The Private Investments Team
Penny S. Pritzker
Founder and Chairman
Ms. Pritzker is the founder and Chairman of PSP Capital Partners and its affiliate, Pritzker Realty Group. From June 2013 through January 2017, she served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration.
Ms. Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist, with more than twenty-five years of experience in numerous industries. She founded Vi Senior Living (formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt), and co-founded The Parking Spot and Artemis Real Estate Partners. Ms. Pritzker is the former chairman of the board of TransUnion and is a past board member of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, Marmon Group, and LaSalle Bank Corporation.
Ms. Pritzker was a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, the board of trustees of Stanford University, the Harvard University Board of Overseers, the Economic Club of Chicago, and Skills for America’s Future. She also served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and his Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Ms. Pritzker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor and Masters of Business Administration from Stanford University.
John Kevin Poorman
President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Poorman is PSP Capital Partner’s President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the investment committee. Mr. Poorman is responsible for implementing and overseeing the company's strategic direction. Mr. Poorman is also CEO and General Counsel of Pritzker Realty Group, President of Horton Trust Company, and Executive Chairman of Vi Senior Living (formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt). Mr. Poorman joined Hyatt Hotels in 1988, and from 1988 to 2011, he was employed by and served as an officer, advisor, and director of many companies and businesses owned by interests of the extended Pritzker family, including Pritzker Realty Group, L.P., The Parking Spot, Centergate Residential, Classic Residence by Hyatt, Hawthorn Suites Hotel Company, and other companies. Prior to joining Hyatt Hotels Corporation in 1988, Mr. Poorman was a partner at the Dallas, Texas based law firm of Johnson & Swanson, which he joined after law school graduation in 1977. Mr. Poorman also served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Loyola University of New Orleans from June 2010 to June 2014 and currently serves as the President and Member of the Board of Directors for The Barack Obama Foundation and as a Director of The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Inc. Mr. Poorman received his Bachelor of Science (Botany) degree in 1974 and Juris Doctor degree in 1977 from the University of Oklahoma, graduating law school with highest honors.
Troy Noard is the Managing Director of the Private Investments group of PSP Capital Partners and a member of the investment committee. Previously Mr. Noard spent 13 years and was a partner at Frontenac Company, where he executed acquisitions of, and investments in, private companies in a range of industries. Prior to Frontenac, Mr. Noard worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Noard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He currently serves on the DePauw University McDermond Center Advisory Board, is a national Trustee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and serves on the board of the Cancer Research Foundation.
Ronald D. Wray
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Wray is PSP Capital Partner’s Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer and a member of the investment committee. Mr. Wray is also President of Pritzker Family Office and is responsible for overall financial investment oversight, treasury, risk management, tax planning & compliance, legal administration and financial reporting. Mr. Wray has been working for the Pritzker Family since 1990 with the exception of four years when he was a Principal at Glencoe Capital, LLC, a private equity firm where he served as Chief Operating Officer and was a member of the investment committee. Mr. Wray earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, summa cum laude, from Northern Illinois University, a Master of Science in Taxation with high distinction from DePaul University and a Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent College of Law. Mr. Wray is a CPA and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Michael Oleshansky is a Managing Director in the Private Investments Group of PSP. Previously Mr. Oleshansky was a director at Industrial Opportunity Partners (IOP), where he spent nearly six years leading various facets of investment execution and portfolio management activities as part of an investment strategy targeting manufacturing and distribution companies. Prior to joining IOP, Mr. Oleshansky spent three years with Equity Group Investments, LLC (EGI), a private investment firm owned and led by Samuel Zell. Prior to EGI, Mr. Oleshansky worked as an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of Merrill Lynch & Co., where he focused on mid- and large-cap industrial companies.
Mr. Oleshansky earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He currently serves on the Finance Advisory Board of the Miami University Farmer School of Business.
Angela Damazyn is a Vice President in the Private Investments group of PSP. Prior to joining PSP, Ms. Damazyn spent four years as an investment banking analyst and associate in the Leveraged Finance group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she was involved in a variety of debt capital raising transactions including leveraged buyouts, corporate to corporate acquisitions and restructurings across multiple industry sectors. Ms. Damazyn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, with a minor in International Studies, from Wake Forest University.
Peter Berghoff is a Senior Associate in the Private Investments group of PSP. Previously, Mr. Berghoff spent two years as an investment banking analyst in the Business Services group at Robert W. Baird & Company, where he was involved in a variety of M&A and equity transactions. Mr. Berghoff earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Accounting from Indiana University.