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Martin Nesbitt, MBA ’89

Martin Nesbitt, MBA ’89

Senior Partner, Co-Chairman, and Co-CEO, The Vistria Group

Martin Nesbitt co-founded and serves as co-CEO of The Vistria Group, a Chicago-based investment company focused on the education, healthcare, and financial services industries. Prior to Vistria, Martin served as CEO of The Parking Spot, an owner and operator of off-airport parking facilities. Martin conceptualized and co-founded The Parking Spot and was responsible for running all strategic and operating aspects of the company. In 2011, The Parking Spot was sold. Before launching The Parking Spot, Martin was an officer of the Pritzker Realty Group, the real estate group primarily responsible for the Pritzker family business interests. Martin also previously held the position as equity vice president and investment manager at LaSalle Partners with a variety of responsibilities including investment management for regional retail properties, office projects, and parking. In his various leadership capacities, Martin has been successful at guiding executive teams toward the achievement of goals established to maximize returns on his investments. Martin’s approach to the off-airport parking business was heralded by industry insiders as extremely innovative and has been recognized in national publications like The New York Times, USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Fortune Small Business Magazine. Martin currently serves on the board of directors of American Airlines Group, CenterPoint Energy, and Chewy. He is a trustee of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and serves as chairman of the Barack Obama Foundation. Martin was formally a board member of Jones Lang LaSalle, chairman of the board of the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee, and served as treasurer of President Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. Martin earned a bachelor of science degree and honorary doctorate from Albion College and an MBA from Chicago Booth.

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