School of Business, Council for Teaching and Learning
Cate Lawyer '20

Peter O’Malley ’88 has traveled all over the world, but the New York City native found himself back at his alma mater last week. A 1988 graduate of Siena College, O’Malley received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctor from Saint John’s University School of Law in 1991. His 28 year career as an investment banker has taken him all over the globe. He has spent time living in Hong Kong, and Africa, and has traveled extensively in South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. 

Most recently, he co-founded Kenosis Capital LLC, a merchant advisory firm established in 2012. The company has headquarters in New York City, Australia, and Hong Kong, but the mission at every one of them is the same: “Find better ways to assist and serve our clients, to anticipate the future and enhance their strategic goals.” 

Kenosis Capital has a unique advertising strategy—none. The company does not advertise at all, focusing their efforts on familiar connections. 

“Our company’s relationship is built on trust,” said O’Malley

While reflecting on his time as a student at Siena, O’Malley talked about an important lesson he learned,“there is no second chance to make a first impression, so always make your first one the best.” He gave the Saints in attendance some tips and tricks about nailing their first impression in interviews and networking situations.

“A Siena College education is about being engaged with knowledge, finding the value in individual talents, and being involved in learning,” he said.

O’Malley left the students with some final advice: work hard, work smart, and show that you are only human. 

“Siena students, alumni and faculty are hard workers and do not know how to sit on the sidelines.”