Mr. Quazzo is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pearlmark Real Estate, L.L.C. From 1991 to 1996, Mr. Quazzo served as President of Equity Institutional Investors, Inc., a subsidiary of investor Sam Zell’s private holding company, Equity Group Investments, Inc. Mr. Quazzo was responsible for raising equity capital and performing various portfolio management services in connection with the firm’s real estate investments, including institutional opportunity funds and public REITs. Prior to joining the Zell organization, Mr. Quazzo was in the Real Estate Department of Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he was a vice president responsible for the firm’s real estate investment banking activities in the Midwest.
Mr. Quazzo holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University, where he has served as a Director of the Alumni Association for the college and as a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors for the business school. He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Trustee and past Chair of the ULI Foundation, a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, and a licensed real estate broker in Illinois.
In addition, Mr. Quazzo currently serves a director of Marriott Vacations Worldwide (NYSE: VAC) and previously served as a director of ILG, Inc. (Nasdaq: ILG) until September 2018 and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) until September 2016. He also sits on a number of non-profit boards, including Rush University Medical Center, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Endowment, the Chicago Parks Foundation, and Deerfield Academy.
Among the most important factors that led to the Board’s recommendation that Mr. Quazzo serves as a director are his commercial real estate expertise, investment management expertise, public company director experience, leadership skills, integrity, judgment, and independence from management and our affiliates.