Business 100 – 2017

Patrick O’Keefe/O'Keefe

Patrick M. O’Keefe is founder and CEO of O’Keefe, a financial and strategic advisory firm. For over 30 years, Patrick has been active as a financial consultant and turnaround advisor to under-performing businesses in various industries and is currently a receiver appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission over a large portfolio of real estate assets in Flint, Michigan. Additionally, Patrick is CEO of Glycadia, a diabetes research company, and was recently named CEO of Grow Michigan. In January, he was elected the 100th president of the Detroit Athletic Club.

Patrick says his Irish ancestry has made him a better consultant for troubled corporate transactions as a calming influence who is not afraid to deal objectively with the perils of adversity. Born in Detroit, Patrick graduated cum laude from Michigan State and holds an M.B.A. from Wayne State. He is a fourth-generation Irish American with a paternal Cork connection and believes that the Irish people’s “strong commitment to family” has made him a better father to his children, Bryan, Caitlin, and Matthew. He and his wife Carol, live in Michigan.