Chairman and CEO of Deloitte Tax LLP
Carl Allegretti is the Deloitte Tax LLP (“Deloitte Tax”) chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), and serves as a member of the Deloitte LLP Executive Committee, Deloitte LLP Operating Committee, and the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited Global Tax Executive Committee. His client activities include serving as advisory partner for several of the Deloitte U.S. Firms’ largest clients.
As chairman and CEO of Deloitte Tax, Carl collaborates with his leadership team to guide the U.S. tax practice toward operational excellence from a strategic, client, talent, and quality perspective. This includes a constant focus on anticipating market changes; understanding client needs; innovating and delivering high-value quality professional services; and attracting, developing, and retaining a talented diverse group of practice professionals.
In his previous role as global and U.S. Tax Chief Clients & Markets officer, Carl positioned Deloitte to deliver differentiated value to clients. He championed strategic programs and led the development of a business issue trends approach to the market. Carl also led efforts to address clients’ needs by providing seamless services in the U.S. and across the global network of Deloitte member firms. Carl has also served as the Midwest regional tax managing partner (RTMP) for Deloitte Tax. As RTMP, Carl built a diverse leadership team that led Deloitte’s Midwest tax practice to record growth throughout his time as RTMP.
Carl is also a former member and vice chairman of the U.S. Board of Directors for Deloitte LLP.
In addition to his leadership within Deloitte, Carl has distinguished himself as a leader within the Chicago business community and has been named to the prestigious Crain’s Chicago Business list of “Who’s Who In Chicago Business” for the past six years and received the inaugural Mayor Richard M. and Maggie Daley Award as the top fund-raiser at the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in April 2011. He serves on the board of the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Carl is a Certified Public Accountant in Indiana and Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Butler University in Indiana.
President, Prospero Capital Management
Mr. Bornstein serves as President and portfolio manager of Prospero Capital Management, a hedge-fund investment adviser based in Chicago. Prior to Prospero, Ben worked for Goldman Sachs and Oppenheimer & Company in New York; he also covered the US portfolio for the global fund products of Orbis Investment Management in London and Bermuda. Additionally, Ben served as a partner and portfolio manager at Omega Advisors in New York.
Ben graduated from Harvard Business School with high distinction as a Baker Scholar, Harvard Law School as part of the JD/MBA program, and magna cum laude from Princeton University majoring in Economics. His graduate academic work focused on investment management, finance, and securities law.
Ben’s other charitable interests and Board Positions include Lurie Cancer Center, STAR Program (Northwestern), Mott Children’s Hospital (Ann Arbor, MI), PAWS, Mercy for Animals, and the HBS Club of Chicago. He is a 2-time cancer survivor who deeply shares in Imerman Angel’s passion to make sure no one fights cancer alone.
Vice President/General Manager of the Chicago Blackhawks
Stan Bowman is in his 13th season with the Blackhawks and his fourth as Vice President/General Manager, having been named to the position on Sept. 7, 2010. Bowman was originally named the ninth General Manager in Blackhawks history on July 14, 2009, after serving for eight years in the Blackhawks Hockey Operations department.
Bowman led the Blackhawks to their fourth and fifth Stanley Cup Championships in 2010 and 2013, becoming the first GM to win two titles in the salary cap era. In 2010, Bowman became the youngest GM in National Hockey League history to guide an organization to the championship, as the team ended a 49-year title drought. During his time at the helm of the Hockey Operations department Bowman has secured the Blackhawks’ core talent with long-term contract extensions, rebuilt the club’s prospect depth with multiple acclaimed draft classes and re-signed Head Coach Joel Quenneville to a contract extension.
Stan and his father, Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations Scotty Bowman, are part of an elite group, becoming just the 10th father-son GM tandem in the history of the National Hockey League, and just the fourth pair to have each of their names inscribed on the Stanley Cup.
Bowman originally joined the Blackhawks in 2000 and served for four seasons as Special Assistant to the General Manager before being promoted to Director of Hockey Operations, a role he served in for two years (2005-07). In his most recent role as Assistant General Manager, Bowman attended to the day-to-day administration of the Blackhawks Hockey Operations Department, including all CBA-related matters, such as contract negotiations, free agency, salary arbitration and player movement and assignment. He also tracked the progress of the Blackhawks prospects by working closely with the staff of the club’s minor league affiliate in Rockford while assisting with player evaluation, prospect development and professional and amateur scouting.
