Charlie Hooker

Principal, Investments

Charlie brings decades of real estate and investment management experience to the AQUILA team.

Leveraging his background in leading multiple New York investment firms, he will spearhead building AQUILA’s investment platform and will assist in providing strategic direction to AQUILA’s leadership.

Charlie is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of building and growing businesses. He has served as the President of High Rise Capital Management, a multibillion institutional real estate hedge fund, and as President and CEO of ORIX USA Corporation, Merchant Banking Group. His leadership was integral in the successful growth and profitability of these firms. Prior to that, he cut his teeth with the big-dogs, as an investment banker in the Merchant Banking Group at Merrill Lynch.

A leader through and through, Charlie is a West Point graduate commanding a Special Forces “A” Team and Rifle Company in the 82nd Airborne. He returned to the Academy to serve on...

Charlie brings decades of real estate and investment management experience to the AQUILA team.

Leveraging his background in leading multiple New York investment firms, he will spearhead building AQUILA’s investment platform and will assist in providing strategic direction to AQUILA’s leadership.

Charlie is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of building and growing businesses. He has served as the President of High Rise Capital Management, a multibillion institutional real estate hedge fund, and as President and CEO of ORIX USA Corporation, Merchant Banking Group. His leadership was integral in the successful growth and profitability of these firms. Prior to that, he cut his teeth with the big-dogs, as an investment banker in the Merchant Banking Group at Merrill Lynch.

A leader through and through, Charlie is a West Point graduate commanding a Special Forces “A” Team and Rifle Company in the 82nd Airborne. He returned to the Academy to serve on the faculty as a Visiting Professor for Management.

Hailing from the New York/New Jersey area, Charlie was happy to turn in his snow shovel in exchange for the Austin, Texas sunshine.

Affiliations

Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Board of Directors

Education

  • Master of Business Administration, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
  • Bachelor of Science, General Engineering, United States Military Academy at West Point, NY
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