John O’Brien

John O’Brien

Managing Director

John O’Brien joined Pelican in 2013. John has nearly 20 years of corporate finance experience, including investment banking, merchant banking and corporate development, and has primarily served the energy industry in these previous capacities.

Prior to joining Pelican, John spent ten years in investment banking working with both the GulfStar Group and Morgan Keegan. In these roles, John focused on providing merger, acquisition, private placement and other general advisory services to middle market clients, most of which served the energy industry. Over this time, John completed over 60 transactions with an aggregate transaction value over $5.0 billion. Prior to his career in investment banking, John was a Business Development Analyst with J.B. Poindexter & Co., focusing on supporting all corporate development activities including acquisitions, divestitures, capital structuring and financial management.

John serves on the Board of Directors of Global Heat Transfer and Q2 Artificial Lift.  Additionally, John works with Rapid Rod Service and Elite Production Services. John also helped facilitate the sale of Downhole Technology to Schoeller Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment in April 2016, the sale of Multilift Welltec to Forum and was instrumental in the sale of Flowco Production Solutions in November of 2017 to Global Energy Capital.

John earned an MBA from Texas A&M University, and a BBA in Finance from Northeastern University. He serves on the board of the Houston Chapter of the Young Professionals in Energy.

John is a devoted husband and father and enjoys coaching his three boys in baseball and football.  He is an avid Boston sports fan.