General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> June 28, 2010

Small Cap Value Opportunities – Kevin R. O’brien – Prospector Partners, Llc

Kevin R. O'Brien has been a portfolio manager at Prospector Partners Asset Management, LLC since 2007. Mr. O'Brien has been a portfolio manager or securities analyst for more than fifteen years. In April 2003, Mr. O'Brien became a portfolio manager of Prospector Partners, LLC. In addition, from April 2003 through August 2005, Mr. O'Brien served as a Managing Director of White Mountains Advisors, LLC. From April 1996 through April 2003, Mr. O'Brien was an employee of Neuberger Berman, where he began as an investment analyst (1996-1999), served as Vice President (1999-2001), and Managing Director (2001-2003). At the end of Mr. O'Brien's tenure at Neuberger Berman, Mr. O'Brien's responsibilities included the co-management of equity assets of institutional investors and mutual funds. At Neuberger Berman, Mr. O'Brien served as co-manager of the Neuberger Berman Genesis Fund. Mr. O'Brien was responsible for following stocks in the financial services, consumer, and technology sectors. From 1991 through 1996, Mr. O'Brien was an employee of Alex, Brown & Sons, where he was an analyst following the financial services industry. His coverage universe included property-casualty insurance, specialty finance, asset management, and diversified financial services. Mr. O'Brien received a B.S. magna cum laude from Central Connecticut State University in 1986. Additionally, Mr. O'Brien received a Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1995. Profile
TWST: Would you start with a brief overview of Prospector Partners and then tell us about your Opportunity Fund?

Mr. O'Brien: Prospector Partners has 20 employees; there areincluding three senior