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Dream. Do. Grow.


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Dream. Do. Grow.


We are not a venture capital or private equity firm. We are a Treehouse – a business partnership environment which is characterized by a high degree of collaborative energy. It’s a place where ambitious innovators are able to access the capital, services, and support they need to build profitable businesses with strong foundations.

Get in touch to learn more about Treehouse. 

 
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Meet our Team


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Meet our Team


Bob Clark

CEO and Principal of Treehouse Adventures

Besides Bob's role at Treehouse, he is also the founder and CEO of Clayco, a full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm.  With revenues approaching $1.0 billion, Clayco delivers clients around the world the highest quality solutions on time, on budget and above and beyond expectations.

Bob started Clayco with the goal of finding new, better ways to do business, and hasn’t looked back since. Over the past 28 years, Bob has turned Clayco into one of the top full-service building firms in America while building Clayco’s commitment to the communities in which they work and becoming a national civic and business leader. Bob has established and nurtured a culture of innovation, collaboration and a can-do attitude that continues to make Clayco the best option for clients, and one of the best places to work in the country.

Mike Latiner

President and Principal of Treehouse Adventures

Mike has 20+ years of investment, strategic and operational experience working with technology and business services companies. Prior to Treehouse Adventures,  Mike served as the CFO of a 100+ person technology consultancy firm.  Mike also served as a Director at Lake Capital, a Chicago-based private equity fund with over $1.3 billion under management. Mike was responsible for identifying and evaluating investment opportunities, structuring transactions, managing due diligence, negotiating transactions, and working with portfolio company management teams to execute organic growth strategies, add-on acquisitions, and other strategic growth initiatives.  Mike received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Carmen Lonstein

Carmen Lonstein

Principal of Treehouse Adventures, Inc. & Vice-President, General Counsel, Clayco, Inc.

Carmen brings her broad range of business and legal skills to the Treehouse team.   She was previously at Baker & McKenzie LLP, where she was a partner and chair of the firm's Financial Restructuring Practice Group in North America.  She has more than 26 years of experience representing clients in complex commercial, real estate and corporate matters and related litigation in US courts.  Carmen has been recognized as being in the Top 100 Women Business Lawyers from 2006-2013.

She also serves as a board member of the Illinois Finance Authority, commissioner on the Great Lakes Commission and trustee on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.


Shawn Clark

Principal of Treehouse Adventures & Project Executive, Clayco, Inc.

At Treehouse, Shawn focuses on community outreach, strategic partnerships, team building and project execution. In addition to his role at Treehouse, Shawn works on critical development and construction projects at Clayco; his responsibilities include deal structure, contract negotiations, pre construction planning and construction delivery. Prior to joining Clayco, Shawn launched his first business providing design-build construction services for luxury home owners in Aspen, Colorado. Shawn received his MS in Real Estate Finance & Investment from DePaul University and his B.S. in Construction Science from Clemson University. Shawn Serves on the Auxiliary Board for the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Redmoon Theater. 


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What We Do


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What We Do


Treehouse Adventures is a non-traditional investment group with roots in Clayco, one of the nation’s leading full-service, design-build construction companies. We empower innovators to create growth businesses in the areas of building technology, material sciences, multidisciplinary design and other areas of construction services.

 

Treehouse Adventures is a private investment firm where an innovative spirit, hard work and collaboration create a unique environment for entrepreneurs to succeed. Treehouse provides capital, management support and back-office infrastructure, allowing  entrepreneurs to focus on building and growing their businesses. 

 
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In The News


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In The News


Welcome to the Treehouse news center. We're excited to tell you what we've been up to.

Treehouse has been featured in the following publications.  Click to read the articles. 

If you are a member of the media and are looking for information about Treehouse, please contact Michael Latiner at latinerm@treehouse.vc or 312-948-0724.