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Long an exclusive private members club, new life has come to this Michigan Avenue gem. With commanding views overlooking Millennium Park, this iconic hotel features interior design by the renowned Roman and Williams team with 240 rooms and distinctive dining and entertainment options that celebrate the history and allure of this former den for Chicago’s topmost.
Malliouhana Resort & Spa
Acquired in February 2013, the Malliouhana Hotel and Spa is the crown jewel of the island of Anguilla since its inception in 1984. Perched high on the cliff top overlooking three white powder beaches and the Caribbean beyond, Malliouhana’s 55 bedrooms and suites sit on 22 acres of lush tropical gardens. The 15,000 square foot spa located on the beachfront adds to the allure of this beautiful retreat destination. The hotel has been fully renovated and is now included in the Auberge Resorts portfolio.
Soho House Chicago
Soho House Chicago is a private members’ club that features a rooftop pool, gymnasium, screening room, spa, and 40 hotel rooms. The upper floors are a warm gathering place and home-away-from-home for members, guests, and friends. The first floor hosts two unique dining concepts, Pizza East and Chicken Shop, open to both members and the public alike.
Launched in 2014, Graduate Hotels is a new, boutique hotel collection targeting college towns across America. Each Graduate Hotel is part of a well-curated, thoughtfully crafted collection of hotels celebrating and commemorating the optimistic energy of its community while offering an extended retreat to places that played host to the best days of our lives.
Calistoga Ranch lies tucked away into a private canyon in Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and a private lake. The 50-room luxury resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature inherent to the region. Designed with relaxation in mind, lodges offer visitors the ultimate experience with a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces that allow guests to fully experience the pristine setting.
Offering understated elegance, modern day amenities, and personalized service in the heart of the Gold Coast, Thompson Chicago is the city’s premier boutique hotel. Opened in 2013, Thompson Chicago was designed by London-based Tara Bernerd with the needs of both business and leisure travelers in mind, with residence-style rooms and suites, top-of-the-line technology amenities, and Nico Osteria – a new signature restaurant by One Off Hospitality Group, the curators of establishments such as Blackbird and Publican Quality Meats.
Thompson Nashville in the Gulch
Situated in the heart of one of Nashville’s most dynamic neighborhoods, Thompson Nashville in The Gulch will feature a signature ground floor restaurant, boutique retail space, and 224 rooms. Twelve stories above the intersection of 11th and 12th Avenues will be a distinct indoor-outdoor rooftop venue set against the backdrop of dramatic, panoramic views from Downtown to SoBro. Thompson Nashville in The Gulch will be opening in 2016.
Well-known for its illustrious past and distinguished guests, The Pontchartrain has received a comprehensive revitalization and reopening. The hotel has been thoughtfully restored to maintain a historic feel while imparting a sense of modern comfort and style throughout the 106 rooms and suites that reflect the unique personality of today’s New Orleans and the Garden District.
Isle de France
Located on St. Barth’s pristine Bale des Flamands beach, Isle de France captures the charm and elegance of this Caribbean gem.
A tribute to Art Deco grandeur, the prestigious Raleigh Hotel enjoys a spectacular oceanfront location on Miami’s popular South Beach.
Auberge Resorts manages a collection of exceptional hotels, resorts and private clubs, all of which embody a unique sense of place, while sharing Auberge’s signature sense of understated luxury, timeless sophistication, and warm, gracious service.
Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners (AJ Capital Partners) is a dynamic organization of counter-culture hospitality and real estate investors who acquire, develop and design transformative real estate in multi-dimensional markets and prestigious resort destinations. In 2014, AJ Capital Partners launched the Graduate Hotels brand – a hotel collection that resides in the most dynamic university-anchored towns across the country.
AJ Capital Partners’ mission is to achieve optimal risk adjusted returns for its investors who are seeking long-term capital investments. The company has assembled a highly accomplished team who share an innate passion to create a one-of-a kind portfolio of timeless assets. Collectively, the team is able to achieve this goal by drawing upon their diverse and multi-disciplinary backgrounds, spanning investment management and hospitality operations.
AJ Capital Partners continues to grow its portfolio of lodging investments, firmly establishing the group as visionary leaders in the lifestyle-driven investment industry.
