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Chicago, Ill. – AJ Capital Partners announced today the hire of a new member to its executive team. Clay Thelen joins the team as Chief Financial Officer, with a specific focus on capital markets.

“Clay is an exciting addition for our Company,” said Eric Hassberger, COO of AJ Capital Partners. “Clay's extensive knowledge and experience in the capital markets and lodging industry make him an ideal fit for the AJ Capital and Graduate Hotels team.”

Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Clay was Vice President, Capital Markets, Acquisitions, and Treasurer at Strategic Hotels & Resorts (SHR) where he led the capital markets, financial planning and analysis, and treasury functions. Additionally, in his time at SHR, Clay directly participated in the company’s hotel acquisition and disposition activity as well as its transition from being publicly traded to privately held. Clay began his career as a CPA in the risk advisory and audit practices at Ernst & Young, LLP. 

About AJ Capital Partners

Adventurous Journeys Capital Partners, based in Chicago, is an accomplished team of hospitality and real estate investors whose innate passion is to create a one-of-a kind portfolio of timeless assets. The counter-culture investors acquire, design and develop transformative real estate throughout the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. In fall 2014, AJ Capital Partners launched the Graduate Hotels brand. AJ Capital Partners continues to grow its portfolio of lodging investments, firmly establishing the group as visionary leaders in the lifestyle-driven investment industry. For more information on AJ Capital Partners, please visit www.ajcpt.com

Contact: Meg Connolly

meg@mcc-pr.com / 212-505-8200

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