Christopher L. Hughes​ 

 Christopher L. Hughes, based in suburban Chicago, is a co-founder of Cypress Holdings Group. He has over 27 years experience in the investment and capital markets with a focus on private equity investing including making direct investments, structuring joint ventures, forming long-term operating partnerships, and privatizations of public companies.

Chris was formerly a Managing Director of Deutsche Bank’s Alternative Investments business (RREEF) and the Chief Executive Officer of RREEF Global Securities and Structured Investments, based in Chicago and New York. During his time with RREEF, he held various senior executive positions and was a voting member of the RREEF Global Executive and Principal Investment Committees since their inception. Previous positions included CEO of RREEF Private Equity, Global Head of Capital Markets and Structured Investments and North American Head of Capital Markets. He also served as the Chairman of RREEF’S Private Equity and Structured Debt Investment Committees.

Previous to RREEF, he was a Senior-Vice President at Transwestern Commercial Services, an Executive Director with CIBC and a Senior-Vice President with Heller Financial. He started his career with KPMG where he was a manager in the national consulting business line. Mr. Hughes is a member of the board of directors at CloudOne Corporation, a cloud-based, on-demand infrastructure computing company.

Chris was member of the 2005 Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40. He has been actively involved with and supported multiple charities including Feed My Starving Children, GiantSteps and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation ("JDRF"). Chris received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

                                          John A. Staab

 John A. Staab, based in suburban Chicago, is a co-founder of Cypress Holdings Group. John was formerly a Senior Vice President with Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management division in Chicago, Illinois.  Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was a Vice President with both the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch and the Citi Family Office that became Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.  

For 13 years, John served as a comprehensive wealth manager and senior advisor for multiple families located throughout the United States.

Prior to his investment advisory career, John was an independent floor trader at the Chicago Board of Trade where he focused on interest rate futures and options while trading for his own account.

John has over 26 years of combined experience in investment advisory and capital markets activities. He has substantial experience with asset allocation, portfolio construction, risk mitigation (from both an overall balance sheet perspective and an individual concentrated equity position) and intergenerational values based wealth transition strategies. John has also assisted clients with the evaluation of numerous private equity and hedge fund investments as well as evaluating direct investments in private companies and real estate.

John is actively involved with multiple charities including the Infant Welfare Society of Clarendon Hills.  He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana, Illinois.