Our
TEAM

The team at TAWANI Enterprises is driven to greatness utilizing years of expertise. Together, we strive to achieve and inspire through focused efforts that elevate architecture, invigorate schools and bolster communities. Here are the people that make our mission come to fruition.

COL. JENNIFER PRITZKER
President & Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer N. Pritzker is a retired Lt. Col. of the United States Army, esteemed historian, businesswoman and investor, developer and philanthropist, who founded TAWANI Enterprises, an investment group specializing in the development, investment, management and preservation of real estate properties in the Chicago area. Pritzker represents more than six companies under the TAWANI brand, including the Stone Heritage Collection, a luxury group of historic Bed & Breakfast properties and unique event spaces, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the TAWANI Foundation and the Pritzker Military Foundation. Properties under the Stone Heritage Collection include Stone Terrace, Stone Porch by the Lake, Lang House, The Emil Bach House and Lincoln Way Inn. She is also responsible for the total restoration of the historic Monroe Building.

Pritzker is fully committed to each endeavor she engages in and is guided by her core belief that it is important to build inherent value in any business entity one owns. As an investor and philanthropist, she is passionate about restoration, preservation, and property management. Pritzker isn’t afraid to take calculated risks. She invests for impact in ways that not only positively impact the community, but in ways that are deeply meaningful to her life. Pritzker has been honored with several awards for architectural excellence and preservation because of her efforts, including the 2017 Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Award for Architectural Excellence, the 2017 Design Evanston Award for Stone Terrace, the 2016 Legendary Landmark by Landmarks Illinois and the 2016 Margery B. Perkins Award by the City of Evanston, Illinois.

Before TAWANI, Pritzker served in the military for numerous years. Her military career began with an enlistment in the U.S. Army as a private in 1974, where she served with the 82nd Airborne Division. She continued to serve active duty until 1985, where she rose to the rank of captain, serving with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY and VII Corps in the Federal Republic of Germany. She then served in the U.S. Army Reserve and the Illinois Army National Guard until her retirement in March 2001. She retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and received an honorary promotion to full Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard. She has been honored with more than 20 military awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Pritzker participated in four expeditions to Antarctica and the South Pole between 2000 and 2008 with astronauts Dr. Owen Garriot and Captain James Lovell, and Dr. Birgit Sattler, the first Austrian female to visit the South Pole. Pritzker is the recipient of the 2005 City of Chicago’s John A. Logan Patriot Award, an Honorary Doctorate of Military Science from Norwich University in 2007, and the 2012 Damen Award from Loyola University Chicago.

Pritzker is extensively involved in philanthropic work, currently serving on multiple boards such as the USO of Illinois, the National Strategy Forum, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the Pritzker Military Foundation, the TAWANI Foundation, Squadron Holdings LLC, and the Leadership Council for the Program in Human Sexuality Medical School of the University of Minnesota.

Pritzker is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in History, as well as the U.S. Army’s Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Chemical Officer Advanced Course, the Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course, and Command and General Staff College. Pritzker lives in Chicago and has three children, daughter Tal Hava Pritzker, sons Andrew and William, and three grandchildren. The name TAWANI was created using a combination of letters from her children’s first names.

Current Philanthropic Roles

TAWANI ENTERPRISES, INC.
President and Chief Executive Officer

PRITZKER MILITARY MUSEUM & LIBRARY
Founder and Chair

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Governing Member

LIBRARY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
Visiting Committee Member

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Member, Leadership Council for the Program in Human Sexuality

Previous Philanthropic Roles

NORWICH UNIVERSITY
Board Member (1997-2007)

USO OF ILLINOIS
Board Member (1997-2012)

NATIONAL STRATEGY FORUM
Board Member (2000-2013)

MARINE CORPS SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
Board Member (2001-2007)

ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD & MILITIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Board Member (1996-2008)

NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS
Board Member (1994-1995)

Honors

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
Spirit of Hope Award (2016)

LANDMARKS ILLINOIS
Legendary Landmark Award (2016)

YWCA METROPOLITAN CHICAGO
Trailblazer Award (2016)

Our Team

MARY PARTHE
Chief of Staff & Chief Investment Officer

 

FRANK CRESS
Chief Technology Officer

 

KIMBERLEE CARR
Director of Property Management

 

JOHN P. RINGER
Investment Associate, TAWANI Enterprises
Operations Manager, Aurum Trading

SHARI KOEHLER
Chief Financial Officer

 

susan rifkin

TAWANI Foundation & Pritzker Military Foundation Executive Director

 

carmen korleski
Director of Hospitality

 

NICOLE KLEIDON
Real Estate Project Coordinator

MICHELLE NAKFOoR
General Counsel

 

THEADORA GERBER
Director, Marketing and Communications

 

nicole pettis
Human Resources Manager