John Oden
Managing Director

John Oden is well versed in mergers and acquisition matters and has extensive experience analyzing quality of earnings, working capital needs, and other financial / operational information for investment transactions. He primarily works with private equity firms, family offices, and investment bankers to facilitate M&A transactions on both the buy-side and the sell-side.

Prior to Whitley Penn, he founded and managed Oden Partners, a consulting practice conducting due diligence for private equity transactions. A number of his clients managed over $1B in assets. At Oden Partners, John served as the Chief Financial Officer for client portfolio companies in the software, insurance, and midstream energy sectors. He also created financial models that launched now-successful companies in home health care as well as proprietary polymer resin manufacturing for 3D printing.

Board and Community Service

  • Former Texas State Debate Champion
  • Eagle Scout


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  • B.A. in Philosophy, University of Michigan
  • M.B.A. in Finance, Southern Methodist University

Professional Experience

  • Whitley Penn (2019-Present)
    • Managing Director
  • Oden Partners (2010-2019)
    • Founder and Managing Partner
  • Transition Capital Partners (2009-2010)
    • Associate
  • Adjacent Capital (2008-2009)
    • Associate
  • Best Associates (2006-2008)
    • Director of Project Management & Systems Integration
  • Adea Solutions (2005-2006)
    • Business Analyst