Mr. O'Brien originally joined Wynnchurch in 2000 as an Associate shortly after the firm’s founding. He rejoined Wynnchurch in 2005 as a Vice President after earning his MBA from the University of Chicago and was later promoted to Managing Director and then Partner. Mr. O’Brien began his career as a consultant at Deloitte and IPC Group (CRA).
Mr. O’Brien has over 20 years of private equity investing and corporate advisory experience. He plays a significant role in the ongoing management of Wynnchurch and in all facets of the firm’s investment activities. His transaction experience includes a substantial number of Wynnchurch’s investments during his close to sixteen years with the firm, including: SafeWorks, Webex, NSC Minerals, US Pipe, Pro-Fab, Humanetics, US Manufacturing, Wolverine Advanced Materials and Latham International. In 2013, Mr. O’Brien was part of the Wynnchurch team recognized by the TMA for their work on U.S. Pipe as a recipient of the Large Turnaround of the Year.
Focuses on manufacturing and general industrial businesses.
Previous and current directorships include: SafeWorks, Webex, NSC Minerals, US Pipe, Pro-Fab, Humanetics, US Manufacturing, Wolverine Advanced Materials and Latham International. Mr. O’Brien also served as a board member of Horizons for Youth, a Chicago based volunteer organization whose mission is to enable students from low-resource neighborhoods to become the first in their families to graduate from college.
B.B.A., Finance, with honors, University of Notre Dame; M.B.A., with honors, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).