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Officers

Peter Dunne


MetroSquash Chairman - Partner, Tri-State Capital

Peter is a partner of Tri-State Capital, a proprietary trading firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. He currently serves as the Chairman of MetroSquash and was President of the Chicago Racquet Club between 2003 and 2005, where he is still an active member. Peter is President of the United States Jesters Club and lives with his family in Lake Forest, IL where he is a member of the Board of Governors of Onwentsia Club.

Brian L. Sedlak

MetroSquash Vice-Chairman - Partner, Jones Day

Brian Sedlak oversees Jones Day’s corporate real estate services practice and is co-chair of the firm's global infrastructure practice. He represents Fortune 500 companies, large U.S. developers, and real estate funds with their real estate portfolios and investments. Brian is also an Illinois Certified Public Accountant and is on the Dean’s Advisory Board at Northeastern Illinois University. He is an avid but struggling squash player.

John S. Jennings

MetroSquash Treasurer -Chief Financial Officer, Optimal Blue
John is Chief Financial Officer at Optimal Blue, a leading software provider in the financial sector. He has previously held CFO positions at software and services firms including Kaufman Hall & Associates, SAP Fieldglass, and The Merchandise Mart. John has held senior management positions at publicly held and private companies for more than 25 years in the Chicago and Boston area. John is volunteer CFO for the nonprofit organization Top Box Foods, and is active in nonprofit and civic organizations throughout the Chicago region.

Thomas R. Demery


MetroSquash Secretary - Vice President, Evanston Capital Management LLC

Tom is responsible for marketing, business development and client service at Evanston Capital Management, LLC. Previously, Tom served as Principal of Fox River Partners, Stairway Partners and Vice President and Regional Marketing Director at Putnam Investments. Tom has an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a BA from Hobart College where he played varsity lacrosse. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and is a Director at The Brinson Foundation.

David Kay


MetroSquash Executive Director

David is the Executive Director of MetroSquash and moved to Chicago in 2005 to help launch the program. Previously, David coached the men’s squash team at the University of Rochester. He was the head squash professional at the Union Club of New York and a top ranked player on the professional doubles tour. A native of Canada, David played competitive junior squash and attended Princeton University where he was an All-American and member of the 1993 National Championship team.

Board Members

Nicholas W. Alexos

Managing Director, Madison Dearborn Partners
Nick is a Managing Director on the MDP Health Care team. Prior to co-founding MDP, Mr. Alexos was with First Chicago Venture Capital for four years. Previously, he was with The First National Bank of Chicago. Mr. Alexos currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Ikaria, Inc., Sage Products, LLC and VWR International, Inc. He is also involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago and MetroSquash as a Trustee, the Children’s Inner City Educational Fund, and the University of Chicago Booth School Business Council.

Stephen P. Ban

Managing Director, Nuveen Asset Management
Stephen P. Ban is a Managing Director at Nuveen Asset Management, a global investment manager of fixed income, equities, real assets, and asset allocation and quantitative strategies with over $120 billion under management as of 12/31/2014. Nuveen Asset Management is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nuveen Investments, Inc. He holds an A.B. in Economics from Princeton University. He is a largely retired competitive singles and doubles squash player. Stephen also serves on the boards of Open Books, the USA Triathlon Foundation, and the Princeton Club of Chicago.

Jay Beidler

Senior Vice President, ICAP

Jay is a member of ICAP’s Global Research Team and is responsible for economic analysis and strategy. He assists with the implementation of ICAP’s proprietary models and also assists the Investment Committee in the analysis of stocks in the Basic Industries sector. Before joining ICAP, Jay was employed with Congaree River Limited Partnership as an Investment Analyst and with Liberty Mutual as an Associate Consultant. He earned an AB from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is a CFA charterholder. Jay has been with the firm since 2008 and in the industry since 2005.

Henry Bienen

President, Northwestern University
Henry Bienen is an American academic administrator and former president of Northwestern University. He was elected president on June 13, 1994 and took office on January 1, 1995. He announced his retirement effective August 31, 2009. He has since taken a position with Rasmussen College as Vice Chairman effective September 1st, 2009.

