MICHAEL F. O’CONNELL
Michael F. O’Connell is the Senior Managing Director at M2O, Inc. He oversees the assessment of investment opportunities and reviews the ongoing performance of portfolio companies. For most of his career, Michael was President and Managing Director of Anhalt, O’Connell & Steffanci Inc., a Los Angeles-based investment management firm with almost $1 billion under management.In 1992, Michael purchased the National Lines Bureau, a ship mooring company operating at the Los Angeles and Long Beach harbors, the largest (combined) commercial port in America. This initial, successful investment prompted many more and Michael soon shifted his focus from investment management to venture capital. Today, he leads M2O with a portfolio of more than 40 companies. Michael also sits on the board of American Biosurgical Inc., Veri-Tax, and Yates & Associates Insurance. Michael holds a B.A., with high honors, from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Michael-Kevin (M-K) O’Connell joined M2O, Inc. as a Managing Director in 2009. He is responsible for sourcing and reviewing new investment opportunities as well as monitoring the performance of portfolio companies.
Prior to joining M2O, M-K was a Manager with L.E.K. Consulting. During his tenure there, M-K led project teams across a diverse range of industries and business issues. His projects included the strategic due diligence of a $1 billion building materials company, the development of a customer contact and support strategy for a legacy airline, the strategic realignment and long-term plan for a major Los Angeles attraction, and the strategic due diligence of a leading equipment supplier to solar cell manufacturers. Before L.E.K., M-K worked in commercial real estate as the Director of Research for CB Richard Ellis in New England. M-K also sits on the board at Origo Commodities Management and is an advisor to Veri-Tax and Yates & Associates Insurance.
M-K received his B.S, magna cum laude, from Boston College and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was the recipient of the Thomas P. Gerrity Leadership Award for achieving “excellence in both academic and co-curricular pursuits.”
Shaun Rader joined M2O, Inc. as a Managing Director in 2019. He sources and executes new investments and collaborates with portfolio company management teams.
Prior to joining M2O, Shaun was a Managing Director at Sagard Holdings, an alternative asset management division of Power Corporation of Canada. At Sagard, Shaun screened, researched, and managed investments totaling $250 million of invested capital across 12 companies, primarily in the business services and healthcare services sectors. In between stints at Sagard, Shaun served as a Partner in a related family office where he led an investment in a national network of veterinary practices and spent two years as CFO and board member of the company, now branded Lakefield Veterinary. Shaun started his career at Bain & Company where he advised private equity and corporate clients on investment decisions and growth strategy.
Shaun earned a B.A. with distinction from the University of Virginia and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Palmer Scholar.
Sarah Zepkowski serves as the Controller of M2O, Inc. She is responsible for overseeing the company’s accounting operations, internal and external reporting, as well as tax and regulatory compliance. Sarah also ensures the efficiency of the office, supporting the executive team in all administrative matters, and assists the company’s business development efforts.
Prior to joining M2O in 2012; Sarah supported the CEO of JNCIMC, a full service marketing and media company.
A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Sarah holds a B.A. in English Literature with honors. She is also a licensed notary public in the state of California.