Mannie is currently Chairman of Boxcar Holdings a collection of business initiatatives that include sports properties,real estate holdings, supply-chain management, broadway and casino entertainment ventures in which he is the managing general partner and or the majority owner.
As former Chairman and 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 six times in a seven year period 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. In late 2005 Jackson sold or liquidated Boxcar Holding assets valued at over 150 million dollars.
Jackson has served on the Board of Directors of five Fortune 500 companies – and has served on the Board of Governors for the American Red Cross. He is the former chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and 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.
Jackson is a founding member and former president of the Executive Leadership Council, providing African-American executives with a network and leadership forum to promote excellence in business. In 2002, Jackson and the Globetrotters were inducted into the Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame. This recognition was followed by the National Conference of Community and Justice’s (NCCJ) Arizona region honored Jackson with the 50th Annual Humanitarian of the Year Award. Later that year, the Rainbow/Push Coalition awarded Jackson the prestigious Effa Manley Sports
Executive-of-the-Year Award. In the spring of 2003, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the nation’s oldest historical black college, founded in 1854, recognized Jackson with an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters for his work within the business community.In 2006 jackson received the Highest award presented to a former student-athlete. Jackson was also presented the Disquinished Achievement award from the Executive Leadership Council in 2003.
Prior to taking the reins of the Globetrotters in 1993, Jackson served as President and General Manager of Honeywell’s Telecommunications Business before retiring as a Corporate Officer and Senior Vice President of Honeywell, Inc. Jackson has been recognized in various prominent financial publications throughout his career, including being named one of the Nation’s 30 Most Powerful and Influential Black Corporate Executives; one of the Nation’s Top 50 Corporate Strategists and in 1992, was named one of the 20 African-American High Net Worth Entrepreneurs. In the spring of 2001, “Harvard Business Review” published a first-person account of Jackson’s business principles that turned the Globetrotters into a market leader and the most renowned sports team and entertainment entity in the world.
During the 1996 and 1997 season, Jackson and the Globetrotters were instrumental in securing over $2 million for the Nelson Mandela African Children’s Foundation. From 1993 to 2005 the Globetrotters charitable contributions totaled more than $11 million. In the fall of 1997, Jackson announced an endowment of $100,000 to the Lincoln School Alumni Foundation of Edwardsville, Ill., helping provide youth with college scholarships and pledged $250,000 to the Globetrotters Alumni Association. The NCCJ, which Jackson contributed $125,000 to, recently named the Harlem Globetrotters Scholarship Fund, awarded to Arizona youth, allowing them to participate in the NCCJ’s leadership program, Anytown USA. During the 2001-2002 Jackson directly contributed $100,000 to the American Red Cross for the Disaster Relief Fund to help victims of Sept. 11th tragedy. In 2003, Jackson presented the Basketball Hall of Fame with a quarter of a million dollar donation to continue basketball’s greatest legacy and in 2006 became the largest single donor in hall of fame history with a million dollar cash contribution. In January 2005, Jackson pledged $100,000 to UNICEF to aid victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, as well as a $250,000 donation to the Edwardsville,Illinois YMCA building fund. In September 2005, Jackson donated $200,000 to victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast .In 2007 the Jackson family established a 2million dollar scholarship, education,and mentoring fund for needy and deserving students attending the University of Illinois. The program is called the Mannie L. Jackson Academic Enrichment and Leadership Program.
Born in a railway boxcar in Illmo, Mo., Jackson grew up in Edwardsville, Ill., earning the title of Illinois’ “Mr. Basketball,” and attended the University of Illinois with high school teammate and lifelong friend Govoner Vaughn. Vaughn was named the teams MVP and with Jackson became the universities first African-American All-BigTen and All-American players. During that time, Jackson was also elected varsity captain of the Illini basketball team. He is also a charter member of the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame, and a member of the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame, as well as, a charter member of the Black Legends of Professional Basketball, and is an investor with a limited partnership interest in the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jackson and his wife, Cathy, reside in Las Vegas, Nev., and have two adult daughters: Cassandra, a graduate of New York University and DePaul University, and is currently studying to become a chef, and Candace, a graduate of New York University and Columbia University, is a reporter writer for the Wall Street Journal.