John C. Connery, II


Managing Director, Head of Midwest Markets, JPMorgan Chase

Jack Connery is managing Director and Head of Midwest Markets. Jack is responsible for managing the firms Institutional Fixed Income and Equity sales activities in the Midwest including sales professionals covering all products and client types. Jack is the senior markets relationship manager for key Miwdest accounts, which include asset managers, banks, hedge funds, and insurance companies. Jack is a native of Illinois and an 18-year veteran of JPMorgan Chase. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Southern California; is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics; and holds his MBA in business from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Jack is also on the Board of Directors of The Chicago Botanic Gardens and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Paul M. Cussen


Past Chairman - Vice President, National Bureau of Property Administration

Paul manages the real estate department for the National Bureau of Property Administration, a consulting firm handling property tax issues for manufacturing companies with facilities located in the United States. He became interested in squash through the Lakeshore Athletic Club shortly after moving to Chicago in 1993.

Neeta Demeulenaere

Neeta has over 15 years of experience in finance specializing in debt and equity private placements. She is currently an active volunteer at Latin School of Chicago, emeritus member of the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago and a mentor at St. Bruno School. Neeta supports various squash programs in the country including Squash Busters in Lawrence, MA. and squash teams at Trinity College, Brown University, and Philips Academy, Andover. Neeta has an undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from Babson College.

James Dodson


Past Chairman - CEO, Akili Audio
James is CEO of Akili Audio, publisher & distributor of audio books and Principal of Youth Media & Services, where he provides advertising sales and marketing support to community and youth oriented media. Dodson has managed Sales & Marketing at Knight Ridder Inc., Herald Newspapers, and Third World Press. He is the founding director of the Black College Communication Association launched on behalf of the schools of journalism at historically black colleges and the Freedom Forum. He is a trustee of The Ancona School and lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Daniel D. Dolan, Jr.


Founder, Dolan McEniry Capital Management (DMC)

Dan founded DMC, a fixed income value investor with a specialty in corporate bonds, in 1997 following a sixteen-year career in the financial services industry. Dan focuses on portfolio management, security selection, new business development and is responsible for the overall administrative management of the firm. Dan serves as a member of the board of trustees of Lake Forest College and the board of directors for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Dan chairs the investment committee for both the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and for Lake Forest College. He recently co-chaired a $100 million capital campaign for Lake Forest College. Dan received a B.A. from Lake Forest College in 1980.

G. Stephen Fletcher, Jr. (a.k.a. Fletch)

Managing Director, Inlight Capital, LLC
Mr. Fletcher formed Inlight Capital, LLC to implement a proprietary, algorithmic equity- trading platform that contemplates broad market direction and selection of specific securities. Prior to starting Inlight Capital, Mr. Fletcher was an independent financial consultant to hospital systems, large physician practices and other ancillary service providers through his firm, HealthStrat Capital Advisors, LLC. In addition to his professional pursuits, Fletch is an avid squash player and actively promotes the sport in and around Chicago. During the season he organizes early morning games amongst fellow enthusiasts and co-hosts a variety of squash-related tournaments and social functions. Fletch holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, and is a level III candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst program (CFA).

Sally Frese

Sally was born and raised in Rhode Island and attended Wellesley College where she received a BA in Political Science. She and her husband Cal have three children and have lived in the Chicago area since 1998.

Randolph P. Frieser

President and Founder, Revolution Training Centers
Randy, a practicing therapist, is the founder and president of Revolution Training Centers, which uses a team based approach of professionals educated in the sciences of nutrition, exercise physiology, motivation management, fitness, physical therapy and diagnostic testing designed to empower clients to achieve measurable, lasting results. Randy was the President and Founder of Accelerated Rehab, and has worked for 27 years as a physical therapist. Randy graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1985 and State University of New York - Cortland, Bachelor of Science Special Education/Physical Education. Randy served two years in the Peace Corps in Bogotá, Columbia in 1978-1979.

