Patrick O’Connor graduated from The University of New Mexico and then pursued an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. O'Connor served as an investment manager and research analyst for M&I Portfolio Services in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he helped oversee approximately $13 billion in assets. Later, he served as the Chief Investment Officer for The University of Arizona, where he was responsible for managing the endowment and operating capital.
While at The University of Arizona, O'Connor received both the "Mid-Size Non- Profit of the Year” award and “Rising Stars of Foundations & Endowments” award in 2009. After leaving the University of Arizona, O'Connor was the SVP and CIO of Cook Children’s Health Care System in Fort Worth, Texas. He oversaw over $2.5 billion in assets and was responsible for the management of the hospital system’s assets including the endowment and operating capital.
While at Cook Children's, O'Connor received the “Institutional Investor’s Endowment/Foundation of the Year” award in 2011. He also received “Institutional Investor’s Innovator of the Year “ award in 2014 and “Institutional Investor’s Health Care System of the Year” award in 2016.
Summit Peak's model was really one of the only ways to repeatedly access a power-law outcome as getting exposure to more founders, not less, is really the best way to index venture capital’s long returns.
Summit Peak has been a great partner for us as our venture capital portfolio is a critical part of our endowment. Apurva and Patrick are well-networked and have identified emerging venture capital firms before others.