Infrastructure: Chicagoans’ career of choice

A group of MBA candidates at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business is organising an “Infrastructure Investment Trek” for 2010: a meet-and-greet in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo designed to understand local trends and build local networks, according to an organisational power point presentation.

But while these are the immediate goals, securing a job in infrastructure private equity appears to be a longer-term aim: 68 percent of those interested in the trek listed it as a top career preference.

If they do eventually land a gig in the field they’d hardly be alone: First Reserve’s Mark Florian, Highstar Capital’s Emmett McCann and Leonard Shaykin of LambdaStar Infrastructure Partners are just a few of the infrastructure private equity names to have studied business in Mayor Daley’s backyard.