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The longest-serving mayor in Chicago’s history, Richard M. Daley has earned an international reputation as a leading innovator in urban development, fiscal policy and government stewardship. As mayor, Mr. Daley enhanced Chicago’s quality of life, improved the public school system and infrastructure, strengthened the economy, reduced crime, improved transportation and made Chicago one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world.

Mr. Daley transformed the Chicago economy by bringing cutting-edge businesses to the city. During his 22-year tenure as mayor, Chicago became a prominent player in the 21st century global economy, now ranking among the top economic centers and most influential cities worldwide. Mr. Daley pioneered a model of successful public-private partnerships that established Chicago as the benchmark for long-term sustainable urban growth and development. These partnerships, such as the city’s privatization of its Chicago Skyway, allowed Chicago to improve the state of its infrastructure and preserve much-needed social programs while other cities were forced to make concessions.

Throughout his career, Mr. Daley has maintained a commitment to unifying mayors across the United States and the world to tackle the challenges confronting cities. He served as the 54th president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, organized the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative in 2003 for the restoration of the Great Lakes and founded and chaired the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus for the Chicagoland region. Mr. Daley also made Chicago a hub for mayors globally by hosting the Sino-U.S. Mayors Summit in 2007 for municipal leaders of the United States and China, the Mayor’s Hemispheric Forum in 2007 for municipal leaders across the Americas, and the U.S.-Arab Cities Forum in 2008 for municipal leaders throughout the United States, Canada and the Arab world. Mr. Daley continues to speak internationally on the issue of sustainable urban development and work with global leaders on building the cities of tomorrow.

A former state senator and county prosecutor, Mr. Daley was elected mayor in 1989 and re-elected five times before deciding to retire from government in May of 2011. In addition to his role at Tur, he also serves as Of Counsel to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, an international law firm based in Chicago; a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy; a Director on the boards of The Coca-Cola Company and Diamond Resorts International; a member of the International Advisory Board for the Russian Direct Investment Fund; and a senior advisor to JP Morgan Chase, where he chairs the new "Global Cities Initiative," a joint project of JP Morgan Chase and the Brookings Institution to help cities identify and leverage their greatest economic development resources.
 

Mr. Daley has led and completed growth capital, management buyout and distressed investments across multiple sectors, including telecommunications, consumer products, logistics and financial services throughout the United States as well as in Russia and the CIS Region. Mr. Daley also worked in the Investment Banking group of Bear Stearns in New York specializing in Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging. Mr. Daley served in the United States Army and is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. He received a B.A. from the University of Illinois in Champaign–Urbana, an MBA from the University of Chicago and is a CFA charterholder.

Mr. Stisser joins Tur from Point Capital Partners where he was a Managing Director. Point Capital is a veteran-owned merchant and investment banking firm with proprietary venture and private equity funds founded by graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Stisser is a strategic leader with management, marketing and operational experience with 20 plus years in financial services and private equity. His experience includes stints in investment banking with Stephens Inc. and two privately funded holding companies. Mark is a specialist in strategic initiatives, leveraged finance, corporate restructuring and turnarounds. His investment and operational experience includes e-commerce, healthcare, insurance, packaged goods and telecommunications. Currently, Mr. Stisser also serves as a senior advisor to Santé Ventures, the top performing early stage healthcare VC firm in the country. He is also an avid supporter of and advisor to The Jack Kemp Foundation.

Mr. Stisser is very active in his community, helping numerous non-profits and urban youth development programs. A Chicago native, Mr. Stisser now resides in Dallas with wife and children. He holds a BA from Wake Forest University and a MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Mr. Gibbons joins Tur from the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office, where he served as Assistant to the Mayor for Special Projects. During his 12 years in the Mayor’s Office, Dan organized and helped facilitate numerous high-profile projects and events, including the annual Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum, the Academy of Achievement International Summit, the U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Meeting, the U.S.–Arab Cities Forum and the Mayors Hemispheric Forum. In addition to organizing these key events, Dan regularly acted as a liaison for the city to mayors of other cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, numerous corporate and civic leaders, non-profit organizations, and cultural institutions.

