Calistoga Ranch lies tucked away into a private canyon in Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and a private lake. The 50-room luxury resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature inherent to the region. Designed with relaxation in mind, lodges offer visitors the ultimate experience with a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces that allow guests to fully experience the pristine setting.
Offering understated elegance, modern day amenities, and personalized service in the heart of the Gold Coast, Thompson Chicago is the city’s premier boutique hotel. Opened in 2013, Thompson Chicago was designed by London-based Tara Bernerd with the needs of both business and leisure travelers in mind, with residence-style rooms and suites, top-of-the-line technology amenities, and Nico Osteria - a new signature restaurant by One Off Hospitality Group, the curators of establishments such as Blackbird and Publican Quality Meats.
Auberge Resorts manages a collection of exceptional hotels, resorts and private clubs, all of which embody a unique sense of place, while sharing Auberge's signature sense of understated luxury, timeless sophistication, and warm, gracious service.
Viceroy Riviera Maya is a unique boutique hotel nestled on the white sand beaches of Playa Del Carmen.
Soho House Chicago is a private members’ club that will feature a rooftop pool, gymnasium, screening room, spa, and 40 hotel rooms. Upper floors will be a warm gathering place and home-away-from-home for members, guests, and friends. The first floor will host two unique dining concepts open to both members and the public alike. Opening in 2014.
Long a private members club, new life is coming to this Michigan Avenue gem. Overlooking Millennium Park, this new Chicago icon will feature interior design by the renowned Roman and Williams team with 240 rooms and distinctive dining and entertainment options that celebrate the history and allure of this former den for Chicago’s topmost.
Acquired in February 2013, the Malliouhana Hotel and Spa is the crown jewel of the island of Anguilla since its inception in 1984. Perched high on the cliff top overlooking three white powder beaches and the Caribbean beyond, Malliouhana’s 55 bedrooms and suites sit on 22 acres of lush tropical gardens. The 15,000 square foot spa located on the beachfront add to the allure of this beautiful retreat destination. The hotel has been closed for the past two years, we are in the process of a full renovation of the asset which will reopen under the Auberge Resorts portfolio.
A tribute to Art Deco grandeur, the prestigious Raleigh Hotel enjoys a spectacular oceanfront location on Miami’s popular South Beach.
Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners (AJ Capital Partners) is a dynamic organization of opportunistic hospitality and real estate investors with a collective goal to acquire, reposition and develop highly sought after resorts and hotels in major metropolitan areas and prestigious resort destinations. The company’s mission is to achieve optimal risk adjusted returns for its investors who are seeking long-term capital investments.
AJ Capital Partners has assembled a highly accomplished team who share an innate passion to create a one-of-a kind portfolio of timeless assets. Collectively, the team is able to achieve this goal by drawing upon their diverse and multi-disciplinary backgrounds, spanning investment management and hospitality operations.
The group develops, owns, and operates commercial and hospitality assets and businesses throughout the United States, Caribbean and Mexico. AJ Capital Partners continues to grow its portfolio of luxury lodging investments, firmly establishing the group as visionary leaders in the lifestyle-driven investment industry.
Prior to founding AJ Capital Partners in 2008, Mr. Weprin served as Managing Partner of Levy Family Partners Real Estate, overseeing the acquisition and operation of commercial and hospitality properties throughout the country. Mr. Weprin is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Alfaro brings more than 14 years of institutional real estate experience to AJ Capital Partners. Prior to joining the firm, Jasin was a Managing Director in the Asset Management group for Greenfield Partners. During his tenure at Greenfield, Jasin oversaw the acquisition, development, financing and disposition of over $2B in gross assets that included investments in boutique and select service hotel investments, assisted living communities, office, mixed-used projects and single tenant office/industrial acquisitions. Previous to Greenfield, Jasin worked with Heitman Capital Management in the Acquisitions group. Jasin holds a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy from Stanford University.