Bowman played an integral role in acquiring the talent that brought the Stanley Cup to Chicago in 2010. Following the championship run, Bowman was named to Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” Class of 2010. The prestigious announcement is given out to 40 business executives under the age of 40 in the city of Chicago each year and recognizes the tremendous accomplishments of the individuals chosen. Bowman graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 with degrees in finance and computer applications. When he arrived at the Blackhawks in 2000, Bowman worked extensively on financial budgets and developed programs to track player movement and player evaluation. He was born in Montreal, where his father was coaching at the time.
Bowman and his wife Suzanne have two sons, Will and Camden, and a daughter, Graycen.
Pediatric Oncologist at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital
Jason Canner has joined the Imerman Angels Board of Directors in April, 2009. His addition will provide insight about medical outreach and bring an oncology background to the group.
Dr. Canner, was born and raised in Michigan, and was brought to Chicago in 1998 to pursue his medical career. Following pediatric residency, he moved to Columbus, Ohio to complete a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. He and his wife, Janie, recently settled back in the Chicago area. Dr. Canner is a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, IL and has quickly become involved in both hospital and local outreach projects. His passion for kids, their families and the support that they deserve will complement our mission.
Dr. Canner was involved with the development of a sibling support program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and worked with the Columbus Blue Jacket’s Foundation ‘Hats for Heroes’ program to benefit children with cancer. In Chicago, he has become involved with Make-A-Wish, Imerman Angels and is busy at home with his first baby, Max.
Founder, Chairman & President of Go Health
Brandon Cruz is the co-founder and President of GoHealth, the nation's most comprehensive online portal for health insurance. Brandon has 12 years of experience as a leader in the technology industry, and is the visionary behind the applications that have transformed the technology landscape for health insurance. In 2001, Brandon co-founded GoHealth – initially as Norvax, Inc. – which quickly set the standard for changing the healthcare industry through a variety of innovative applications that are used by over 135 insurance carriers, thousands of insurance agencies, and millions of consumers each month. Today, as President of GoHealth, Brandon is recognized throughout the industry as an influential thought leader, and regularly speaks on the topics of technology, healthcare, and business operations. Prior to founding GoHealth, Brandon worked as a systems analyst at Lante Corp. in Chicago. He graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a B.S. in Management Information Systems.
Regional Account Executive NetApp
Justin has spent most of his career introducing innovative, high technology products to healthcare providers. After completing his MBA at Northwestern University while working for GE Healthcare, he joined Sg2, a healthcare strategy consulting firm near Chicago. Later, he joined Intuitive Surgical where he led a sales team that helped surgeons, OR staff and hospital executives develop robotic surgery programs for urologic, gynecologic, thoracic and general surgery applications. Currently he works for NetApp in healthcare IT where he partners with various hardware and application providers to help hospitals and patients use critical data and drive better clinical results. Justin has lost a grandmother and uncle to cancer and is committed to the Imerman Angels mission. He and his wife Vesna live in Chicago and welcomed their son Christian in 2012.
Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President, Discover Financial Service
Executive Director, Pharmacy Service at Walgreens
Nimesh Jhaveri is the executive director of pharmacy and healthcare experience of Walgreens headquartered in Deerfield, Ill.
Jhaveri joined Walgreens as a pharmacy technician in 1990. After becoming a pharmacist, he managed several New Jersey stores’ pharmacy operations before being promoted to district pharmacy supervisor for New York drugstores. He was promoted to regional director of pharmacy operations for the eastern division in 2000.
In 2003, he was named director of pharmacy systems operations and led the design of pharmacy systems and technology. Jhaveri was promoted to director of pharmacy operations optimization in 2006. He has advanced through company ranks, holding additional positions in corporate strategy, health and wellness, and human resources. He was featured as one of the “Champions of Pharmacy” in Drug Topics’sMay 2012 cover story.
