Karin has been an active member of HPA’s Deal Screening Committee and Business/Financial Services and Consumer Ambassador Groups. To date, she has invested in nine deals with HPA and served as the group’s representative on the board of portfolio company FeeFighters, which was recently acquired by Groupon, Inc. She is also the founder of Perimeter Advisors, an advisory firm that assists owners of promising mid-market companies with planning and execution of value enhancement strategies.
Since beginning her career at Continental Bank in the 1980s, Ms. O’Connor has invested in and advised entrepreneurs across the financial services, business services, technology distribution, health care, and manufacturing industries. 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.
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 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 has served on the Kellogg Alumni Council since 1999 and enjoys guest lecturing and judging student business plan presentations for the school’s Entrepreneurship Program. She has also received a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter.