Patrick Lissonnet, managing director at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, is today’s Forty Under 40 featured honoree.

As a managing director for Kayne Anderson’s private-equity activities in the energy space, Patrick focuses on identifying and analyzing investment opportunities and ongoing oversight of existing investments and sits on the firm’s investment committee.

Patrick began his career in the oil and gas industry at ExxonMobil Corp. after earning a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University in 2003. He also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

He would also go on to serve as a reservoir engineer with Netherland, Sewell & Associates Inc. before joining Kayne Anderson in 2013.

Patrick’s advice for young professionals: “Focus on building a deep fundamental toolkit early in your career because that will serve as your foundation throughout your career and inform your perspective on investment decisions.”

Click here for Patrick’s complete profile.

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