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Chicago, Ill. – AJ Capital Partners announced today the hire of a new member to its executive team.  Cooper Manning joins the team as Senior Managing Director - Investor Relations, focusing primarily on new business development and managing and curating investor relationships.  Cooper will assist in the future growth of the Graduate Hotels portfolio – a hotel collection targeting university-anchored markets across the country that celebrates each town’s unique local culture and history. 

“Cooper is a longtime partner and friend of AJCP,” says Ben Weprin, founder and CEO of AJ Capital Partners.  “We’ve worked with Cooper together on the Pontchartrain Hotel and Graduate Oxford and from there, it naturally evolved into a more permanent partnership.” 

Prior to joining AJ Capital Partners, Cooper worked in institutional equity sales with Howard Weil in New Orleans specializing in the oil and gas business.  During his 16 years at Howard Weil, Cooper was integral in positioning the company as a leader in the energy sector.  Cooper was involved in the sale of Howard Weil to Scotia Bank in 2012 and remained on through the transition as a partner. 

Cooper will continue to reside in New Orleans and will spend time in Chicago at the AJ Capital Partners office.  He will remain involved in all of his investment projects in the south, including AJ Capital Partners’ Pontchartrain – an iconic hotel located in New Orleans’ Garden District opening in June 2016.  Cooper will also continue to host “The Manning Hour” (minus 58 minutes) on Fox Sports.

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

Contact: Amy Stahulak / 708 945 5970

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