BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
Basketball icon, formally known as Earvin Johnson Jr., was born on August 14, 1959, in Lansing, Michigan. He was a point guard for the Michigan State Spartans. With the assistance of Coach Jud Heathcoate's clipboard, and a little "Magic," the Spartans won their first National Collegiate Athletic Association championship (NCAA). The date was March 26, 1979, and it was more like Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird rather than Michigan State Spartans vs Indiana State Sycamores.
Small shorts, and tube socks were part of men's fashion, especially, in 1979, when the Michigan State Spartans defeated the Indiana State Sycamores with a 75 - 64 triumph. It remained the highest-rated televised NCAA basketball national championship for over 30 years with nearly 35.1 million eyeballs locked onto their TV screens, cheering for their favorite team to crossover dribble, behind-the-back pass, pump fake, chest pass, and slam dunk in front of a live audience. After college, Johnson was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers, and his fortune, and fame took off from there.
Standing 6 feet 9 inches, Earvin "Magic" Johnson is the Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises. JLC Infrastructure is an investment management business organization started by Magic Johnson Enterprises, and Loop Capital, a full-service investment bank, and they definitely have some "Magic" tricks up their sleeve. JLC Infrastructure is partnering with Kiewit Corporation, a mining company, Skanska AB, a construction company, and Meridiam, an investment management services company, and with Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) multi-billion dollar redevelopment of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to deliver the LAX Train.
“Supporting this project—the LAX Train—is central to our mission of investing in opportunities that enable community engagement and economic growth. During construction and for years ahead with the operations and maintenance of the train systems, this project will engage local, small and minority businesses and employees,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson. “Gateway Connectors has a great solution for LAX and it is the best positioned team to bring maximum and lasting benefits to Los Angeles. We are committed to working with small, local and disadvantaged businesses to help them grow, while helping individuals build careers using the skillsets learned and enhanced on this project.”
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Gateway Connectors is composed of Kiewit, Skanska, Meridiam and JLC Infrastructure for development, equity investment and financing. For more information, including about subcontracting and employment opportunities, please visit www.GatewayConnectorsLAX.com.
Shawn W. Anderson