2016 Distinguished Speaker:
About John Rutledge
A hotel-real estate entrepreneur and private equity investor, Mr. Rutledge is the Founder, President and CEO of Oxford Capital Group, LLC, a national real estate private equity, asset management, property management and development firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. He is also the Founder, President and CEO of its primary hotel operating affiliate, Oxford Hotels and Resorts, LLC., which specializes in operating, managing and branding distinctive, high design lifestyle hotels. Its current portfolio includes a growing collection of upscale, upper upscale and luxury lifestyle hospitality brands including Cass, Felix, Bay Harbor, Beach, Godfrey, IO, Essex, LondonHouse, and LH. Oxford’s geographic focus include the nation’s top metropolitan areas including: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, metro Washington D.C., and other select markets with unique attributes including Charleston, SC, New Orleans, LA, and various markets throughout Florida.
Mr. Rutledge co-founded his first company, Oxford Realty Corporation at age 24. He co-founded his second company, Oxford Capital Partners, Inc. during his second year of business school in 1994 while simultaneously completing an extended internship at the Wall Street mergers & acquisitions and merchant banking firm of Wasserstein, Perella & Co. His third company, Oxford Capital Group, LLC, a successor company to Oxford Capital Partners, Inc., was founded during the 2004-2006 timeframe.
Oxford Capital was initially founded as a platform to take advantage of what he and a partner felt was a compelling secular arbitrage opportunity resulting from the dramatic overbuilding in the nation's property markets, particularly the lodging sector, in the early to mid-1990's. Since that time, in three major contrarian buying waves, starting during the RTC crisis in the early 90's, again after the dotcom bubble burst / September 11 and after the “Great Recession” of 2008/2009, Oxford, its affiliates and principals have successfully sponsored, co-sponsored and/or participated in the investment, acquisition and/or development of approximately $2.5 billion of primarily hotel real estate across approximately 13,000 hotel rooms including approximately 5,000 employees generating profits of nearly $1 billion dollars for its investors.
About the Plesko Award
The E.J. Plesko Award is part of the E.J. Plesko Distinguished Speaker Series, which features speakers who embody the “Wisconsin Tradition” in their spirit, imagination, entrepreneurial skills and enthusiasm for improving the quality of the built environment. The E.J. Plesko Distinguished Speaker Series was created to bring the considerable real-world development expertise of alumni and board members to all University of Wisconsin real estate students. It was funded in 2007 by a gift from the late E.J. Plesko, former Graaskamp board member, who was the founder and past president of E.J. Plesko & Associates, Inc.
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