts enrichment to violence prevention. Communities In Schools of Chicago is one of nearly two hundred local affiliates of the national Communities In Schools organization.

Political Donations
$1,000
2009

President at Central Street Games LLC

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