FIRE Club Leadership

Co-Presidents: Jim Clark IV and Max Van Hollebeke

Max grew up in Seattle, WA, where he earned a B.S in Marketing from the University of Washington before working six years in sales. After closing on multiple properties in the state of Washington in the past couple years, Max knew his career would pivot into real estate investments. Max is spending the summer of 2022 interning in acquisitions at Buckingham Companies, a real estate private equity firm based in Indianapolis, IN.



Jim grew up in Basking Ridge, NJ and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 with a B.A. in Economics. Jim began his career working in Corporate Real Estate and Corporate Finance in New Jersey and further expanded his Real Estate experience and passion by purchasing a rental property in Hoboken, NJ, and working with tenants as a member of the board of a condo association. Jim is pursuing an MBA concentration of Investments and will be interning in the summer of 2022 with Deloitte in New York City in Finance Consulting, with a goal of increasing his finance and investments knowledge.




Staff Advisor: Mike O'Malley

Principal/Co-Founder at Pennybacker Capital; Real Estate Private Equity Professor

Mike O’Malley designs and directs operational, commercial, and financial strategies that tightly align with Pennybacker Capital’s guiding vision. In addition, he provides sourcing and analytics for investment opportunities, forms and fosters investor relationships, and serves on the firm’s Investment Committee.

Mike was previously COO and CFO of VisionWeb, an eye care product ordering and claims management software company. Under his leadership, the firm closed six private equity placements and grew from fledgling status to a global services provider. Mike was recognized by the prominent trade magazine VisionMonday as one of its "Forty Under 40" list of innovative industry professionals to watch.

Early in his career, Mike was an auditor and later a consultant for Price Waterhouse and Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, now Macquarie Capital USA. He successfully delivered structured finance solutions to Fortune 500 clients, including multi-national bank groups and companies in the technology, manufacturing, and financial services industries.

Mike graduated cum laude with degrees in Accountancy and Computer Applications from the University of Notre Dame, received an MBA with highest honors from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, the Private Equity CFO Association, and the Real Estate Council of Austin and is an inaugural Advisory Board member of the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate at the University of Notre Dame.