Jhaveri earned an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Rutgers University and graduated as a Rutgers Scholar. He also received an MBA in organizational behavior from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and graduated as a Hotchkiss Scholar.
He serves on the board of trustees for Rutgers University, the Dean’s Leadership Council for Rutgers University College of Pharmacy. Jhaveri is the holder of four federal patents in pharmacy technology and methodology for inter-store workload balancing and six additional patents pending for pharmacy practice and design.
Managing Director at Forty Four Asset Management & COO of Hard Eight Trading
Stephen Lee is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer for Forty4 Asset Management, a multi-strategy hedge fund, and Chief Operating Officer for Hard Eight Holdings, a proprietary trading firm, where he manages all day to day operations of both firms.
Mr. Lee started his career as a cost management consultant for Ernst and Young. He then transitioned to Armstrong Laing Group, a financial analytics software firm that was eventually acquired by SAP Business Objects. After receiving his M.B.A., he joined Brunswick Corporation, a global recreational products firm, where he managed various roles in strategic planning, M&A, operations and marketing for a new high-tech growth division of Brunswick. He subsequently joined Stax Inc., a boutique strategy consulting firm, focusing on advising private equity and financial services clients on M&A and strategic planning projects. Mr. Lee received his B.B.A. in Accounting and Information Systems from Emory University and an M.B.A from Duke University.
Founder & CEO of Protein Bar
Matt Matros, founder of Protein Bar (www.theproteinbar.com), created the go-to destination for individuals seeking quick and delicious menu options they need to live a healthy, active lifestyle. He developed his concept after practicing a high-protein diet himself that resulted in a 60-lb weight loss. After spending three and a half years in brand management for Kraft Foods, Matt decided to venture out on his own, applying his own personal health achievements and food industry expertise to this original business concept. From experience, he knows that a high-protein and active lifestyle can dramatically affect a person’s health and weight, and he hopes to help people achieve their lifestyle goals with Protein Bar.
Protein Bar currently has 9 locations open – 7 in Chicagoland and 2 in Washington D.C. – with another 6 under construction or in development set to open by the end of 2013.
Prior to Kraft Foods, Matt was a Boston-based consultant for East Coast health-club chain Town Sports International and was an Associate Sports Agent for Beverly Hills Sports Council, baseball’s leading sports agency. In 2008 while working at Kraft, Matt liquidated his entire life savings to launch Protein Bar.
Matt is on the Associate Board of Common Threads, which aims to educate children of diversity, nutrition and physical well-being through fundraising and sponsorship development. Matt has a passion for food, fitness and helping young aspiring entrepreneurs.
Matt was the inaugural recipient of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award in 2012 and was named to Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” class of 2012.
Matt completed his MBA the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in 2005 and holds a BA degree from the University of Southern California.
Chairman & Co-Founder
Mr. May co-founded Imerman Angels with Jonny Imerman and has been Chairman of the Board since its inception. Inspired to make sure no one fights cancer alone, John's primary role is developing Imerman Angels strategic plan while making sure its program and operations support its mission on a daily basis. Mr. May serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Group Dekko, a portfolio company of The Blackstone Group (NYSE - BX). Group Dekko is the preferred provider of innovative, custom-engineered solutions to OEM’s in the Office Furniture, Appliance, Architectural Lighting, Transportation & Industrial and Medical markets. Group Dekko employs 1,500 people across 10 locations in the U.S. and Mexico with manufacturing partners in Asia.
Prior to that he was CEO of Heat Transfer Products Group, the 2nd largest commercial refrigeration products manufacturer in North America. He was also President & CEO of Aluminum Shapes and Delair Group LLC, a $400+ million leading aluminum products manufacturer and President of Kidron, Inc.; the world’s leading manufacturer of specialty refrigerated vehicles. John attended East Carolina University and received a Bachelor of Business Administration with honors. He is also active in Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the world's largest global network of approximately 20,000 business leaders in 123 countries.
Founder and Managing Partner of KMG Private Wealth Management and KMG Accounting
Ryan W. McCain joined the Imerman Angels Board of Directors in 2012 bringing his sales and financial expertise to the organization.
