Karin D. O’Connor
Karin D. O’Connor is founder of Perimeter Advisors, an advisory firm that assists owners of promising mid-market companies with planning and execution of value enhancement strategies. She brings over twenty years of experience in growth company strategy and private equity/venture capital investing, and has been recognized for her high energy level, tenacious follow-through, and ability to quickly establish rapport with entrepreneurs.
Since beginning her career at Continental Bank in the 1980’s, Ms. O’Connor has invested in and advised entrepreneurs in a variety of industries that includes financial services, business services, technology distribution, health care, and manufacturing. She has invested at all levels of the capital structure—from senior debt to mezzanine, venture leasing, and equity—and in companies ranging from early stage to mature.
A regular speaker on issues related to growth-company financing, Ms. O’Connor has taken leadership roles in many professional organizations. Current or past Board service includes the Kellogg Alumni Council, ACG Chicago (Association for Corporate Growth), the Venture Club of Indiana, the Chicago Finance Exchange, the Business Women’s Network, and the Financial Women’s Association of Hong Kong. She also writes the popular quarterly newsletter, Online Insight.
Ms. O’Connor received her BA in Finance from the University of Illinois, where she graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She also studied European history and civilization at Salzburg College, Salzburg, Austria. She earned her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where she was an F.C. Austin Scholar and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. She received a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter in 2007.
A native of Carbondale, Illinois, Ms. O’Connor is married with a young daughter and makes her home on Chicago’s near north side. She is an enthusiastic amateur chef and has studied cooking in New Orleans, Austria, India, and Hong Kong.