Mr. Rothman is Senior Director of Food and Beverage for AJ Capital Partners. Most recently, Mr. Rothman was the Corporate Director of Food and Beverage with Northwood Hospitality, overseeing the management of food and beverage operations in nine hotels located in New York, Boston, Florida and California. Prior to joining Northwood, Mr. Rothman managed food and beverage operations for the Viceroy Abu Dhabi, Montage Beverly Hills, Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire, the Peninsula Beverly Hills and the Thompson hotel in Soho, New York. Mr. Rothman also has a variety of experience in independent restaurants that include concepting, raising capital and operational execution. Mr. Rothman earned a degree in Business Logistics and International Business from Pennsylvania State University.
Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners as a Principal, Mr. Weprin worked with the New York City real estate development firm, Youngwoo & Associates. Mr. Weprin previously served as an associate at the international law firms Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, and Dechert LLP. Mr. Weprin is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, holds an M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University, and is a summa cum laude graduate of New York Law School.
Ms. Robson is a Senior Designer for Graduate Hotels. She interned with award-winning hospitality design firms sfadesign, The Gettys Group, and Looney & Associates. Before joining AJ Capital Partners, she was an Interior Designer at tvsdesign in Chicago. Ms. Robson graduated cum laude from Iowa State University with a B.F.A in Interior Design and minor in Spanish, and is certified as a LEED Green Associate.
Mr. Haines is a Director of Food and Beverage for AJ Capital Partners' Graduate Hotels platform. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Mr. Haines worked in some of the best culinary destinations in Chicago with Lettuce Entertain You, most notably Scoozi and Wildfire Chicago. Mr. Haines gained hotel experience as Director of Food and Beverage for Toast Hotel Group, overseeing operations at the Marina Grand Resort and The Harbor Grand in New Buffalo, MI. Mr. Haines earned an Associate of Applied Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.
Mr. Medzigian is an Analyst providing support to both the acquisitions and asset management teams within the Graduate Hotels platform. Mr. Medzigian graduated from Michigan State University where he majored in Economics.
Ms. Boan is responsible for supporting the executive management team and office operations of AJ Capital Partners, where she also serves as Human Resource Generalist. Additionally, she brings over ten years of hospitality and food and beverage experience in both management and service to the firm. Ms. Boan holds a B.S. from Northwestern University in Leadership and Organizational Behavior.
Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Mr. Rochefort spent three years working in the asset management group at Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. As the first analyst hired by Pebblebrook following their IPO, he worked on over $2.0B in hospitality assets totaling 6,417 keys across multiple operator and brand platforms. Mr. Rochefort will focus on identifying and evaluating new acquisition and development opportunities, while also assisting with asset management functions. Mr. Rochefort graduated with a minor in real estate finance from the Cornell Hotel School.
Mr. Hassberger is a Principal and Chief Operating Officer focusing on the strategic direction for Graduate Hotels and the future growth of the company both within and outside the Graduate platform. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, he was SVP Asset Management & Acquisitions at Strategic Hotels & Resorts. In his nearly 11 years there, Mr. Hassberger helped grow SHR into a highly-respected owner and asset manager of arguably the highest-end lodging portfolio in North America. Mr. Hassberger is a graduate from the Honors College at Michigan State University and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mr. Wlostowski is a Graphic Designer for Graduate Hotels. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, he was the Resource Coordinator at DePalma Group in Chicago. Mr. Wlostowski graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A. in Painting and Print Media.
Mr. Stowers is a Senior Vice President of Development and Construction overseeing the construction, renovation, and development processes for the company. He brings more than 15 years of development experience in a broad range of industries with more than 7 years focused solely in hospitality. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, he served as the Vice President of Design and Construction at Strategic Hotels and Resorts overseeing the capital improvements of the company's luxury portfolio. Mr. Stowers holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Mr. Richmond is a Senior Analyst based out of AJ Capital Partners' Nashville office. He provides support for acquisitions, asset management and business development in the market. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Mr. Richmond worked for Berkeley Point Capital, a provider of debt financing for multifamily developments, and Harbert Mezzanine Partners, a provider of debt and equity financing to middle market companies. Mr. Richmond is a graduate of the University of North Carolina.
An experienced accounting professional with excellent financial, analytical, technological and organizational skills, acquired and developed through 32 years of leadership experience in the hospitality and real estate industries, Ms. Shore is Vice President and Corporate Controller for AJ Capital Partners. She is experienced and knowledgeable in a full complement of business management practices, methods and techniques obtained and developed while serving a variety of roles at Hilton Hotels Worldwide, Hyatt Hotel Corporation, Strategic Hotels and Resorts, and Shore Controller Services. Ms. Shore received her BS in Psychology and Biology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.
