Mr Pat Hopf
Pat is the founder and President of Symmetry Growth Capital. He was also the founding partner and managing general partner at St. Paul Venture Capital, an early stage venture capital firm with over $3 billion in committed capital. Pat has focused on emerging growth opportunities in retailing, consumer products, education and services for over 20 years. Successful investments have included: Select Comfort, Sylvan Learning Systems, Petstuff, Pacific Sunwear, BizMart, Tokos Medical, Chuck E. Cheese's and National Electronics Warranty Corp. He claims his advancing age has caused him to forget the names of his unsuccessful investments, however, he does remember the nature of the mistakes which have been made, and he hopes to keep companies from making those same mistakes again in the future. Prior to founding St. Paul Venture Capital in 1988, Pat served four years as the managing general partner of the T. Rowe Price Threshold Funds. In the early 1980's, he was the founder, chairman and CEO of Family Entertainment Centers, a company he took public. Pat began his career in 1973 as an investment analyst specializing in consumer-related companies for Capital Research Company.
Pat is currently the Chairman of Select Comfort and Cool Cuts for Kids, and is a board member of National Electronics Warranty Corporation, Minnesota Public Radio and the National Venture Capital Association. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time at his lake cabin with his wife and four children.
He holds an MBA from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Business from the University of Minnesota.
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