John W. Rutledge
John W. Rutledge
John W. Rutledge
Founder, President & CEO
Oxford Capital Group, LLC
Oxford Hotels & Resorts, LLC
A hotel-real estate entrepreneur and private equity investor, Mr. Rutledge is the Founder, President and CEO of Oxford Capital Group, LLC, a national real estate private equity, asset management, property management and development firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. He is also the Founder, President and CEO of its primary hotel operating affiliate, Oxford Hotels and Resorts, LLC., which specializes in operating, managing and branding distinctive, high design lifestyle hotels. Its current portfolio includes a growing collection of upscale, upper upscale and luxury lifestyle hospitality brands including Cass, Felix, Bay Harbor, Beach, Godfrey, IO, Essex, LondonHouse, and LH. Oxford’s geographic focus include the nation’s top metropolitan areas including: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, metro Washington D.C., and other select markets with unique attributes including Charleston, SC, New Orleans, LA, and various markets throughout Florida.
Mr. Rutledge co-founded his first company, Oxford Realty Corporation at age 24. He co-founded his second company, Oxford Capital Partners, Inc. during his second year of business school in 1994 while simultaneously completing an extended internship at the Wall Street mergers & acquisitions and merchant banking firm of Wasserstein, Perella & Co. His third company, Oxford Capital Group, LLC, a successor company to Oxford Capital Partners, Inc., was founded during the 2004-2006 timeframe.
Oxford Capital was initially founded as a platform to take advantage of what he and a partner felt was a compelling secular arbitrage opportunity resulting from the dramatic overbuilding in the nation's property markets, particularly the lodging sector, in the early to mid-1990's. Since that time, in three major contrarian buying waves, starting during the RTC crisis in the early 90's, again after the dotcom bubble burst / September 11 and after the “Great Recession” of 2008/2009, Oxford, its affiliates and principals have successfully sponsored, co-sponsored and/or participated in the investment, acquisition and/or development of approximately $2.5 billion of primarily hotel real estate across approximately 13,000 hotel rooms including approximately 5,000 employees generating profits of nearly $1 billion dollars for its investors.
Notable Oxford projects include The Godfrey Hollywood, The Bay Harbor Hotel in Tampa Bay, Florida, LondonHouse, a luxury lifestyle hotel and two stories of upscale retail at 360 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago, The Doubletree Metropolitan and The Lexington hotel’s in New York City, The National Conference Center-Lansdowne, VA, Godfrey Hotel-Boston, The Langham Chicago Hotel at the former IBM building, The Hyatt Chicago-Magnificent Mile, Hotel Felix-Chicago, The Godfrey Hotel-Chicago, Hotel Essex, Essex on the Park Apartments, an under development lifestyle hotel at 168 North Michigan Avenue diagonally across from Millenium Park, The Hotel Cass-Chicago, Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center-Chicago North Shore, Renaissance North Shore-Chicago, Hyatt House-Northwest Chicago, The Doubletree Wilmington Hotel, The Marriott Southeast Portfolio: Charleston, Columbia and Rock Hill, South Carolina and Matthews, North Carolina. Oxford is also an investor in The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa-Lake Geneva, WI; the Aspen Club & Spa and Auberge Residences in Aspen, CO; Lakeshore Sport & Fitness Chicago and Lincoln Park; Jamestown Assisted Living; Plymouth Real Estate. Oxford was also an investor in The Pan Pacific Hotel-San Francisco, The Sir Francis Drake-San Francisco, The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront and a portfolio of five Japanese hotels in Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe, Okinawa and Fukuoka.
In his role as angel-private equity investor he has invested in a number of emerging growth companies including Argo Tea Inc., Bobtail Ice Cream Co., Cal Pacific, Health Integrated, Inc., Metropolitan Capital Bank Corporation, Nymirum, Inc., Potbelly Sandwich Works, Room Service, Inc., Sunglass Outlet, Inc., Sure Payroll, Talk3, and Top Golf.
John and his various projects have been nominated and/or won numerous awards over the years including, The Anti-Defamation League’s Arthur Rubloff Humanitarian of the Year, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Development of the Year, Redevelopment of the Year, Developer of the Year, National Hotel Development of the Year, the Top City Hotel in the Continental US (The Langham Chicago) and the Historic Preservation of the Year award for Chicago (LondonHouse) and Boston (The Godfrey Boston), and Crain’s' 40 under 40,. He has been a regular judge at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business New Venture Challenge and a guest speaker at Northwestern's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Mr. Rutledge is a member: of the advisory board (and a founding investor) of Metropolitan Capital Bank Corporation; the World President's Organization (WPO), where he is Chairman of the Global Hospitality Network, and previously Young Presidents' Organization (YPO); the Economic Club of Chicago; the Commercial Club; an Emeritus member of the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago; The Urban Land Institute (ULI); the Advisory Board for the Polsky Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business; and St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church of Chicago. He is also a Trustee of The Chicago Architectural Foundation. A graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, Mr. Rutledge graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and an emphasis in Real Estate. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business with an emphasis in International Finance and Economics. He has also studied at Northwestern University, Harvard Business School (President’s Program) and Oxford University (Christ Church).
A devoted family man, John tries to live by a personal and professional ethos of integrity, discipline, hard work, a collaborative and empathetic style, a positive attitude, a growth mentality, an enthusiastic zest for all aspects of life and a belief that nearly anything is possible. He is a voracious reader who loves biographical, business, social, architectural, political and military history. He also enjoys chess, genealogy, art, cinema, classic boats, architecture, nutrition, the scouting movement and sports of all kinds including: triathlons, sailing, skiing (helicopter and racing), waterskiing (slalom and barefoot), racquet sports (tennis, platform tennis and a little squash), golf (not very often or very well and thus least proficient sport), swimming, scuba diving and world (and often adventure) travel, with highlights including a trip to the North Pole, scuba diving off the great barrier reef of Australia, elephant trekking in the jungles of Thailand and Africa, skydiving in New Zealand, helicopter skiing in the Rockies and a "trip around the world" just before business school.