Mark Meets Magic

Magic Johnson and Mark Zaverl

Magic Johnson

Mark Zaverl and Magic Johnson

 

 

REO Expo is honored to host an unforgettable keynote address from NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson, brought to you by US Best Repair Service.  

 

He appeared on his first Sports Illustrated cover before he even entered the NBA draft—and has been on 22 SI covers to date. A 12-time All-Star, he won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, garnered three MVP awards, helped lead the 1992 “Dream Team” to a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and is a member of the NBA Hall of Fame.

 

But Earvin “Magic” Johnson always dreamed of becoming a successful businessman. So whether he was on the basketball court at Michigan State winning state championships, or as the infamous #32 on the Los Angeles Lakers, winning with his no-look passes — Johnson’s dream come true was never far behind.

 

Although Johnson is known universally for his illustrious 13-year professional NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, he has re-defined himself as a businessman and philanthropist. To date, Johnson has provided over 40,000 jobs to minorities through his many business ventures.

 

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises, he has provided a sense of hope for Urban America by revitalizing under-served communities—providing quality entertainment services, creating much-needed jobs and employing local minority contractors and service vendors. MJE has businesses, properties, foundation services and partners in over 98 cities and 22 states.

 

Johnson also helped establish Canyon Johnson Realty Advisors LLC, which manages the Canyon Johnson Urban Funds. The fund focuses on urban emerging real estate markets and fostering economic opportunities for the underserved residents of urban neighborhoods in which it invests. With nearly $2 billion in committed capital, the Canyon-Johnson Urban Funds are the country's premier private real estate opportunity funds focused on investments in America's urban communities.

 

Beyond his business interests, Johnson also founded The Magic Johnson Foundation in 1991. The non-profit foundation works to develop programs and support community-based organizations that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities—especially HIV/AIDS awareness.

 

Johnson was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, where he led Everett High School to a state high school championship in 1977. He then won an NCAA title at Michigan State in 1979, where he was honored with a statue of his likeness unveiled on campus 2003. It was while playing at Everett High School that Johnson earned his now famous moniker, “Magic,” from Michigan sportswriter Fred Stabley, Jr.