We have extensive corporate and real estate private equity experience with all types of transactions including minority investments, acquisitions, sales, mergers, divestitures or asset, debt and equity transactions. We have a successful long-term track record investing in unique and complex transactions.
Justin is a serial entrepreneur, private equity investor and commercial real estate developer. A native of Augusta, Justin is a product of Georgia public schools and the Zell Miller HOPE scholarship. He began his career as a National Security and Foreign Policy Fellow to U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss in Washington D.C. He later joined Lehman Brothers as an investment banking analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group in New York where he advised private equity clients. Following Lehman Brothers, Justin joined Dubai International Capital in both their Dubai and London offices, where he managed middle market private equity investments in consumer, industrial and entertainment industries. During this time, Justin was a board observer to Mauser, the world's second largest industrial packaging manufacturer and Merlin Entertainments, a Blackstone portfolio company and the world's second largest visitor attractions company after Disney. Justin later joined the London office of GI Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm based in San Francisco that has raised over $29 billion in capital from leading institutional investors around the world to invest in private equity, real estate, and data infrastructure strategies.
Recognizing significant opportunities in real estate during the Great Recession and inspired by Sam Zell, Justin acquired bank foreclosed properties to build a student housing real estate portfolio, which was later acquired by a private investor. Justin eventually left private equity to start a software company providing social media management and analytics tools for the music industry, which was later acquired by TuneCore, the world’s largest digital music distributor. Justin also worked as a finance associate with the Techstars Disney Accelerator in Los Angeles.
Justin graduated with Honors from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in Finance and A.B. in International Affairs, where he was a Leonard Leadership Scholar and commencement speaker of his graduating class. He is also a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology where he studied full stack web development. Justin previously served as the Technology Chair of the Young Alumni Board of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He is a graduate of the Center for Leadership Class of 2022 at the Urban Land Institute Atlanta Chapter.