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Jonathon Dues,'03

Graduate of the last Decade

Jonathon Dues is senior vice president of business development at Mesirow Financial in Chicago. In this role, he leads all stages of the Mesirow Investment Strategies division’s sales and client management initiatives with retirement plan providers and financial advisory firms. Prior to Mesirow, Dues worked at Ibbotson Associates in Chicago. In 2006, Dues and a team of colleagues left Ibbotson to start the new Investment Strategies division at Mesirow and now have over $17 billion in retirement plan assets under advisement.


In addition, Dues runs his own basketball training business and non-profit organization in Chicago, First Class Hoops, LLC and The Hoops Class Foundation. Dues and his staff at First Class Hoops are all former professional and/or college basketball players who focus on developing and enhancing young athletes’ basketball fundamentals. The Hoops Class Foundation, established recently to provide opportunities for underprivileged athletes to flourish in life, raises money to run camps and clinics to teach less fortunate children life skills and character development through various aspects of the game of basketball.

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Dues also serves on the junior board at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, a Catholic organization in Chicago that ministers to children and families in need through community-based mentoring programs. 

Dues graduated from Hillsdale with a major in speech communication. He was a four-year starter and two-year captain on the men’s basketball team where he helped the Chargers to their first-ever GLIAC Championship in 2001 and two bids to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 2001 and 2002. During his career, he was named First Team All-GLIAC and Academic All-GLIAC. The Hillsdale faculty has had an enormous impact on all aspects of Dues’ life; therefore, he stays involved with the College by assisting the job placement efforts of the Career Planning Office, speaking to students on campus, and leading the efforts of the Hillsdale College Basketball Alumni Association. 

He and his wife Lindsey live in Chicago with their one-month-old son, Jonny.



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