Team

Kelli O'Connell

Managing Director, Head of Asset Management

Kelli heads the Asset Management team, where she sets strategic direction and oversees all aspects of the business group. She is actively involved in raising third party funds, developing and maintaining investor relationships and managing the ongoing activities and performance of the funds.

Kelli’s 26 year career in middle-market commercial finance includes extensive asset management experience. Before joining NXT Capital in 2010, she was Managing Director of 250 Capital (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Merrill Lynch & Co.) and collateral manager for Merrill Lynch CLO 2007-1, a middle-market CLO.  Prior to that, Kelli was a senior member at Merrill Lynch Capital with responsibility for new business origination, as well as transaction structuring, underwriting, closing and ongoing portfolio management of both middle-market and broadly-syndicated loans.  Before joining Merrill Lynch Capital in 2002, Kelli spent 10 years at GE Capital/Heller Financial, Inc. with roles in both Corporate Finance and Information Technology.  She began her career with various consulting roles at Arthur Andersen & Co., TSC, Inc. and Office of the Future, Inc.

Kelli earned a B.S. in Applied Computer Science from Illinois State University and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.