Prior to selling Innflux, a hospitality-focused IT service company, to strategic buyer Thing5 in January 2015, Brian served as co-CEO and Head of Business Development, where he oversaw sales / marketing, business development, M&A and investor relations functions. Brian became involved with Innflux after acquiring the business, through his search fund Fellowship Capital Partners (“FCP”) in 2011. Brian remains involved in the combined entity Thing5 as a member of the executive team.
Prior to founding FCP, Brian O’Connor was a vice president with Equity International, a middle market growth private equity fund. Brian was responsible for sourcing, evaluating, underwriting and closing new investment opportunities, as well as working closely with portfolio companies post-acquisition on operations and business strategy. Brian has extensive experience evaluating and investing in middle market businesses in a variety of industries and geographies. Previously, Brian worked in corporate finance, strategy, investment and operations capacities for two real estate investment trusts, Equity Residential and Equity Office Properties.
Brian serves as Board Member and Treasurer for Distinctively College Bound, a non-profit focused on creating opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities that cater to their individual talents and interests and promote continued education.
Brian holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in entrepreneurship, finance, accounting and international business. He is also a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) with a double major in finance and management information systems.