Keynote Speaker

Commencement 2014

John PritzkerJohn Pritzker

A 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, John Pritzker is the founder and managing partner of Geolo Capital, a private equity firm. Under his leadership, Geolo Capital acquired a controlling interest in Joie de Vivre in 2010, one year after purchasing the iconic Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California.  In 2011, Pritzker orchestrated the merger of Joie de Vivre Hotels and the luxury lifestyle Thompson Hotels brand, forming the parent company Commune Hotels & Resorts.

Known as the “only Pritzker who can actually check a guest into a hotel,” John joined his family’s company, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, in 1972 working his way up to Managing Director and Divisional Vice President of Hyatt Hotels and Resort. After John departed Hyatt in 1988 he was a founding board member of TicketMaster, Inc. and Chemdex/Ventro Corporation. Additionally, Pritzker has served as Chairman and CEO of a number of businesses in the hospitality industry including Red Sail Sports and The Odyssey Club (now Exclusive Resorts).

In addition to his contributions within the hospitality industry, Pritzker currently serves on the boards of the University of California San Francisco Foundation, UCSF Chancellor’s Board, the Osher Family Foundation and the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Foundation.  He serves as the immediate past President of the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation.  Pritzker’s other philanthropic interests include San Francisco General Hospital, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yale University Art Gallery and the Center for Arts and Education in New York.  Pritzker and his wife, Lisa, have three sons and live in San Francisco.