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Chicago Capital Holdings
Professional Biographies

David Onion
David D. Onion
Managing Director & CEO

David D. Onion, Managing Director & CEO, co-founded Chicago Capital and has been responsible for the development and execution of its business plan. He has served as an officer and director at several of the business which are controlled by Chicago Capital and he has served as a board member at outside organizations.

Mr. Onion has significant experience in business development, finance and management. He has lead negotiations of corporate acquisition transactions, various financing transactions, creditor issues, labor contracts, and shareholder disputes.

Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Development at the CIT Group, a NYSE finance and investment company. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Security Pacific Bank where he was a commercial banker, asset based lender, and merchant banker. Mr. Onion began his career at The First National Bank of Chicago.

Mr. Onion is an active member of the Turnaround Management Association where he serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Midwest Chapter, Co-Chair elect of the Community Service Committee, as past Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, past Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, and past member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Mr. Onion is also an active member of the Association for Corporate Growth where he serves on the Corporate Committee. He is a member of the Commercial Finance Association where he is a past director of the Midwest Chapter.

Mr. Onion received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics at Western Illinois University and completed his post graduate MBA studies at the College of St. Thomas.

John McFarland
John McFarland
Managing Director

John McFarland, Director joined Chicago Capital during 2008 following 23 years of experience in real estate development. He has diverse experience in acquiring, entitling, and managing successful land and building projects.

Previously, Mr. McFarland served in two positions at Town and Country Homes, one of the top six residential developers in the Chicago area. During 2001 through 2008 he served as Vice President of Land Acquisition and Development responsible for managing a staff of 12 whose focus was to entitle 750 home sites per year. From 1998 through 2001 he served as Director of Planning where he was responsible for a staff of 8 whose focus was new community entitlement and land planning.

Prior to that, Mr. McFarland held three positions with progressive responsibility at Baxter Homes. During the period from 1993 through 1998 he served as Vice President, Development and Construction, where he managed the companys land entitlement, development, sales, and home building activities. He served as Development Manager from 1990 through 1993 with responsibility for directing land acquisition, development, and sales. He served as Project Coordinator from 1985 through 1990 responsible for managing the finish construction activities for an apartment complex, a condominium conversion, and a custom home development.

Mr. McFarland received a Masters Degree in Regional and Community Studies from Western Illinois University during 1985. He received a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire during 1983.

Jeffery Stark
Jeffery Stark
Managing Director

Jeffery Stark, Managing Director joined Chicago Capital during 2009 to lead its Capital Formation Division. He has significant banking experience and has served as an officer and director at several community banking institutions.

Previously, Mr. Stark spent 27 years in progressive roles at a family owned community bank, most recently as Chairman and CEO. The bank grew from $3 million in assets to $340 million in assets during this period.

During the agricultural crisis in the mid 1980s, Mr. Stark served as a bankruptcy trustee responsible for the orderly liquidation of estate assets.

Mr. Stark holds the designation of Certified Trust and Financial Advisor issued by the American Bankers Association.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Western Illinois University in 1980.

John K. Rutledge
John K. Rutledge
Managing Director

John K. Rutledge, CRE, FRICS, began his real estate career in 1968 and in the ensuing years has managed, leased, purchased, financed, and sold properties throughout the United States. He has worked with commercial, industrial, residential, agricultural, timber, and other types of property, and has owned investment properties during this time. He is experienced in construction finance and development. His consulting activities and speaking engagements have taken him to various countries including Russia and other former communist bloc nations as they have sought to privatize their markets, and his articles have appeared in various American and foreign publications.

He has served as a volunteer on several charitable boards involved in social services. He has also served as a volunteer with the International Real Property Foundation. He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Illinois and is a member of the National Association of Realtors.

Mr. Rutledge holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Illinois where he has served as a volunteer in several capacities and received the Loyalty Award from its Alumni Association in 2005.

He recognizes the importance of the wise use of real estate, both as a financial asset and as a physical resource.

Kirk Jefferis
Kirk Jefferis

Mr. Jefferis professional background includes 31 years of commercial real estate, operations management, and financial experience.

Prior to joining Chicago Capital, he spent 14 years as a self-employed consultant with an emphasis on real estate development and management, business operations, and structuring/funding of private equity transactions. Mr. Jefferis has been intimately involved in the financing, development, and management of hotels, convenience stores, an office/medical complex, office buildings, and historic rehabilitation projects.

Mr. Jefferis spent the previous 13 years working with property development and management firms involved with hotels, office buildings, and shopping centers. During that period he spent four years as owner/general manager of a 150 room Holiday Inn in the Chicago area. He took control of the property during a foreclosure process and then executed a successful turnaround of the property. He planned, designed, and implemented a renovation as well as a marketing effort that resulted in a 57% first year increase in occupancy and revenues. He also developed a quality management team with diverse technical, cultural and language backgrounds to contain costs, complete tasks, and deliver excellent customer service in an efficient and profitable manner.

Mr. Jefferis began his career as a CPA spending 4 years with Fox & Company (a national firm that eventually merged with Grant Thornton) where he gained experience in servicing a broad range of clients including those in the wholesale lumber, heavy equipment manufacturing, and lodging/hospitality sectors.

Mr. Jefferis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, with honors, from Oral Roberts University and has earned the Certified Public Accountant designation.

Jeff Hunter
John Hunter
Broker Associate

Mr. Hunter formed John Hunter Services in 2009. From 2005-2009, Mr. Hunter was a director at ProTen Realty Group, a tenant representation firm in Chicago. Prior to his work in Chicago, he worked as a leasing agent, building broker, and property manager for a mixed use development firm in New York. As a third party manager, Mr. Hunter worked for RD Management in New York, one of the top 30 retail owners in the United States.

Prior to his career in commercial real estate, Mr. Hunter was a symphony clarinetist with the orchestras of Barcelona, Buffalo, and Syracuse. Mr. Hunter holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the prestigious Eastman School in New York and a masters degree from DePaul University.

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