Industry Update
Appointment27 August 2019

David Rochefort

Promoted President
At AJ Capital Partners in Chicago - IL, USA

David Rochefort

Joining AJ Capital Partners in 2014 to support the launch of Graduate, David Rochefort has been instrumental in the continued growth and management of the brand since the beginning. As president, Rochefort will focus on brand and operations as Graduate continues to operate 16 U.S. properties, and expands with 16 additional properties in the U.S. and U.K. before the end of 2020. Initially hired to join the acquisitions team, Rochefort ultimately launched the brand's asset management division with the goal of taking a more comprehensive approach to the portfolio. A decisive, cross-discipline leader, he has worked on the acquisition, asset management, brand and investment teams throughout his tenure. Prior to AJ Capital Partners, Rochefort worked at Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in Bethesda, MD. He graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Administration and a minor in real estate finance.

AJ Capital Partners

AJ 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.
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