A native of Colorado Springs, Kevin O’Neil has balanced his entrepreneurial efforts with a commitment to paying it forward. Mr. O’Neil launched his first company in 1982.
Since this beginning he has grown a diverse business portfolio that includes wholesale lighting, mechanical contracting, graphics design, medical waste entities, residential real estate development, multi-family residential management, vacation real estate, residential construction, light commercial development and construction, textiles, aerospace engineering, cyberspace, small business consulting, software technology and the creation of a collaborative innovation district for the development of local businesses and the economic growth of Colorado Springs.
Earlier in 2016, Mr. O’Neil launched the Catalyst Campus for Technology & Innovation in downtown Colorado Springs.
The Catalyst Campus community is a geographical area of more than 8 acres and physical space of 100,000 square feet, where various sectors of advanced industry (including aerospace and defense, technology and information and advanced manufacturing) are co-located to collaborate on innovative ideas and opportunities that promote technological advancement and ultimately, the creation of high-skilled, high-paying jobs.
Catalyst Campus benefits from public-private partnerships with Comcast, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), Southern Colorado Technology Alliance (SCTA), and the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA).
Currently, Catalyst Campus is home to more than a dozen companies and technology organizations, including The Center for Technology, Research, and Commercialization (CTRAC), a 501(c3) nonprofit, and The FourFront Fuse Impact Center, sponsored by CAMA.
Inherent in each of Mr. O’Neil’s ventures is a community development component, whether economic growth through bringing new jobs and companies to the Pikes Peak region or support of local charities and non-profits in the form of volunteering his financial and business expertise.
Mr. O’Neil is also an entrepreneur with diversified holdings through The O’Neil Group Company. Some of his
accomplishments over the past 30 years include rehabilitation of value-added multi-family housing for subsequent sale or addition to his personal property portfolio. He has begun to expand his portfolio to include equity-investing groups allowing large groups of personal investment opportunities.
Mr. O’Neil purchased Braxton Technologies, LLC, in 2008 through his investment concern, The O’Neil Group Company. Braxton is Mr. O’Neil’s cornerstone for new industry and future growth.
Prior to 2000, Mr. O’Neil spent 20 years in the retail, commercial and residential textile business taking advantage of Colorado’s housing boom in the 1980s. The last textile company sold became a division of Home Depot.
Mr. O’Neil is passionate about engaging local students in the engineering field and encouraging them to stay in Colorado Springs to take advantage of local opportunities for education and training. This endeavor includes a partnership he has formed with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in which he has committed $50,000 in scholarship funds, as well as volunteering his time and Braxton’s resources on speaking engagements to middle and high school students.
Mr. O’Neil is a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation–Military Affairs Council, and a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), and the Lance P. Sijan Chapter of the Air Force Association (AFA). He also sits on the Boards of Directors of many businesses.
In 2016, Mr. O’Neil was one of the Colorado Technology Association’s APEX awards nominees, as well as one of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance’s Business Citizen of the Year nominees. Mr. O’Neil graduated cum laude from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1989.