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Marilee and Larry Spatz have four children ages 15 to 38 and four grandchildren. 

In 1973, Mr. Spatz became a member and a floor trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and later the Chicago Board of Trade, where he was a member and trader for nearly ten years.  He was a founding member of the International Monetary Market.  Mr. Spatz was a principal in Spatz International Trading Company, a brokerage firm and a clearing member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  During the late 1970's he managed the largest retail division of Rosenthal & Company, a major commodity clearing member firm.  He became an officer and Director of Mercantile Trading Company, a licensed commodity brokerage firm.

In 1982, Mr. Spatz developed Universal Petroleum, L.P.  The company acquired drilling rights and created a team of geologists and drillers.  The company drilled wells in West Virginia which pumped gas and oil for ten years.

In 1985, Mr. Spatz founded the Baja Beach Club nightclub chain. He developed Baja into the largest nightclub chain in the United States.  He later expanded the chain to Europe, with operations in the United Kingdom, Spain, Holland and the Canary Islands making it at that time, the largest night club chain in the world.  He sold his interest to Scottish & Newcastle, plc.

In 1998, in addition to operating Baja Beach Club, Mr. Spatz was the Chief Executive Officer of Baywatch Entertainment Company.  He was hired to develop the Baywatch restaurant and nightclub chain.

Larry Spatz operates Diversified Capital Management, L.P., which he founded in 2000.  The company creates and develops financial trading systems in addition to managing hedge funds which primarily invest in green technology.

In 2006 Mr. Spatz founded The Electric Vehicle Company.  The company focuses on electric vehicle technology and the marketing of electric vehicles in the United States.  It was the first electric vehicle dealer in Illinois.

Mr. Spatz was named in the “Who’s Who – Worldwide Registry” in 1992 and 1993 for his contributions to the restaurant and nightclub industries as C.E.O. of Baja International, L.P.  He was named again in 2002 and 2003 as C.E.O. of Diversified Capital Management, L.P.

He was on the boards of Multi-Soft, Inc. and Multi-Solutions, Inc. both publicly traded software companies, and FreeTrek, Inc. a privately held software company.

 Charitable Affiliations

Mr. Spatz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs, Veterans' Benefits Day.  Mr. Spatz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jesse White Scholarship Program.  He is a member of the Board of Governors of Keshet, a charitable organization supporting children of special needs.  Larry Spatz is the director of the Spatz Foundation.  The Spatz Foundation contributes to organizations dedicated to improving people's lives.