Partner Biographies

Mr. David P. Purcell is a co-founder and the Managing Partner of Continental Advisors LLC.

Mr. Purcell serves as portfolio manager for Continental’s financial services and healthcare investment strategies. Since 1999, he has developed and implemented investment strategies combining the best of traditional value-based buy and hold disciplines with updated risk management tools and technologies. The foundation of his approach combines market-leading fundamental research, concentrated portfolio holdings, and an active process of attempting to mitigate downside risks.

Prior to founding Continental, Mr. Purcell was a Managing Director of Warburg Dillon Read LLC, heading its U.S. Institutional Equity and Risk Management Product Distribution Group.  WDR and/or its predecessor organizations (originally O’Connor and Associates) developed one of the market’s leading client equity risk management franchises.

Mr. Purcell co-authored The Reality of Hedge Funds published in the Journal of Investing in 1999. He received a B.B.A. in Finance from Texas Christian University (1986) and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago (1989).

He serves on the International Board of Visitors for the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University and is a Trustee of the Brain Research Foundation.



Mr. David G. O’Neill is a Partner of Continental Advisors LLC and joined the firm in 2001.

Mr. O’Neill has served as Co-Portfolio Manager of the Continental Healthcare fund since its inception. With 30 years experience in securities analysis, his responsibilities are focused on idea generation and stock selection.

From 1985-2001, Mr. O’Neill served as a Partner and an Equity Research Analyst at William Blair & Company, LLC, a Chicago-based brokerage and asset management firm.  Mr. O’Neill was a principal of the firm from 1991-2001. His primary research coverage included healthcare distribution, healthcare information systems, pharmaceutical services and other select healthcare service, consumer and business service sectors. In addition, Mr. O’Neill was group head of William Blair & Company’s five-person healthcare research team.

Mr. O’Neill received a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a M.M. in Accounting and Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 



Mr. Paul M. Purcell is a co-founder and Partner of Continental Advisors LLC. 

Mr. Purcell serves as a senior research analyst. His research focuses on specialty consumer finance (non-bank operated), financial and payment processing, consulting and information technology companies. His primary responsibility is to develop and maintain deep domain expertise in all non-bank financial services platforms in IT, payment and specialty consumer finance verticals.

Mr. Purcell currently serves on the Board of SCVNGR/LevelUp (, a leading provider of mobile payments solutions, and is part of the managing committee of Veritec (, a provider of regulatory enforcement solutions for the financial services industry.

Prior to joining Continental Advisors, Mr. Purcell was Manager of Internet Marketing at the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE), a department he helped found.  He also held analyst positions in the Trading Operations and Investor Services Divisions at the CBOE.  

Mr. Purcell received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of San Diego. He is a member of the Emerging Leaders Council at the University of San Diego. He founded and co-directed the Drive for Breakthroughs, a charity golf outing, which in its 6 years of existence, raised nearly $2 million for the benefit of the Myelin Repair Foundation ( Mr. Purcell is active in many areas of medical research, namely Multiple Sclerosis and Child Food Allergy. 



Mr. John B. Patience is a Partner at Continental Advisors LLC and joined the firm in 2010.

Mr. Patience serves as a senior research analyst at Continental. Mr. Patience’s primary responsibilities are idea generation and stock selection. He works closely with the other partners on risk management, portfolio construction and performance attribution. In addition, he oversees trade execution and allocation of equity and option trades as well as handling third-party broker relationships.

Prior to joining Continental Advisors, Mr. Patience was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company advising financial services clients on a range of financial and strategic issues. Mr. Patience has also worked in investment banking at Robertson Stephens and Goldman Sachs across a range of sectors. In addition, Mr. Patience worked at Madrona Venture Group, a technology-focused venture capital firm.

Mr. Patience received a B.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and a M.B.A in Finance and Strategic Management from the Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania. He sits on the Advisory Board of Bristlecone Advisors, an independent investment advisory firm and multi-family office located in Seattle.



Mr. Gregory A. Ramenofsky is a Partner at Continental Advisors LLC and joined the firm in 2004. 

Mr. Ramenofsky serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Continental. Upon joining the firm, Mr. Ramenofsky leveraged his extensive experience in operations and internal controls to institutionalize the back office at Continental. 

Prior to joining Continental, Mr. Ramenofsky worked in a variety of audit and financial roles at Arthur Andersen, Andersen Worldwide, Accenture and Tribune Company. 

Mr. Ramenofsky is a registered CPA. He received a B.B.A. in Accounting from Loyola University Chicago and received an M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from The University of Chicago.

Mr. Ramenofsky serves on the Loyola University Accounting Department Advisors Board, assisting with insight into market trends, curriculum development and program direction. In addition, Mr. Ramenofsky holds the title of Adjunct Instructor of Accounting at Loyola, occasionally teaching evening classes in the business school with topics focusing on financial audits and internal controls.

Mr. Ramenofsky has been a longtime volunteer at Ladder Up, a Chicago nonprofit providing tax preparation and financial education services to low income families in the city.

Mr. Ramenofsky has been a longtime volunteer and a former board member of Nazareth Farm, a catholic organization in West Virginia that caters to high school and college students from around the U.S., providing a retreat environment where young adults rebuild houses in low income areas of rural West Virginia.