John Kinzer runs portfolio operations for companies managed by Lantern. Before joining Lantern, he served as Director of Real Estate and Opportunity Investments at Hudson Advisors, the operating arm for Lone Star Funds. At Lone Star, Mr. Kinzer served on the Investment Committee and managed several different operating companies including Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Texas Land and Cattle, and Lone Star Steakhouse. Mr. Kinzer held a leadership and formative role in the creation and direction of Del Frisco’s Grille, an original concept that was the catalyst for the company to go public in 2012. He served on the Board of Directors of Del Frisco’s through the fund’s sales of its final shares in 2013. Prior to his involvement with Del Frisco’s, Mr. Kinzer served as the fund director for the bankruptcy and emergence of BI-LO grocers in 2010. During this time, BI-LO was the largest retail bankruptcy emergence in over seven years. Prior to Hudson Advisors/Lone Star Funds, he was the Chief Investment Officer at Provident Realty. In this role, he had oversight of new real estate development investments, finance, as well as several oil and gas drilling investments.
In 2005, Mr. Kinzer was Senior Vice President of asset management and acquisitions for the Milestone Group where he facilitated the $1.2 billion sale of the Walden Portfolio from Dubai Investment Group to INVESCO. In 2000, he was Director of Acquisitions for TriVest Residential — a partnership with investment from Hunt Realty and AIG.
Mr. Kinzer’s career launched at the J.E. Robert Companies (JER), where he worked on the resolution of failed savings and loan assets. In 1993, he packaged the JER Venture with Goldman Sachs and supported two substantial securitizations of REO and non-performing loans. Mr. Kinzer would eventually transition from asset management to acquisitions, and shifted his focus to real estate development. During this tenure, he built numerous multifamily projects across Texas and Florida.
Throughout his career, Mr. Kinzer has maintained a balance of corporate activity and charity involvement. He recently concluded a three-year term on the Real Estate Council Board of Directors and remains very involved in several charities including: Genesis Women’s Shelter, The Birthday Party Project, and the Texas Irish Foundation. Additionally, he is a former member of the National Multifamily Housing Council.
Mr. Kinzer, a native of Dallas, attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics. As a member of the Silver Spurs Honorary Service Organization and a handler for the University of Texas Mascot “Bevo,” his collegiate education extended beyond the classroom.