Dan currently serves as co-Chair of Navy Pier’s Associates Board, is on the Board of Directors of the Magnificent Mile Association, the New Coast Foundation and the Chicago Fire Department Foundation, the Auxiliary Board of the John G. Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago Ideas Week Co-Op, the Young Leaders Steering Committee of the American Ireland Fund, and the Board of Regents for St. Ignatius College Prep. He is also the Director of Symposia for the Academy of Achievement (www.achievement.org), which brings together world leaders, scholars and achievers in diverse sectors with future leaders from around the globe. Dan also acts as an advisor to the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, the Great Lakes Cities Initiative, and numerous Chicago-based startup companies and non-profit organizations. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette University and is currently pursuing his Executive MBA at the University of Notre Dame.
 
 
   
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Ms. Gade is currently President of Gade Environmental Group, LLC, located in Chicago, Illinois. Gade Environmental Group is an international consulting group providing strategic advice on environmental and energy issues with special emphasis on regulatory problem solving, legislation, and rulemaking at all governmental levels. Ms. Gade is widely respected as a consultant and environmental attorney with more than 30 years of experience in environmental regulation and enforcement including senior management positions in federal and state governments, as well as extensive private sector experience.

From 2006 to 2008, Ms. Gade served as the Regional Administrator of Region 5 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In that role, she oversaw federal environmental programs in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

From 1999 to 2006, Ms. Gade was a partner in the national environmental practice group of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP in Chicago and Washington, DC.

From 1991 to 1999, Ms. Gade served as director of the Illinois EPA under Governor Jim Edgar. While serving in this position, she co-founded the national Environmental Council of States. Other governmental positions held by Ms. Gade include senior management positions within the EPA in key areas such as emergency response, Superfund cleanup, and air quality. At EPA’s headquarters in Washington, she served as deputy assistant administrator of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

Ms. Gade holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law.
 
 

Mr. Helfand is President and CEO of Helix Funds. Formed in 2004, Helix is a full-service real estate investment management business dedicated to providing investors with superior risk adjusted returns through focused, long-term ownership and management of commercial real estate.

Mr. Helfand also serves as Co-President of Equity Group Investments (EGI), where he oversees all aspects of the firm and devotes a substantial amount of his time to the Zell Opportunities Funds. He has worked with Sam Zell for more than 24 years in a variety of capacities.

Previously, Mr. Helfand served as Chief Investment Officer for Equity Office Properties (NYSE:EOP). During his tenure at Equity Office, Mr. Helfand oversaw more than $12 billion of M&A activity, including EOP's mergers with Spieker Properties and Cornerstone Properties.

Prior to joining Equity Office in 1998, Mr. Helfand was a Managing Director of Equity International Properties, a privately-held international real estate investment company.

Prior to joining Equity International, Mr. Helfand was President and Chief Executive Officer of Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE: ELS) where he also served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Audit Committee, until 2004.

Mr. Helfand earned a master's degree from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Helfand serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of National Louis University and is a Director of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Mr. Helfand also serves on the Executive Committee of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at The Wharton School.

Ms. Hobson is president of Ariel Investments. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm offers six no-load mutual funds for individual investors and defined contribution plans as well as separately managed accounts for institutions and high net worth individuals. As president, Ms. Hobson is responsible for firm-wide management and strategic planning, overseeing all operations outside of research and portfolio management. Additionally, she serves as chairman of the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust.

Beyond her work at Ariel, Ms. Hobson has become a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is a regular contributor and analyst on finance, the markets and economic trends for CBS News. She also contributes weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and pens a regular column for Black Enterprise magazine. As a passionate advocate for investor education, she is a spokesperson for the Ariel/Hewitt Study: 401(k) Plans in Living Color and the Ariel Black Investor Survey, both of which examine investing patterns among minorities.

Ms. Hobson is chairman of the board for DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. as well as a director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Groupon, Inc., and Starbucks Corporation. Her community outreach includes serving as chairman of After School Matters, a non-profit that provides Chicago teens with high quality, out-of-school time programs. Furthermore, she is a board member of the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, The Chicago Public Education Fund, The Sundance Institute and is on the board of governors of the Investment Company Institute. Ms. Hobson earned her AB degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. She also received honorary doctorate degrees in humanities from both Howard University and St. Mary’s College.

