FORTUNE — One of President Obama’s best friends is forming a private equity firm. Insert Mitt Romney’s chagrin here.
The pal is Marty Nesbitt, who spent nearly a decade as CEO of Chicago-based airport parking company The Parking Spot (which was sold in December 2011 to Green Courte Partners). According to The Chicago Tribune, his partner will be Kip Kirkpatrick, the co-founder of Water Street Healthcare Partners who left in 2009 to run for Illinois treasurer (he dropped out of the race after just a couple of months).
Kirkpatrick currently serves as CEO of Shore Financial Services, a Michigan-based mortgage lender where Nesbitt serves as an advisor. Here is part of Nesbitt’s Shore Financial bio:
The website says nothing of Kirkpatrick’s involvement with Vistria, but he did recently register the (still dormant) domain VistriaGroup.com. I’ve left a message with Kirkpatrick, and will update this post if he replies.
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