Mr. McCain is the founder and Managing Partner of KMG Private Wealth Management and KMG Accounting in Skokie, Illinois. Mr. McCain is a Certified Financial Planner™ who manages assets for high net worth individuals, families, and small businesses. KMG has been recognized as a member of the Chairman's Club by LPL Financial for top production. McCain was formerly a financial advisor and Vice President of Investments at LaSalle Financial Services/ABN AMRO where he was a six time President's Council recipient, an award bestowed on the top 10 percent of Advisers.
Mr. McCain is a member of the Imerman Angels Corporate Development team. As a testicular cancer survivor, he is an active Mentor Angel. He has also served on the Board of Acquirent, a top outsourcing vendor and is a member of the St. Mary's Men's Circle in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Ryan is Ohio State University graduate with a B.S. in Family Financial Management. While at OSU, he played rugby and although he has retired his rugby skills, Ryan still enjoys playing club hockey.
Mr. McCain is married to Kristin McCain and together, they stay quite busy raising their three young children.
Founder and CEO of Healthbox
Nina Nashif is Founder and CEO of Healthbox, a business accelerator created to support early stage entrepreneurs and stimulate innovation in the healthcareindustry. Nina is best known for her expertise in creating entrepreneurial ventures and leading high performing teams to achieve results. Her background includes more than fifteen years of global business experience within very different organizational settings. She has worked with both the public and private in more than ten countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Nina received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐ Champaign and her Master of Science in Health Administration from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Nina is a well‐known thought leader and a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the world. She has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and by Crain’s Chicago Business as a 40 Under 40.
Associate Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development at the University of Illinois
Caralynn Nowinski Chenoweth joined the Imerman Angels Board of Directors in 2012. Her previous volunteer work with Imerman Angels includes service on the Major Gifts Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, and as a member of Team Imerman Angels.
Dr. Nowinski Chenoweth is the Associate Vice President for Innovation & Economic Development at the University of Illinois. As a former entrepreneur, physician and venture capitalist, she offers a unique perspective to the University’s efforts to foster innovation and stimulate the Illinois economy. Previously, Caralynn was a Senior Vice President of Sikich Investment Banking and a Principal with early-stage venture capital firms ARCH Development Partners and Midwest Venture Partners. As a graduate student, she co-founded SanoGene Therapeutics, a biotech startup in oncology. Among her honors, Caralynn is a Governor-appointed member of the Illinois Innovation Council and was named to the Crain’s Chicago Business 2008 “Forty Under Forty” List. She received M.D. and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated with honors (B.S.) from Northwestern University.
Vice-Chairman of Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Northern Indiana
Dr. Greg Roslund has served as a member of the Imerman Angels Board of Directors since the organization’s inception. He served as Chairman of the Outreach Committee from January 2007 until April 2008. He also played an instrumental role in the 2009 Strategic Planning Initiative.
Dr. Roslund is the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, a large multi-hospital healthcare system headquartered in Northern Indiana. He is board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. A native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Dr. Roslund received his B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1998 and his M.D. from Loyola University – Stritch School of Medicine in 2003. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois, in 2006 after serving as chief resident during his final year.
Dr. Roslund received the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Best Resident Presentation Award in 2006 and the American Medical Association Foundation Excellence in Medicine Award in 2008. In addition to his clinical work, he currently serves as the Preceptor for the Emergency Medicine elective at the Indiana University School of Medicine–SB on the campus of Notre Dame.
Founder and Managing Member at Consolidated Trading LLC
Founder and CEO kCura
Andrew Sieja founded kCura as a software consultancy in February 2001. As president and CEO, he has since transformed kCura into a fast-growing software company that builds flexible, scalable, and easy-to-use ediscovery solutions for the legal community. kCura’s platform, Relativity, has more than 75,000 end users from organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice and 95 of the top 100 law firms in the United States.
A developer by trade, Andrew previously worked as a programmer at Siemens and Lante, Inc. As CEO, Andrew has five key goals for kCura: offer a great product, provide relentless customer support, ensure team members love their jobs, positively impact the community, and grow to be a great software company.
CEO of Hegele Logistics LLC
Since 2006, ChristophSitzer has been serving as the CEO of Hegele Logistic, a leading logistics service provider for high tech products, especially medical equipment, in Wood Dale, IL.