Professor Kaplan is the Neubauer Family Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he joined the faculty in 1988. Professor Kaplan is also the faculty director of Chicago Booth’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship.

Professor Kaplan is one of the world’s foremost researchers on private equity, venture capital and corporate governance. His papers on LBOs and private equity are the standard references in the field. He has testified to U.S. Senate and U.S. House Committees about his research. His findings and opinions regularly appear in prominent business media. Professor Kaplan is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Kaplan teaches advanced MBA and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate financial management, corporate governance, and wealth management. His course in entrepreneurial finance and private equity is consistently among the most popular in the school. BusinessWeek named him one of the top twelve business school teachers in the country.

Kaplan co-founded the entrepreneurship program at Booth. With his students, he helped start Booth’s business plan competition, the New Venture Challenge, which has spawned over one hundred companies that have raised over $250 million including GrubHub, Braintree and Bump. Professor Kaplan serves on the board of Accretive Health, Columbia Acorn Funds, and Morningstar. He serves on the advisory board of Correlation Ventures and Sandbox Industries. He also serves on the board of the Kauffman Fellows Program (an educational program that trains emerging leaders in venture capital and high-growth companies), the Illinois Venture Capital Association and the Chicago National Association of Corporate Directors.

Professor Kaplan earned his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University. He received his AB, summa cum laude, in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College.

Professor Kaplan and his wife, Carol Rubin, live in Chicago with their two sons.

Mr. Malkin is the Chairman and a director of the JMB Realty Corporation. Mr. Malkin was one of the co-founders of JMB Realty Corporation in the late 1960’s, which was in the business of real estate investment, management and development for both fiduciary accounts and its own account. Since the inception of JMB, Mr. Malkin has served as Chair or Co-Chair of most of the JMB affiliated entities.

During the 1980’s, JMB made several acquisitions of real estate development companies including Arvida (owned by Disney), Alcoa Properties, Cadillac Fairview (a public company) and AMFAC Inc, (a public company).

In 1993, JMB sponsored a REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) called Urban Shopping Centers which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange and which was sold to Rodamco and a group of Dutch pension funds in the year 2000.

Mr. Malkin is a graduate of the University of Illinois and is a CPA. Judd serves on the board of the Holocaust Education Foundation as well as the Chicago Bulls and White Sox and is otherwise active in political and civic affairs. He is one of the Founding Chairmen of the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.
 

Mr. Mullen has been an industrial real estate developer for 37 years. He was a Co-Founder of CenterPoint Properties Trust, which went public in 1993 and was privatized when CalPERS bought the company for $3.5 billion in 2006. Mr. Mullen was the CEO from 2004 to 2011, when he retired and assumed the role of Vice Chairman.

During his career, Mr. Mullen developed or redeveloped over 70 million square feet of buildings. Mr. Mullen was the Chairman of NAIOP in 2007 and accepted the award from Development Magazine on behalf of CenterPoint in 2011 as the Developer of the Year.

Since his retirement Mr. Mullen spends his time serving on the Board of Directors of the national mall company Rouse Properties; as a Board Member and Senior Adviser to IndCor Properties, a Blackstone Group portfolio company which owns approximately 88 million square feet of industrial properties in the US; and as a Board Member and Senior Adviser to CONE, SA. CONE is a Recife, Brazil based developer of port based logistics parks. Additionally, Mr. Mullen serves as the Illinois Chairman of the TriState Alliance and the Board of the Illinois Export Advisory Council focusing on Brazil.
 

Mr. Pin Ni is the President of Wanxiang America Corporation, a wholly owned US subsidiary of Wanxiang Group Company based in Hangzhou, China. Mr. Ni also serves as the Executive Vice President for Wanxiang Group.

Mr. Ni received his Bachelors degree and MBA from Zhejiang University, after which he joined Wanxiang and has been with the company ever since. He has also studied in the PhD program in University of Kentucky’s Department of Economics.