Adam Gerchen

President, Burford Capital
Adam Gerchen is President of Burford Capital, a global finance firm focused on law. Prior to its acquisition by Burford in 2016, Adam co-founded and was CEO of Gerchen Keller Capital, LLC, an investment and advisory firm focused on legal and regulatory risk. Before co-founding GKC, he was a Portfolio Manager at Alyeska Investment Group, a Chicago-based market neutral hedge fund, where he specialized in risk arbitrage and event driven investing. He has also worked as an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Company in the Industrials and Natural Resources Groups, focusing primarily on the transportation, metals and mining, paper and forest products, and regulated power industries. Adam graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Brown University and Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Association of Law and Business.

Doug Grissom


Managing Director, Madison Dearborn Partners

Doug Grissom is a Managing Director on the MDP Telecom, Media & Technology Services team. Prior to joining MDP, Mr. Grissom was with Bain Capital, Inc. in private equity, McKinsey & Company, Inc., and Goldman, Sachs & Co. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Asurion Corporation, Cbeyond, Inc., Fieldglass, Inc., Children's Inner City Educational Fund, City Year of Chicago and MetroSquash. In addition, he was formerly on the Boards of Directors of @stake, Inc., Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Corporation, Intelsat Holdings, Ltd., and Neoworld Holdings, LLC.

Willard Hunter


WMH Group LLC

Bill is the President of Signature Card LLC a leading provider of plastic cards for the credit, gift and loyalty card industries. Signature provides custom plastic card solutions for the retailer, promotional and card processing industry throughout North America. He is principal of WMH Group LLC a lower middle market private equity firm with operating experience in niche Manufacturing, Business to Business Services and Specialized Packaging. Bill serves as Chair for the Development Committee for "I Have a Dream" Foundation in North Chicago, IL and is a Board Member for Northwestern Hospital Foundation, Lake Forest Open Lands and Hunter Family Foundation.

Khurram Hussain


KOS Services, LLC


Wade W. Judge

International Director, Chief Investment Officer, LaSalle Investment Management
Wade is Chief Investment officer of the North American business for LaSalle Investment Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle. In this role, he serves as the Chairman of LaSalle's Investment Committee. Prior to joining LaSalle in 1992, he worked for the Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle and was a senior officer in the firm’s Development Group. Wade attended Dartmouth College and Stanford Business School. At Dartmouth, he was captain of the varsity squash team and played #1 and #2 his senior year.

Russell Kohn


Research Analyst, Ariel Investments

Russell Kohn is a research analyst with Ariel Investments, an equity investment firm with a long-term, patient investing philosophy. Russell has a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Richard B. Lazar, MD, FAAN, FAAPMR

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital
Richard B. Lazar, MD is a neurologist at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, with the focus of his care being dedicated to the surrounding medically under-served communities. Dr. Lazar has served on the faculties of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, a Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern University and postgraduate medical training at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Andy McAfee


Vice President, Group Creative Director, AbelsonTaylor

Andy manages consumer and health care professional advertising for AbelsonTaylor, the largest independent pharmaceutical, biotechnology and health and wellness advertising agency in the world. Prior to AbelsonTaylor, Andy was a vice president at Leo Burnett, a large, chicago-based consumer products ad agency. Andy holds both national and world doubles titles and played varsity squash at Yale University..

Jacqueline E. Moss


Past Chairwoman - Portfolio Manager, William Blair & Company

Jackie is a Portfolio Manager at William Blair & Company. Prior to working at William Blair, Jackie worked for J.P. Morgan's Private Wealth Management group where she was an investment specialist. She is a graduate of Northwestern's J.L. Kellogg School of Management and received her Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and serves on the finance committee for US Squash. Jackie played on the varsity squash team at Princeton University and was captain her senior year.

Fredrik Nielsen


Principal, FDK Trading

Fredrik is the principal of FDK Trading, a financial futures and equity trading firm. Fredrik is originally from Sweden and has lived in Chicago since 1988. He has had a passion for squash since 1996.

