Phil Lagori, Managing Member
Philip Lagori is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hawthorn Capital, LLC, a Chicago-based financial services company specializing in private equity opportunities in the real estate sector.
owns and operates over 100 commercial and residential properties across the Greater Chicagoland area and several states totaling over 400 units with over 1,000 occupants.
Prior to establishing Hawthorn Capital, Mr. Lagori was the founder, sole shareholder and Chief Executive Officer of Mortgage Express, a national residential mortgage banker.
Mortgage Express was founded by Phil Lagori in 1998 and grew to over 525 employees and over $1.2 billion in sales by 2002.
In 2003, the Company was sold to the publicly traded Paragon Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: PGNF) and Mr. Lagori became Vice Chairman of the Board and the Company's largest shareholder.
Phil's transition to the mortgage banking & lending industry was considered a seamless one.
In 1994 Mr. Lagori founded INBI and INPF, two companies that specialized in the sale of all lines of insurance, in addition to financing receivables and premium payments.
With over $4 million in annual sales, JVS Financial purchased Mr. Lagori's
companies in 1997 with the agreement that Phil
would assume the positions of President of Insurance Operations and Senior Vice President of Mortgage Lending for JVS Financial.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lagori has served as President and CEO for companies that, under his tenure, have originated over $8 billion in loans.
Mr. Lagori began his career in the world of finance in 1987 working for Paine Webber as a Trader Assistant on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE).
After successfully advancing at Paine Webber, Phil went on to work for G-BAR Limited Partnership and SJ Trading, both independent trading companies at the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT).