Pat is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Statutory Auditor. In 1985 he graduated from University College Cork with a B.Comm degree (management and finance). Following graduation he entered the Coras Trachtala Eireann (Irish Export Board) graduate management development programme and gained his first experience in marketing and sales working with Global Pumps Ireland and Kellogg’s Ireland. He studied for the Marketing Institute of Ireland exams and was admitted as a graduate member.
In 1987 Pat changed course and returned to Kerry where he joined OCKT, an established firm of Chartered Accountants in Killarney. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1990 and was admitted to the register of Company Auditors in 1993. As Senior Audit Manager he gained significant experience in accounting, auditing and tax while working with businesses across a spectrum of industries. While at OCKT he gained in-depth manufacturing and financial reporting experience at a subsidiary of American Optical Corporation (Radiac Abrasives Ltd-manufacturer of abrasive & regulating wheels) and an understanding of the financial practicalities of global trading at Tenba Worldwide Inc.(maker of portable computer carry cases for Dell, one of the first companies in Ireland to develop an integrated supply chain platform for high volume daily deliveries to Dell’s factories in Europe, USA & Asia).
In 1997 following 10 successful years with OCKT Pat founded his own practice. In 1999 he was engaged as statutory auditor in practice by, and later merged with Kerry Accounting Services, a successful Tralee based accounting firm. In 2001 he combined with Brendan Timothy and acquired the Kerry Practice of Parfrey Murphy Chartered Accountants to form Timothy & O’Connor, Chartered Certified Accountants & Statutory Auditors (TOC).
In 2012 Pat completed the Masters in Business Administration programme (MBA) at UCC with the objective of equipping the firm with tools and resources to provide its clients with up-to-date knowledge and supports. Clients can now select from a suite of services on a plug and play basis and use our expert know-how to align their finance function with clearly stated business strategy objectives.
In 2016 Pat completed a Diploma in HR management practice at the Institute of Public Administration (Assoc.CIPD Institute of Personnel & Development) with the objective of supporting clients to develop HR management practice and leadership capability.
At TOC we connect business leaders to the resources they need to develop their enterprises. Our accounting, tax, management, sales & marketing and business experience inform our unique perspective in analysing and appraising business models and building brand value. As managing partner at TOC Pat’s ambition is to position the firm as a trusted Finance Business Partner for organizations with an ambition to grow.