Tina and Byron Trott House
Trott House is named for University trustee Byron D. Trott, AB’81, MBA’82, and his wife, Tina Trott. Byron Trott is the founder, chairman, and CEO of merchant bank BDT Capital Partners, but may be best known around campus for founding the Metcalf Internship program. Named in honor of Harold R. “Jeff” Metcalf, AM’53—a former dean of students in the business school and University athletic director who helped Trott get his first summer job—the program provides paid, substantive internships exclusively for UChicago undergrads. Beginning with eight interns in 1997, the Metcalf Internship program now places some 1,700 students in summer or academic-year internships around the world.
In addition to these internships, Trott has also been known to hire UChicago grads to work directly for BDT. Almost 20 percent of his employees have degrees from the University.
“When you travel the world and you say you went to the University of Chicago,” Trott told a Chicago Booth publication, “they know you come to the table with rigor and curiosity but also a bit of grit.”
Giving students a head start on their careers is a personal mission for Trott, who came from Union, Missouri, population 5,000. The son of a telephone-line repairman and a dress shop owner, he opened a jeans store in Union as a teenager. At the College, he took a series of courses designed for developing a business career.
Having dreamed of a career in Major League Baseball before deciding to come to UChicago, Byron Trott starred in both baseball and football for the Maroons. He received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Medal, awarded to the graduating male athlete “with the best all-around record for athletics, scholarship, and character” in 1981.
Tina Trott, a 1984 graduate of Ohio State University, has done extensive volunteer work for the Art Institute of Chicago, UNICEF, and other organizations. The Trotts have three children.