John Ridenour | Vice President of Development
John identifies and helps evaluate real estate investment opportunities that fall within Mainstay’s focused asset classes. He also works with Mainstay’s investors to understand their investment goals and then pairs them with the specific investment property that matches their criteria.
Prior to joining Mainstay, John served as Senior Vice President of Equity Investments for Servant Investments where he was responsible for raising equity for the company’s private placement fund offerings through family offices, accredited investors, and registered investment advisors.
Before joining Servant, he was Vice President of Sales for CNL and oversaw the territory of Florida and Georgia. Earlier at CNL, he held the position of Vice President of 1031 Sales, establishing and negotiating “like-kind” exchanges with the broker/dealer community for the Eastern United States. He first joined them in 1996 and served as Vice President of Acquisitions for the restaurant group, CNL Fund Advisors, Inc., where he was responsible for identifying investment opportunities as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with prospects, tenants, and borrowers in a number of specific restaurant chains. During his tenure, he originated over $350 million of securitized debt and triple-net lease transactions.
Before joining CNL, John was Vice President of Marketing for Casa Blanca Design, handling quick service restaurants and casual dining concepts. From 1980 to 1990, he served as National Sales Manager for Jay Buchbinder Industries, also handling similar national restaurant chains, and prior to that, he served as a construction and development manager with McDonald’s for seven years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. John currently holds his Florida Real Estate license and General Contractor’s license. He previously held his Series 7, 22, and 63 NASD licenses.