Vice Chairman, Waterton
Mr. Vilim co-founded Waterton with David Schwartz in 1995 and serves as vice chairman. Mr. Vilim assumed the role of vice chairman in January 2017 to spend increasing time with philanthropic and civic organizations focused on ending homelessness and providing affordable housing. Mr. Vilim continues to office from the firm’s Chicago headquarters and participates on the Management, Investment and Valuation Committees.
Prior to co-founding Waterton in 1995, Mr. Vilim was an investment officer with Berkshire Realty Company, Inc., responsible for Midwest acquisitions, dispositions and financings. Prior to joining Berkshire, he was the investment officer for AMLI Realty Co. Mr. Vilim started his career as a certified public accountant, working in the national real estate tax practice departments of both Coopers & Lybrand and Peat Marwick Mitchell.
Mr. Vilim holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in taxation from DePaul University. Mr. Vilim serves on the Board of Directors, and is Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Housing Partnership Equity Trust (“HPET”), a social purpose real estate investment trust created by nonprofits to raise capital for affordable housing. He is the on the Board of Directors of All Chicago – Making Homelessness History, the Collaborative Applicant for HUD funding of homeless services in Chicago. He serves on the Property and Grounds committee for Bridge Communities, a non-profit transitional housing provider. He is on Advisory Councils for Mercy Housing Lakefront, a non-profit program restricted housing provider, and Housing Opportunities for Women, a non-profit developer, owner and operator of program restricted housing for women.