Max founded Saratoga in 2011 and built the firm on solid principles he gained through 30+ years of experience and on the premise of rigid fiduciary duty and a forward-looking, value-driven investment philosophy.


Max received a BA in accounting and economics from Keio University in Tokyo and an MPA in finance from Harvard University. 

Outside of work, Max is an avid snow-skier, enjoys reading, cooking, wine/sake-tasting and traveling.


Yoshiko brings 30+ years of solid knowledge and experience in financial management and strategic planning to Saratoga. Prior to joining Saratoga, she was President of Siera Management, Inc, served as the Asia-Pacific Director of McDonald's Co., and was an Audit Manager at Coopers & Lybrand.

Yoshiko received a BA in commerce from DePaul University.

Outside of work, Yoshiko has a passion for fine dining, wine, and yoga. She also loves spending time with her 2 daughters.


Overseeing investment analysis, due diligence, and supervisory monitoring and collaborations with property management partners, Atsushi started his career as a Property Manager at CBRE and was General Manager at Weez International Ltd in Tokyo. Atsushi received a BS in finance from Drexel University in Philadelphia and a BA in law and social science from Chuo University in Tokyo. He is also a registered Real Estate Broker in Japan and Illinois.

Outside of work, Atsushi, a former nationally ranked ski jumper, enjoys snow skiing and trekking.


With 20 years' experience in hotels and restaurants, Jeff Kramer joined Saratoga in early-2020.  With expert knowledge in rooms operations, a great passion for food and beverage, and many successes managing the administrative and sales functions, he has dedicated his career to crafting meaningful experiences for guests.  Jeff has also played a pivotal role in overseeing concept, design and construction on the operational side for the launch of boutique properties.

Outside of work, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, going on bike rides, hiking, and camping.


Charlie's roles at Saratoga include investment analysis and due diligence. He previously worked at Morningstar in Chicago and Singapore, helping institutional investors meet their goals. Charlie received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University where he majored in International Political Economy.

Outside of work, Charlie enjoys movies, traveling, snorkeling and walking his dog, Ghost.


Elairah's roles at Saratoga include back office accounting, property operations analysis, and data management. 

She joined Saratoga in 2015 as an intern and became a full-time member in 2019.

Elairah received a BS in finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago, graduating as summa cum laude (GPA 4.0).

Outside of work, Elairah can usually be found in art museums, cafes, or lounges. She also enjoys hiking, sailing, scuba diving, and traveling. 


Fusing his experience in both retail and hospitality arenas, Ross is known for developing, positioning and re-imagining world-class brands including W Hotels, aloft hotels, St. Regis Hotels, Polo Jeans Co. Ralph Lauren and Faded Glory to name a few.  While President of Starwood's Luxury Brands Group, with gross revenues exceeding $1 billion, Ross was named one of the Travel and Leisure Magazine's Top Innovators and has received the Courage in Business Award from the NLGCC as well as being recognized as a tastemaker in the industry.  He earned a BS in Advertising and Marketing from University of Florida.


Xavier's roles at Saratoga include back office accounting and property operations analysis. He served as an accountant and oversaw IT tasks for an accounting firm in Chicago prior to joining Saratoga.

Xavier received a BS in accounting and an MS in accounting from Governer's State University. 

He is also planning to earn his CPA license.

Outside of work, Xavier enjoys attending Chicago Fire games and playing soccer. He is also a big fan of hiking and camping.

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