Mr. Franzen puts over 16 years of commercial real estate investment and development experience to work for AJ Capital Partners as its Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Developments. Prior to joining the firm, Tim managed all aspects of his prior company’s real estate investment and development pipeline, including hotels, restaurants, retail centers, office buildings, parking structures and mixed-use projects. In a period of less that 3 years, Tim led the acquisition of nearly 3,000 hotel rooms, both branded and independent, having a total value in excess of $390 million, while developing 968 hotel keys valued at over $275 million. Tim has participated in the founding of both hotel management and hotel asset management companies. Tim began his career in the real estate practice group of law firm Katten Muchin & Zavis. Tim is a graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and holds a J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law.
Mr. Broaden is responsible for acquisitions and development with a focus on originating, financing, and executing new investments. Formerly, as an Investment Manager with Dubai Holding, Mr. Broaden helped lead the acquisition and development of luxury resort and mixed-use assets. His real estate and private equity background includes positions with Equity International, RV Kuhns, and Jones Lang LaSalle. Mr. Broaden is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mr. Schor oversees asset management for AJ Capital's portfolio of properties as well as evaluates investment opportunities. Previously as a Vice President in Hyatt Hotel's Real Estate & Development group, Mr. Schor gained valuable experience handling both management agreement and ownership matters on a global basis. Mr. Schor graduated from Cornell University and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
After graduating from McGill university in her native Montreal, Cleo Vo-Dai was employed as Marketing and Public Relations Manager at Cirque du Soleil, where she oversaw press relations, communication, and marketing strategies for shows in Asia, Europe and South America. Seven years and 72 cities later, Cleo joined Penrod Management Group as the Global Marketing Director for the Nikki Beach Hotel and Restaurant Group,where she envisioned and applied the overall marketing strategy for all twelve hotel and beach club locations as well as created strategic partnership alliances with luxury brands. During her career, Cleo curated over 50 international multi-million dollar events, including the creation and launch of the Canadian Pavilion at Shanghai Universal Expo, Cirque du Soleil's international premieres in Las Vegas and Nikki Beach Cannes Festival where she managed all project aspects from start to finish including finding a location, design, raising funds, creating programming and generating revenue. Cleo's unique experience working on all five continents is key to the distinct and culturally inspired vision she brings to the hospitality industry.
Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners as General Counsel, Mr. Weprin served in a similar capacity with the New York City real estate development firm, Youngwoo & Associates. Mr. Weprin previously served as an associate at the international law firms Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, and Dechert LLP. Mr. Weprin is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, holds an M.S. in Real Estate Finance from New York University, and is a summa cum laude graduate of New York Law School.
An experienced accounting professional with excellent financial, analytical, technological and organizational skills, acquired and developed through 32 years of leadership experience in the hospitality and real estate industries, Ms. Shore is responsible for accounting and financial reporting for our asset management team. She is experienced and knowledgeable in a full complement of business management practices, methods and techniques obtained and developed while serving a variety of roles at Hilton Hotels Worldwide, Hyatt Hotel Corporation, Strategic Hotels and Resorts, and Shore Controller Services. Ms. Shore received her BS in Psychology and Biology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia.
Mr. Nichols is responsible for the development and construction management of active improvements within AJ Capital’s portfolio as well as lead-in cost forecasting and feasibility planning for potential new opportunities. In previous roles with Jones Lang LaSalle and Lend Lease, Mr. Nichols successfully oversaw the ground-up construction and redevelopment of a wide range of assets including full-service hospitality, high-rise commercial office, retail, and mixed-use new communities. Mr. Nichols is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and holds an M.B.A. from DePaul University’s Kellstadt School of Business.
With a background in domestic and international hospitality investments, Mr. Gottlieb is responsible for sourcing and executing investment opportunities. Formerly based in Tokyo with Morgan Stanley Real Estate's hospitality arm, Mr. Gottlieb covered emerging market hotel development, management agreement negotiation, asset management and analytics for the group's investments in the Asia Pacific region. His experience also includes a position with DivcoWest's acquisitions team. Mr. Gottlieb holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A from Cornell University's Johnson School.
Mr. Pesotskiy is responsible for assisting with evaluation, structuring, and due diligence of investment opportunities as well as accounting and asset management. His previous experiences include valuation consulting with Plante Moran and auditing with the Chicago Department of Finance. Mr. Pesotskiy graduated Loyola University with a B.B.A in accounting, finance, and minor in economics and is a Certified Public Accountant.