Close What degree did you earn at University of Notre Dame? SkipDoes not apply Brian Kelly Edit Photo Brian Kelly Edit Private Equity Summer Analyst at Blackford Capital Grand Rapids, Michigan Venture Capital & Private Equity Current Blackford Capital , University of Notre Dame Previous Congressman Jim Himes , House Financial Services Committee Education Bachelor, Economics, Communication at Boston College 474 connections Improve your profile View More options www.linkedin.com/pub/brian-kelly/29/815/4ba Edit Edit Contact Info NEW Add sections Add sections to reflect achievements and experiences on your profile. Summary Edit I am a financial analyst intern at Blackford Capital. Blackford is private investment firm that acquires, manages, and grows middle-market manufacturing, distribution, and service companies. I am responsible for evaluating potential portfolio company or add-on acquisitions, strategic planning to improve existing platform companies, sourcing new deals, and preparing presenations for prospective investors and Board of Directors meetings. Additionally, I am a student in the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business. Previously, I worked on Capitol Hill from 2007-2011 for the Financial Services Committee and Congressman Jim Himes from Fairfield County, Connecticut in the House of Representatives. It was an exciting opportunity to work on financial services issues during this period. I worked and help write important pieces of legislation including TARP and Dodd-Frank. While not perfect pieces of legislation, I enjoyed the fast-paced and intense environment where I was constantly learning. I was required to give concise debriefs on complicated issues and craft persuasive arguments to push legislative goals. I thrived under tight time constraints and immense pressure. With my experience at Blackford Capital and my work with the financial community on Capitol Hill, I believe that I am positioned well to excel at a private equity firm when I graduate from Notre Dame with my MBA in May 2013.