Prior to his role at Hegele Logistic, Mr. Sitzer has held several global leadership positions at Hangartner AG, Railion Deutschland AG, as well as DB Cargo AG, all of which are subsidiaries of Deutsche Bahn AG.
Upon completion of his apprenticeship at WestdeutscheLandesbank (WestLB), Mr. Sitzer earned a Master’s degree in business administration specializing in Finance and Marketing from WestfaelischeWilhelmsuniversitaet Muenster, Germany.
Retired Managing Partner at Third Millennium
Noel Smith joined IA in May 2013.
Mr. Smith was a founding member and Managing Partner of Third Millennium Trading L.L.C. In Chicago Illinois. He joined TMT at Chicago Board Options Exchange in 1996. TMT is a privately funded proprietary stock, futures and options trading frim. Using proprietary trading models TMT grew from a small trading pit based firm to an industry standout with offices in New York and Chicago. Mr. Smith managed the main firm options, futures and stock portfolio and was in charge of growing the firm from 4 to over 60 employees at the firm’s height. TMT also functioned as venture capital for other very successful ventures.
Mr. Smith graduated with a B.S. In Biochemistry from the University of Illinois Urban-Champaign. At University, Mr. Smith played men’s club Ice Hockey, he studied Neuroscience at Beckman Institute and was a volunteer at Carle and Condell hospitals, working in the E.R. and surgical ward. Later, living in Los Angeles he also attended UCLA, completing the post graduate program in Film and Television Production. Mr. Smith is an auto enthusiast and raced competitively in the SCCA formula Mazda series (retired). Mr. Smith is a avid guitar player since 1983. Mr. Smith is also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.
Noel and his wife Erin are enthusiastic snowboarders and enjoy traveling. The Smith’s live in Chicago’s Old Town with daughter.
Managing Partner at Bengal Capital
Sanjay is a co-founder of Bengal Capital Trading LLC., a Chicago-based fund focused on volatility trading in the world of exchange listed options and futures. Prior to Bengal, Sanjay was a trader with Ronin Capital and Peak 6 Investments. Outside of trading Sanjay has a passion for sports and education-based charities. Sanjay graduated with an Economics Degree from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
Managing Partner at Bengal Capital
Vinay is co-founder and member of Bengal Capital Trading LLC, a derivatives trading firm based in Chicago with a focus listed equity options. Previously worked in NYC at long/short equity hedge fund Midtown Capital and at M&A investment bank Peter J Solomon Company.Vinay is also involved in several local startups as well as seeding new hedge fund managers. Vinay graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering and a BA in Economics.
Chairman & CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy and Managing Partner of Chicago High Tech Inv
Howard A. Tullman is an American serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, educator, writer, lecturer and art collector.
Howard currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy (tfa.edu) and the General Managing Partner of HYDR>BOX, LLC and the Chicago High Tech Investors, LLC.
He was formerly the Chairman of the Board of The Princeton Review (NYC) and The Cobalt Group (Seattle).
He is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and serves on Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils and Illinois Governor Quinn’s Innovation and Arts Councils as well as Cook County President Preckwinkle’s New Media Council. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of The Starter League, Built in Chicago, Hightower Advisors and several other start-ups.
Howard’s entrepreneurial career spans four decades and a broad range of industries. He has started 12 companies, including Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, CCC Information Services, Original Research II, Tunes.com, the Rolling Stone Network, Imagination Pilots and Experiencia. In addition, he has been hired to manage and has served as CEO in several large-scale and highly-successful turnarounds including COIN Management Systems (Atlanta), Xceed, Inc. (NYC) and Kendall College in Evanston, Illinois.
Director, UBS Private Funds Group
Partner at LanerMuchin Ltd
After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1964 and serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Weiner has been primarily engaged in federal and state employment litigation. He has successfully defended both private and public employers against claims of disability, age, race, sex, first amendment and political discrimination, and sexual harassment and retaliation claims.
Mr. Weiner also has participated in over 200 appeals before both the Illinois Appellate Courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
In addition, Mr. Weiner has been an American Arbitration Association Arbitrator (Labor Panel) since 1971, and has participated as an advocate or arbitrator in over 100 arbitrations.