As an Assistant Project Manager, Mr. Mintzer is responsible for coordinating and assisting in the management of development activities within Graduate Hotels. He comes to AJ Capital Partners with a background in construction management, previously working as a Project Engineer and Superintendent with Turner Construction doing new construction on various types of facilities and tenant build-outs. Mr. Mintzer holds a BS in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana with a focus in Construction Management.
Ms. Saunders is the Chief Marketing Officer of Graduate Hotels leading marketing, branding and public relations to the platform. Ms. Saunders oversees the brand's omnichannel strategy across all channels, as well as brand messaging across all guest touchpoints. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Ms. Saunders served as Director of Marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue. She oversaw marketing strategy, public relations and communications. Prior to Saks, Ms. Saunders was responsible for all marketing initiatives for Modern Luxury Media's five Chicago publications. In addition, Ms. Saunders managed strategic marketing and business development for Sotheby's auction house. Ms. Saunders is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and holds a M.A. in Art History from Christie's New York.
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As Senior Brand Manager of Graduate Hotels, Ms. Rassieur is responsible for cultivating brand partnerships and driving public relations efforts as well as developing brand packages and digital content for the hotel group. Ms. Rassieur also oversees social media strategy for the platform. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Ms. Rassieur managed events, social media and public relations for Saks Fifth Avenue as the luxury retailer's Marketing Manager. Prior to Saks, Ms. Rassieur worked in advertising for Conde Nast. Ms. Rassieur holds a B.A. in Strategic Communications and a Minor in Marketing from Miami University - Oxford, Ohio.
Ms. Melendez is a Junior Designer for Graduate Hotels. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis on hospitality design. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, her various work experience included retail staging as well as working closely with major hotel brands and investors executing beautiful design aesthetic.
Mr. MacDonald is a Brand Manager and Asset Manager for Graduate Hotels. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, he worked in numerous hotel management positions over a period of five years. In his current role, Mr. MacDonald is responsible for marketing and brand positioning initiatives at both the corporate and individual property levels for all Graduate Hotels and the daily operations of the Graduate assets, while working in direct support of the other members of the asset management team. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Miller joined AJCP in 2017 and currently serves as the Assistant Controller for Graduate Hotels. His responsibilities include review of fund and property level accounting and investor reporting. Prior to joining AJCP, he was a senior associate in PwC's financial services assurance group serving real estate and investment companies. Mr. Miller received a B.S. in Finance and Accountancy and an MSA in Accountancy from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.
Mr. Stephens currently serves as the Vice President and Controller for Graduate Hotels. His responsibilities include investor level accounting and reporting, oversight of property level accounting and reporting and assisting asset management with investment related issues. Prior to joining AJCP, he was a manager in PwC's financial services assurance group serving various real estate entities, broker dealers, commodity traders and investment companies. Prior to joining PwC, he started his career in McGladrey's real estate assurance group. Mr. Stephens holds a B.S. and MAS in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.
Ms. Denson is an office manager and executive assistant to the President of Graduate Hotels. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Ms. Denson worked in the food and beverage industry and non-profit sector at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and DA! Theatre Collective in Austin, TX. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from St. Edward’s University in Austin.
Mr. Franzen is a commercial real estate investment and development professional possessing broad experience across multiple asset classes, including retail, restaurant, office and parking, with particular expertise in hospitality real estate. Mr. Franzen puts his 20 years of experience to work for AJ Capital Partners as Principal and President of Graduate Hotels. In that role, he leads a team of over 20 real estate transactional experts, designers, brand and marketing professionals, asset and project managers, and accountants in the crafting and execution of AJ Capital's strategic plan to grow the Graduate Hotels portfolio through the US. Over Mr. Franzen's career, he has acquired 19 hotels containing nearly 5,000 guest rooms (both branded and independent), having a total acquisition value in excess of $700 million, while developing over 1,000 hotel guest rooms with an aggregate capitalization of over $300 million. Mr. Franzen has also participated in the founding and management of both hotel management and hotel asset management companies, and has owned and operated hotels in all of the major brand families. Mr. Franzen is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and holds a J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law.
Mr. Ostrom is an Analyst working with both the asset management and acquisitions teams. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Mr. Ostrom was an intern at MMX Management where he helped advise various alternative investment funds. He holds a B.S. in Economics from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.
