Our combined 150+ years of credible expertise in the hospitality sector are unrivaled in the field, and our commitment to our business partnerships makes us the ones you’ll want to work with.
Founding Partner and Director
Managing General Partner
COO & CFO/Partner
John Pritzker began his career at Hyatt Hotels Corporation in 1972, and in 1984 became Managing Director and Divisional Vice President of Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. John was a founding board member of Ticketmaster, Inc. and Chemdex/Ventro Corporation. Additionally, he has served as Chairman and CEO of a number of businesses in the hospitality industry, including Red Sail Sports, Mandara Spa, LLC and The Odyssey Club.
Currently, John serves as Chairman of the Board of Commune Hotels + Resorts. Pritzker’s civic involvement includes the boards of the UCSF Foundation, the UCSF Executive Board and the Bernard Osher Foundation. He is a past President of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, in addition to his work with the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Foundation.
As the co-founder and Managing General Partner of Geolo Capital, Tom brings more than 30 years of experience in banking, real estate development, the hospitality industry and in managing private equity investments in the U.S. and the Pacific Rim. After a career in banking and international finance, Tom worked as the Chief Investment Officer and one of the founding partners for the InterPacific Group. InterPacific invested throughout the Pacific Rim in the hospitality industry, consumer services and products, real estate development and recreational facilities.
In 1995, Tom co-founded and served as the Chief Executive Officer of Mandara Spa. He currently serves on the boards of Exclusive Resorts and Commune Hotels + Resorts. Formerly, he served on the boards of Local TV and Western Athletic Clubs.
Tom received a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Chinese politics from Stanford University.
Omar brings over 25 years of experience in finance, domestic and cross-border transactions, and debt and equity capital markets to the Geolo team. Prior to joining Geolo, Omar served as CFO of Playa Hotels & Resorts where he led the company’s refinancing and recapitalization efforts. Before that, he was CFO of One&Only Resorts, where he was engaged in the day‑to‑day oversight of operations and finance. Omar held various positions at One&Only’s parent company, Kerzner International Ltd., including key roles in finance, treasury and investor relations. Omar played a pivotal role in the $4.3 billion privatization of Kerzner in 2006 by leading the fundraising and coordinating the closing of the transaction.
Omar graduated with honors from the University of Miami with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in accounting. He is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Joel uses his more than 40 years of experience to develop solutions that achieve Geolo’s investment objectives. He is fluent in all relevant areas of our business including contract negotiations, operations, marketing, sales, value creation, capital projects and property tax valuation.
Prior to joining Geolo, Joel was a Founding Partner, Chairman and CEO of Horwath HTL (Canada) where he managed assets and provided advisory services to hotels and resorts across the globe. He was previously a Partner in the hospitality consulting practices of Laventhol & Horwath and Price Waterhouse, working with major hotel brands, lenders and developers. Additionally, he was VP of Marketing and Sales for Delta Hotels and Resorts, responsible for brand management, national and international sales and guest loyalty programs.
Joel is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business.
John oversees Geolo’s new development and operating hotel capital expense work. Before joining Geolo, he led the North America Architecture and Construction group at Starwood Hotels and Resorts. During his tenure with Starwood he was responsible for project management of Westin, Sheraton, and Le Méridien. He also oversaw the Luxury Brand Group including W Hotels, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection. Prior to joining Starwood, John spent seven years in New York City with Hines Interests LP, an internationally renowned real estate development firm.
John obtained his MBA from Columbia Business School and also holds an M. Arch and B.S. from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Chapter of Habitat for Humanity® and on the advisory board of HotelPoint®.
As Controller of Geolo and the related family office since 2008, John works closely with the management team on overall financial management and budgeting, facilitates information flow with lenders and portfolio investments. He also oversees the general accounting function. Prior to joining Geolo, John worked as Controller in the multi-family office at Seiler LLP, and prior to that, as an Assistant Controller of the family office at the Fremont Group. His experience also includes accounting and finance positions at United Parcel Service.
John graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.S. in Business Administration (with a Concentration in Accounting) and he holds an M.S. in Finance from Golden Gate University.
Jeffrey brings his development experience within the boutique and lifestyle hotel space to his Principal role on both the business development and asset management teams. Prior to joining Geolo, Jeffrey held several positions at the complementary arm of our business: Commune Hotels + Resorts. While at Commune, Jeffrey served as the Senior Director of Acquisitions and Development where his primary responsibilities included sourcing, acquiring and negotiating management contracts and investment opportunities for each of Commune’s unique hotel brands.
Previously, Jeffrey worked with Kimpton®Hotels & Restaurants on the Acquisitions and Development team, evaluating new acquisitions for private equity real estate funds and third-party management agreements.
Jeffrey graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. from the School of Hotel Administration.
Ben brings his diverse background in international and domestic real estate investing to Geolo in a dual focused role covering asset management and business development. Prior to joining Geolo, Ben was the Vice President of Acquisitions at AJ Capital Partners and one of the founders of Graduate Hotels®. While at AJ Capital, Ben oversaw the growth of Graduate Hotels® from a concept to a scalable investment platform and was responsible for the acquisition, financing and redevelopment of ten hotel properties. Prior to his tenure at AJ Capital, Ben spent three years in Tokyo with Morgan Stanley Real Estate where he covered the firm’s hospitality business in Asia Pacific and Europe.
Ben received an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School and holds a BA from the University of Michigan.
Michael brings his asset management experience from a public REIT to Geolo. Prior to joining Geolo, Michael worked as a senior analyst for four years at Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) on their asset management team, where his primary responsibilities included developing, producing and maintaining monthly and quarterly reports for a portion of Pebblebrook’s hotel portfolio, and exploring new property initiatives. Prior to his tenure at Pebblebrook, Michael also worked as an intern for Jones Lang LaSalle, Four Seasons, and Starwood.
Michael graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. from the School of Hotel Administration.