Tim O'Donnell


Tim founded Golden Eagle in 2019 with the goal of acquiring and operating a single high-quality company whose owner is planning for retirement or a reduced day-to-day role within the business.

From early childhood, Tim was heavily involved with the operations of his family’s businesses, which included a land development company, a home building company, a health club, a restaurant and banquet facilities.  

Prior to founding Golden Eagle, Tim was a Vice President at SE Capital Partners where he focused on origination, execution and monitoring of lower-middle market business services companies.  While at SE Capital, Tim developed a PEO thesis, sourced the firm's first PEO-related acquisition, conducted the deal diligence and ultimately became a Member of the Board for the acquired company.  

Prior to joining SE Capital, Tim was an Associate at Sterling Partners. During his time at Sterling, Tim evaluated middle market business services acquisitions primarily in the environmental services industry.  While at Sterling, Tim worked closely with the management teams of his portfolio companies, leading add-on acquisition diligence processes and collaborating with management teams on day-to-day operations.  

Before joining Sterling, Tim spent three years as an Analyst at Lazard Middle Market focusing on Business Services, Education Services and SaaS mergers and acquisitions.  While on the sell-side, Tim helped develop client companies' strategic plans, operating models and growth initiatives.

Tim earned an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Finance from Marquette University.