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Mannie Jackson

Mannie Jackson

Mannie is currently Chairman of Boxcar Holdings, LLC, a collection of business initiatives that include sports properties, real estate holdings, supply-chain management, and Broadway and casino entertainment ventures in which he is the managing general partner and/or the majority owner.

As former Chairman Owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, Mannie Jackson achieved a dramatic corporate turnaround restoring the Hall of Fame basketball team to its status as a global icon. A former Globetrotter player, Jackson purchased the team in 1993 and revived the near-bankrupt organization into one of the most admired and publicized teams in the world, while increasing revenue five-fold and rebuilding the fan base to near record levels. Before a national television audience, the team confirmed its status as one of the best and most influential basketball teams in the world when Jackson and the Globetrotters were the just the fifth team inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 27, 2002. In fact, the team was recognized a record seven times in a ten year period under Jackson's ownership by basketball's most prestigious barometer of success.

Jackson stepped into the history books when he purchased the team in 1993, as the first African-American to own a major international sports and entertainment organization.  The conclusion of the team's 2005 North American Tour in April 2005, marked 12 consecutive years of double-digit growth. Jackson amassed an impressive list of national sponsors, expanded countries visited to 118 with attendance of over two million annually, and topped the Sports Q ratings as the most liked and recognized team in the world in 1999, 2000 and 2002. 

Jackson has served on the Board of Directors of six Fortune 500 companies and has served on the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross.  He was among 12 distinguished nominees for the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Award for Human Rights in recognition of his work in South Africa. In May 2005 during the Kentucky Derby weekend celebration, Jackson was named 2005's Man-of-the-Year by the Winner's Circle for Children Inc. in Louisville, Ky. Recognizing years of promoting human rights throughout the world. The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. presented their inaugural International Award to Jackson in January 2006.  In July 2006, the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in Harlem, N.Y., honored Jackson's corporate achievements with the prestigious Basketball Entrepreneur Award.

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