2007
Investment pioneer, Benedictine trustee to speak at commencement ceremony

Investment pioneer, Benedictine trustee to speak at commencement ceremony
April 24, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

John P. Calamos Sr., chair and CEO of Calamos Asset Management and a member of the Board of Trustees of Benedictine University, will address the University’s 114th commencement ceremonies at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. The son of Greek immigrants, Calamos swept floors at his family’s Chicago grocery store. He developed a passion for the stock market in his teens after investing his parents’ $5,000 nest egg. Calamos joined the Air Force after earning an M.B.A from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1965 and served in Vietnam. Calamos became a stockbroker and founded Calamos Asset Management in 1977. A pioneer in investment strategies and techniques to help manage risk, Calamos has created a reputation for using investment techniques to control risk, preserve capital and build wealth for clients over the long term. From its origins as an institutional convertible bond manager, Calamos Asset Management has grown into a diversified asset management firm with major institutional and individual clients in the United States and around the world. Calamos won the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award for the financial services sector in 2006. He is a member of the Investment Analysts Society of Chicago, a frequent speaker at investment seminars and conferences, and has taught graduate level courses on finance and investments. He is often quoted as an authority on risk-managed investment strategies in Barron’s, Fortune, Forbes, Pensions & Investments, Financial World, Nation’s Business and The Wall Street Journal. Calamos is listed by Forbes as the 258th richest person in the world with a net worth of approximately $2.7 billion. He lives in Aurora and has two children. Commencement activities begin with a Mass at 8:00 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey. Commencement ceremonies for associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree candidates will begin at 10:00 a.m. For more information about commencement ceremonies at Benedictine University, visit the commencement web page at www.ben.edu/commencement.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.