Mr. Sehgal serves as Principal and Managing Director of Investment and Asset Management based out of AJ Capital Partners' Nashville office. He oversees acquisitions, asset management, and business development in the market. Mr. Sehgal previously held the post of Director of Acquisitions for Viceroy Hotel Group. His responsibilities included managing new deals and existing assets in the US, Middle East, and Asia. Mr. Sehgal sourced and led the sale of Viceroy to an Abu Dhabi-based sovereign fund and a private Malaysian investor. He began his career as an analyst with Trizec Properties, a publicly traded office and retail REIT. Mr. Sehgal received a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Northwestern University.
As Chief Creative Officer, Mr. Alford brings more than fifteen years of design and creative direction experience to the table. Mr. Alford began his hospitality design career as the Style Manager for Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants. After his tenure with Kimpton, he launched his own firm, Dirty Lines Design. Projects ranged from luxury resorts to eccentric neighborhood hotels to dive bars on the Pacific Coast Highway. Most notably, Mr. Alford designed Hotel Lincoln and the J. Parker roof bar in Chicago, IL.
Ms. Hoffmann is a Property Accountant with over 20 years of career experience in the real estate industry. As part of the accounting team, she is responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for our asset management group. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, MS. Hoffmann gained her accounting experience at CBRE and The Prime Group, Inc. Ms. Hoffmann received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Mr. Weprin founded AJ Capital Partners in the fourth quarter of 2008. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Mr. Thelen is CFO of AJ Capital Partners with specific focus on leading the company's capital markets activity. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, he was Vice President, Capital Markets, Acquisitions and Treasurer at Strategic Hotels and Resorts. Mr. Thelen began his career as a CPA in the risk advisory and audit practices of Ernest & Young, LLP. Mr. Thelen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accountancy and Master of Science in Accountancy from Michigan State University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Manning is a Principal and Senior Managing Director of Investor Relations focusing primarily on managing investor relationships. He is be based out of AJ Capital Partners' New Orleans office. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, he worked in institutional equity sales with Howard Weil in New Orleans specializing in the oil and gas business. During his 16 years at Howard Weil, Mr. Manning was integral in positing the company as a leader in the energy sector. He was involved in the sale of Howard Weil to Scotia Bank in 2012 and remained on through the transition as a partner. He is also the host of "The Manning Hour" (minus 58 minutes) on Fox Sports. Mr Manning graduated from the University of Mississippi.
Mr. Schor is a Principal and Managing Director of Asset Management, responsible for overseeing AJ Capital Partners' portfolio of properties, as well as evaluating real estate opportunities. Previously as a Vice President in Hyatt Hotel's Real Estate & Development group, Mr. Schor gained valuable experience handling both management agreements and ownership matters on a global basis. Mr. Schor graduated from Cornell University and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mr. Silverman is an Analyst providing support to both the acquisitions and asset management groups within the Graduate Hotels platform. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Mr. Silverman worked as a Financial Analyst on the Development Team at General Growth Properties. Mr. Silverman graduated from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business with an emphasis on Finance and Accounting. He is also a licensed real estate broker in Massachusetts.
As an Assistant Project Manager, Eric is responsible for the coordination of development activities within Graduate Hotels from pre-development through construction and hotel opening. Prior to joining AJCP, Eric worked as a Project Engineer for Turner Construction, primarily working on commercial interior build outs and renovations. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a primary focus in Construction Management.
Mr. Atilano is a Property Accountant for Graduate Hotels. Mr. Atilano’s extensive career experience includes seven years of real estate experience as a Property Accountant at First Hospitality Group. In his most recent role as Property Accountant, Mr. Atilano was responsible for the accounting and financial reporting of various hotels. Mr. Atilano received his Bachelors in Science of Business Administration from Robert Morris University in Chicago.
Mr. Link joined AJCP in 2017 and currently serves as a Portfolio Accountant for Graduate Hotels. His responsibilities include property level accounting and reporting review, and investor reporting. Prior to joining AJCP, Mr. Link spent two years in Grant Thornton's financial services assurance group serving various real estate clients, broker dealers and investment companies. Mr. Link received a B.S. in Accountancy and Technology Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.