Abdur Nimeri


Senior Vice President, Northern Trust

Abdur Nimeri Khalafalla is a Senior Vice President at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. Abdur is a Senior Investment Strategist in the Exchange Traded Funds Group (FlexShares products) of Northern Trust Asset Management. Prior to being named Investment Strategist for ETFs, Abdur served as a Senior Research Analyst in the Portfolio Research Group in Northern Trust Wealth Management. Abdur has a M.S. in Financial Mathematics from University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from The Ohio State University.

Rudolph Nimocks

Director of Community Partnerships, University of Chicago
Rudy is Director of University of Chicago Community Partnerships where he is a leader in the University's efforts to help grassroots groups revitalize neighboring communities. He is a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, where he achieved the rank of deputy superintendent, and was the chief of University of Chicago Police Department for decades. Rudy serves as a board member of the New Communities program in Woodlawn. He is also a board member of the Woodlawn Children's Promise Community Organization. In addition, Rudy serves as a board member at the South Side YMCA.

Tracy Peacock

Peacock Nine

Tracy has over 20 years of experience designing and executing positive change for professional organizations and non-profit institutions. After several years at GE, Tracy transitioned to project-based consultant for the the marketing intelligence and strategy consultancy, Peacock Nine. This evolution enabled Tracy to pursue her passionate advocacy for advancing 21st Century learning in Wilmette's schools. Tracy has held numerous leadership positions within the district. Most recently, she completed her tenures as Chair of the District 39 Educational Foundation and as President of the CRC, Wilmette's curriculum advisory committee. Tracy is a lifelong Chicagoan. She holds a B.A. from Bates College where she majored in Religion. Tracy has remained connected and committed to Bates via her decades of volunteer work for Admissions and her current role as a member of the college's Alumni Council. Although, not a collegiate squash player, Tracy married one and is actively engaged in the national and local junior squash communities through the play of her two, teenage sons.

Walter Schmid


Idea Arbitrage

Walter founded Idea Arbitrage in 1997 and is focused on supporting the development of ventures in the areas of medical devices, consumer products and educational productivity. Prior to forming Idea Arbitrage, he was a senior executive with the H. J. Heinz Company. He moved to Chicago in 2003 and has been a squash enthusiast for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Kellogg School of Management.

Sangram S. Sisodia, Ph.D.

Reynolds Family Professor of Neurosciences, University of Chicago

Sam's research interests are focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that cause Alzheimer's disease. Prior to moving to Chicago, he was a Professor of Pathology and Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Jevon Thoresen


Television Account Executive, ESPN
Jevon joined ESPN Customer Marketing and Sales in 2006 as an Account Services Executive and was promoted to the position of Television Account Executive in 2008. Prior to ESPN, Jevon spent 3 years at Clear Channel Motorsports as a director of International motorsports operations. Jevon holds a BA from Kenyon College and was a 1997 graduate of George School in Newtown, PA.

William S. Wardrop

Managing Partner, Steere Capital Partners
Bill is managing partner of Steere Capital Partners, a private real estate investment firm headquartered in Chicago. Bill is a graduate of Miami University and Kellogg Graduate School of Management where he currently serves on its Alumni Advisory Board. He is also a member of the board of the school's Center for Real Estate Research and has served as an adjunct professor in the finance department.

D. Reed Webster


Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Reed works in Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He received his M.B.A from Kellogg in 1991 and his B.A. from Dartmouth in 1983, where he played for four years on the Men’s Varsity Squash Team. Reed lives in Lincoln Park and is an avid squash doubles player and fly fisher.

Michael B. Zeddies, Jr.

Mike is a life-long Chicagoan and recently retired from a 35+ year career in the food industry as Co-owner/President of Midland Marketing, Inc. an independent Food Brokerage/Manufacturer's Representative sales & marketing company specializing in consumer packaged food and non-food items to the retail grocery sales channel. Recently retired after 35+ year career. Mike graduated from Hanover College, Hanover, IN in1977 and currently serves on their Board of Trustees. Mike recently joined the Board of Directors of The Wetlands Initiative, a non-profit now in its 20th year that specializes and is dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damage.