John J. Sicilian
John Sicilian recently founded 1221 Partners, a Miami based private equity firm. Mr. Sicilian curently serves as a co-founder of 1848 Capital Partners LLC as well as the Chief Investment Officer of Juridica Asset Management Ltd. (manager of public and private third party litigation financing funds with over $600 million of assets under management) and Senior Advisor to Jetstream Aviation Capital LLC (manager of private aircraft leasing funds with over $150 million of assets under management). Throughout his career, Mr. Sicilian has served on the board of directors of numerous travel and transportation-related companies, both public and private (including Pan American World Airways, ARINC, AgentWare, OneTravel, Eastern Airlines). Previously, Mr. Sicilian was the Chairman and President of the reorganized Eastern Airlines from 1995- 2002 and its Executive Vice President and General Counsel from 1990-1994. During his tenure, Mr. Sicilian consummated over 150 transactions involving over $2.2 billion in assets, including regulated international route authorities, complex airport leasehold interests, over 130 aircraft, over 300 engines and numerous intellectual property assets. His responsibilities also included the disposition of eight operating entities employing over 1,500 employees as well as resolution of pension claims involving approximately 25,000 ex-employees and retiree health benefit claims relating to approximately 10,000 retirees. Mr. Sicilian also negotiated the resolution of general labor, secured financing, environmental, frequent flyer plan-related and airport/landlord claims in excess of $15 billion. Since co-founding 1848 Capital Partners, Mr. Sicilian has managed investments that include the creation of Heartland Food Corp. with its 248 Burger King franchised restaurants, the second-largest Burger King franchise in the world (including its ultimate sale to a Blackstone-affiliate in 2006). Among other transactions, Mr. Sicilian also has co-led control investments in Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museums in New York City and London (the largest Ripley museums in the world), as well as Sunbelt Diversified Enterprises, Brazil Tower Company (Brazilian-based provider of telecommunications towers) and Chicago-based Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) (the largest independent provider of warranty coverage to the corporate aircraft industry). Formerly, Mr. Sicilian was an attorney with Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand (now merged with DLA Piper) in Washington, D.C. and Ford & Harrison in Atlanta. Mr. Sicilian holds a J.D. from Washington & Lee Law School (cum laude) and a B.A. from Holy Cross College (magna cum laude).