As Vice President of Asset Management, Mr. Hajek brings over twelve years of hospitality experience to AJ Capital Partners and Graduate Hotels. His background includes hotel operations, corporate strategy, financial planning and analysis, and real estate underwriting including nine years at Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Mr. Hajek received his B.S. in International Business from Franklin Pierce University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Ms. Serafini is a Senior Graphic Designer at AJ Capital Partners, implementing market design for Graduate Hotels' overall brand and individual properties. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, she ran her own design studio, as well as worked in advertising at Leo Burnett and TracyLocke on creative direction, brand and digital engagement for large international portfolios like Pepsi, Gatorade, and Miller Coors. Ms. Serafini holds a BFA in communications design from Syracuse University.
Ms. Ke is the Vice President of Asset Management within AJ Capital Partners focused on Graduate Hotels. She is primarily responsible for assisting the asset management team in the underwriting, market analysis and strategic oversight of existing investments. Prior to joining the firm, she spent four years at Host Hotels & Resorts, where she helped close $1.4 billion in strategic dispositions. Previous to Host, she was involved in equity raising, asset financing and asset management functions at Thayer Lodging Group. Ms. Ke is a graduate of the Cornell Hotel School with a minor in Real Estate.
As Vice President of Development, Mr. Patwin brings over 15 years of real estate experience to AJ Capital Partners and Graduate Hotels. He began his career as an architect before shifting his focus to investment and development. His portfolio includes multi-family adaptive reuse, retail and large scale hospitality projects in the US and Asia. Mr. Patwin received his Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University and an M.B.A. from Chicago's Booth School of Business.
In her role as Brand Marketing Manager of Graduate Hotels, Ms. Johnson implements effective marketing strategies by integrating overall brand voice through hotel digital content, email communication and social media. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, she managed numerous consumer product campaigns at a global PR/Marketing agency. Ms. Johnson holds a B.A. in Strategic Communications and Reporting from University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Ms. Biddle is the office manager and assistant to the COO of AJ Capital Partners. Prior to her current role, Ms. Biddle managed an upscale retail store and contributed to high volume sales on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Sales and Marketing.
Ms. Gliatta is a Retail Associate based out of AJ Capital Partners' Nashville office. She is focused on leasing while also working to forge relationships with leading brands to further business development. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Ms. Gliatta worked as a retail broker for Jones Lang LaSalle in Nashville and Crown Retail Services in New York City. Ms. Gliatta is a graduate of Western Kentucky University.
Ms. Bruno is a Junior Designer for Graduate Hotels. She holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Interior Design from Harrington College of Design. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, her varied work experiences include video editing, educational publishing, and advertising as well as residential, product, and hospitality design.
Mr. Ebbott is an Associate of Acquisitions and Asset Management, responsible for identifying and evaluating new acquisition and development opportunities, and assisting with asset management and investor reporting. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Mr. Ebbott spent three years working in the Real Estate Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Ebbott is a graduate of the Emory University's Goizueta School of Business and holds an MBA with High Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Analyst.
Mr. Trombley is an Associate of Acquisitions and Asset Management for the Graduate Hotels platform. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Mr. Trombley previously held positions at Jones Lang LaSalle and PwC. Mr. Trombley graduated from the University of Michigan with a dual B.B.A./B.A. He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Real Estate Broker in Illinois.
As Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, Mr. Ryan is focused on growing the Graduate Hotels portfolio through the identification, negotiation and acquisition of projects that present unique opportunities for conversion or development. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Mr. Ryan worked with Transwestern Development Company in Austin, Texas, where he was integral in the development of multifamily, office and mixed-use projects in the Southwest markets of Austin, San Antonio, Denver, Phoenix and San Diego. Mr. Ryan graduated from the University of San Diego and holds an M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.
Ms. Schanks currently serves as a Property Accountant for AJ Capital Partners. Her responsibilities include property level accounting and reporting review, investor level accounting and reporting, and assisting asset management with investment related issues. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Ms. Schanks spent three years in PwC's financial services assurance practice serving real estate clients primarily within the retail mall and office space. Ms. Schanks holds a B.S and MAS in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois.
Mr. Lopez is a Property Accountant for AJ Capital Partners' Graduate Hotels platform. Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Mr. Lopez gained eight years of real estate experience as a Property Accountant at First Hospitality Group. As a Property Accountant, Mr. Lopez was responsible for the accounting, asset management and financial reporting of eight full function hotels. Mr. Lopez received his Bachelors in Science of Business Administration from Robert Morris University in Chicago.