JOHN B MANNIX

JOHN MANNIX HAS BEEN A NEW YORK CITY-BASED INVESTOR, REAL ESTATE ENTREPRENEUR AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL FOR OVER 35 YEARS. 

 

COMMENCING IN 1981 AFTER HIS GRADUATION FROM GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, JOHN EMBARKED ON A BUSINESS JOURNEY THAT ENCOMPASSES OVER $1.4 BILLION IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS IN 45 STATES AS WELL AS CANADA AND CENTRAL AMERICA, STRUCTURING AND SALE OF OVER $300 MILLION IN ASSET-BACKED FINANCIAL PRODUCTS AND GROUND UP CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION OF SEVERAL THOUSAND APARTMENTS IN MANHATTAN'S EAST VILLAGE. INSTITUTIONS BACKING THESE EFFORTS INCLUDE GLOBAL MEGA-INVESTORS SUCH AS TIGER MANAGEMENT, SOROS FUND MANAGEMENT, USB REAL ESTATE AND WESTBROOK PARTNERS, WITH WHOM JOHN ENGINEERED A LEVERAGED BUYOUT IN 1995 OF SARAKREEK HOLDING NV, AN AMSTERDAM LISTED REIT WITH $500 MILLION IN US INVESTMENTS. THESES ACTIVITIES WERE CONDUCTED FROM 1985-2010 UNDER THE MERCHANT EQUITY GROUP, LLC UMBRELLA, OF WHICH JOHN WAS CEO.

CURRENTLY, MR. MANNIX IS A GENERAL PARTNER IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF 160 ARCHER AVENUE IN QUEENS, NY A 300 UNIT, $160 MILLION PROJECT IN HIS ROLE AS A PRINCIPAL AT SHOREWOOD REAL ESTATE GROUP FOCUSING ON QOZ INVESTMENTS. THE BUILDING WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE MARKET IN 2020. 

 

JOHN IS ALSO A LIMITED PARTNER AT COINFUND. IO, A CRYPTOCURRENCY AND BLOCKCHAIN FOCUSED MERCHANT BANK AND ADVISORY FIRM AS WELL AS A GENERAL PARTNER IN CHAINASSETS, SA, A GENEVA-BASED FUND IN THE BLOCKCHAIN SPACE. 

 

IN HIS ROLE AS A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL IN NEW YORK STATE FOR OVER A DECADE, MR. MANNIX WAS THE VICE CHAIRMAN AND CHAIR OF AUDIT FOR THE NEW YORK STATE HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY, THE LARGEST HFA IN THE NATION WITH A $25 BILLION PORTFOLIO OF MORTGAGES, DIRECTOR OF THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CORP, DIRECTOR OF THE PROJECT FINANCE AGENCY, A REPOSITORY OF FAILED STATE-BACKED LOANS, LEAD DIRECTOR OF ROOSEVELT ISLAND OPERATING CORP., A QUASI-GOVERNMENTAL AGENCY CONTROLLING THE 15,000 RESIDENT ISLAND AND FINALLY AS FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF GALES POINT WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IN BELIZE, CA. WHERE THE MANNIX FAMILY HAS MAINTAINED A RANCH FOR OVER 20 YEARS. 

JEFF GWIN

IT IS WITH DEEP SADNESS THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE PASSING OF JEFF GWIN, A FOUNDING PARTNER OF MERCHANT EQUITY, IN 2015.  JEFF’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMPANY AND IT’S PARTNERS OVER THE PAST TWENTY YEARS WAS IMMENSE AND WHILE WE MOVE AHEAD WITH CONFIDENCE AND A RENEWED SENSE OF URGENCY, JEFF WILL REMAIN IN OUR THOUGHTS FOR YEARS TO COME.

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