Mr. Weiner has engaged in proceedings before the NLRB, ILRB, IELRB, the U.S. and Illinois Departments of Labor, wage/hour cases, EEOC, IDHR and HRC proceedings, sexual and other alleged harassment investigations, fraud and theft investigations, employee discipline and terminations, mediations, collective bargaining, grievance and interest arbitrations, and working with clients who prefer to minimize union organization.
Mr. Weiner authored “Arbitration-Practice and Procedure” for the Illinois State Bar Association Journal; “Teacher Rights and Responsibilities” for School Law; and co-authored “Legal Arguments with Respect to Drug Testing of Public Employees: Who Has What Leg to Stand On” for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Employment Terminations and Issues in the Workplace. Mr. Weiner has served as a Hearing Officer for the Illinois Pollution Control Board as well as the Health and Hospitals Governing Commission. He served as the Illinois State Bar Association’s Chair of the Education Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Councils, and as an elected member of its Assembly. He is presently on the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluation. Mr. Weiner is a member of the Chicago, Seventh Circuit, Illinois Appellate Lawyers (currently an elected Director) and Chicago Bar (formerly Vice Chair of the Federal Civil Practice Committee) Associations, as well being a member of the Chicago-Lincoln Inn of Court. He participated in a commemorative reenactment of the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education authorized by the General Assembly of the State of Illinois. He is also a certified Faculty Member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and an Instructor in the Chicago Bar Association's Trial Bar Certification Program. He has a Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Peer Review Rating.
President of AJ Capital Partners
Ben Weprin is the CEO & President of AJ Capital Partners, a dynamic organization of opportunistic hospitality and real estate operators and investors with the collective goals of acquiring, repositioning and developing highly sought-after resorts and hotels in major metropolitan areas and prestigious resort destinations. The company’s mission is to achieve optimal risk-adjusted returns for its investors who are seeking long-term capital investments.
In 2008, Ben founded AJ Capital Partners, which under his stewardship has acquired a portfolio of iconic assets including the famed Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France in the French West Indies, The Raleigh in South Beach, Hotel Lincoln, Sutton Place Hotel Chicago (currently undergoing re-development to become The Thompson Chicago), the 115 year old Chicago Athletic Association, Soho House Chicago, Malliouhana Resort in Anguilla and others. AJ Capital Partners is also the largest independent shareholder in Auberge Resorts, a luxury resort/hotel operating company based in Mill Valley, California. Ben is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Owner of Fleet Feet Sports
Dave Zimmer is the owner and CEO of Chicago’s most popular running stores – the three Fleet Feet Sports locations that have been the highest volume franchise in the national Fleet Feet chain every year since 2000. Under his stewardship, the Fleet Feet Chicago has established a reputation for its customer-first focus and wholehearted commitment to community service. Crain's Chicago Business featured Zimmer on the cover of its edition focusing on local "Masters of Customer Service" in the fall of 2012 and a few weeks later, Formula 4 Media and Competitor Magazine named Fleet Feet one of the “50 Best Running Stores in America” - an honor the store has received every year since the award began in 2006.
Zimmer personifies Fleet Feet Chicago’s motto of “Running Changes Everything” by actively seeking ways to positively impact not just his consumers but the community at large. He served as the President of the Mayor’s Fitness Council of the City of Chicago, is on the board of a local charity (Imerman’s Angels), founded the Chicago Triathlon Club in 1999 and his company sponsors and/or stages over 50 running/fitness events each year that benefit various community groups and charities in need. With his degree in Communications/Radio/TV/Film from Chicago’s Loyola University, Zimmer is a media favorite and has repeatedly been interviewed locally and nationally by major media outlets when they need a voice on running, retail, health or special events management. Zimmer attributes the success of Fleet Feet Sports’ retail and sports management to his enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, their willingness to find ways to connect with consumers and sponsors while developing a sense of community beyond the few minutes someone spends making a purchase at his stores. Zimmer is married to a fellow runner, Lisa, who helped him build his Fleet Feet business, and has a son and a daughter who are well-known by the running community.