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Bill and Jason began their careers at John Nuveen and Company in June 1992.  They both grew up on the North Shore with Jason from Glencoe, attending New Trier and Bill in Winnetka graduating from North Shore Country Day.  They have always shared a passion for investing, particularly using options. Jason had a head start with his father being one of the original members of the Chicago Board Options exchange.  In the spring of 2024 Bill and Jason came together at Winnetka based Van Ake Capital LLC to fulfill a concept they had since their first days at Nuveen.


When not at the office you will find Jason at the Wilmette Harbor sailing or working on his sailboat, where he has had one since 1994.  Jason’s wife Louisa has been a teacher at The Skokie School in Winnetka for more than 20 years.  Jason and Louisa’s daughter recently graduated Colgate University.


Bill is one of the founding partners of 501 Local and Jimoto, connected restaurants in downtown Winnetka just a few blocks from the Van Ake Capital office.  Bill has two daughters at New Trier high school and one in college at Lehigh University. 

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