Business 100 - 2010

Christopher Kennedy/Merchandise Mart

Christopher Kennedy, son of the late Senator Robert Kennedy, is president of Merchandise Mart Properties Inc (MMPI). MMPI is a trade show and property  management firm, with buildings and shows throughout North America. MMPI is a division of the Vornado Realty Trust, which purchased it from the Kennedy family in 1998. Chris joined the company as a research analyst in 1987, becoming a vice president in 1991 and executive vice president in 1994.

He was appointed president in 2000. Chris is involved in numerous nonprofit and civic groups, including The Commercial Club of Chicago, The Executives Club and serves on the Executive Committee for The Chicago Community Trust.  In 2009, the Governor of Illinois appointed Chris chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of Illinois.

Married with four children, Kennedy earned his bachelor’s degree at Boston College, and a master’s in management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.