Private Equity Association of Chicago
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About PEA Chicago


The Private Equity Association of Chicago (PEAC) is the premier professional organization for pre-MBA private equity professionals in Chicago. PEAC is affiliated with the Private Equity Association, a growing national organization that includes chapters in Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco.


The desired outcome of our organization is to foster an environment where young private equity professionals can learn from each other’s experiences, share industry knowledge and discuss career matters through social, educational and civic service oriented events.


The Private Equity Association of Chicago is a non-profit organization that has traditionally been funded mainly via generous corporate sponsorships. PEAC greatly appreciates their continued support and therefore seeks to deliver commensurate value in educational, social and civic service opportunities to our members.

Activities and Programs

A variety of educational, career oriented and social events for our members

  • Annual MBA Forum which includes a panel discussion among admissions representatives from top business schools
  • Civic service fair which presents members with various volunteer opportunities in and around the Chicago area
  • Continuing Education Events for our members to discuss the opportunities and challenges that the industry is currently facing and to teach various skills to aid in the evaluation of investment opportunities
  • Social events where members can form and cultivate relationships with other young professionals in the industry

Board of Directors

Private Equity Association of Chicago Board of Directors

John Brownschidle (President)Baird Capital

Chelsea Celistan (Vice President)Vistria Group

Thomas AultAdams Street Partners

Brian BaiFrontenac Company

Tyler BlihaMadison Dearborn

William ChanMadison Dearborn

Kyle DawsonWind Point Partners

Brendan GreenBenford Capital

Kim KawatraSilver Oak Services Partners

Kenneth KluckmanFrontenac Company

Ellis KrienikWind Point Partners

Matthew MatosianArbor Investments

Chris OberhausBaird Capital

Michael PraljakWater Street

Alexander RandallWynnchurch

Jonathan SkekloffGTCR

Eileen SullivanRoundtable Healthcare

Member Firms

PEAC Member Firms

Adam Street Partners
All-State Investments
Arbor Investments
Baird Capital Partners
Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company
Benford Capital
Birchwood healthcare Partners
CC Industries
CIVC Partners
CORE Industrial Partners
Cressey & Company
Flexpoint Ford
Frontenac Company
Glencoe Capital
Keystone Capital
LaSalle Capital Group
Macquarie Group
Madison Dearborn Partners
Maranon Capital
Mesirow Financial
New Harbor Capital
Portage Point Partners
Prairie Capital
Pritzker Private Capital
Pritzker Venture Capital
Prospect Partners
Pulte Capital Partners
RCP Advisors
Roundtable Healthcare Partners
Shore Capital
Silver Oak Service Partners
Sterling Partners
Svoboda Capital
Twin Bridge Capital
Water Street
Wind Point Partners
Winona Capital Management
Wynnchurch Capital Partners


PEAC Upcoming Events

The Private Equity Association of Chicago’s founding objectives are to provide opportunities for social networking with industry peers, host educational forums and workshops for professional development, and connect private equity professionals with non-profit and community service groups in the Chicago area.

If you are interested in attending or finding out more about the PEAC and our events please contact our Communications Chair, Tyler Bliha ( Membership in PEAC is open to any member of the Chicago investment community. PEAC’s programs and events are tailored towards pre-MBA professionals working in principal investing roles at private capital firms, including private equity, mezzanine, and BDC investing.

Private Equity Symposium – Sponsored by Donnelley Financial Solutions

When: Thursday, January 18th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Virgin Hotel – 25th Floor 203 N Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60601

Who: Investment banking analysts planning to go through the PE recruitment process and incoming 2018 private equity associates

Why: To provide a forum for analysts to network with current private equity associates and learn more about the interview process and role within a PE firm

Format: Panel discussion, hosted by Donnelley, comprised of associates from several private equity firms discussing the associate experience, interview process, transition from banking, and any other questions from the audience

Other: Open bar (beer, wine, soda, water) and hors d’oeuvres will be served

To RSVP please email:

Brian Bai –

Matt Matosian -

PEAC Analyst Recruiting Forum – Sponsored by Intralinks

When: Thursday, February 1st from 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Where: The University Club (Michigan Room) 76 East Monroe StreetChicago, IL 60603

Who: Private equity associates and investment banking analysts currently interested in going through the PE recruitment process

Why: To provide a forum for prospective Associate candidates to network with representatives from PEAC’s member firms

Format: “Open House” style booths for each participating private equity firms that investment banking analysts can approach to learn more about the recruiting process, culture and associate life at each individual firm

Other: Drinks and light food will be provided


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