Equity Investment Group, Inc., with its affiliates, is a diversified, private investment and holding company with three decades of successfully investing in and managing commercial real estate and operating businesses. EIG was founded by its President and CEO, George Huber.
EIG principals have co-founded and served as managers/directors/officers of multiple, privately-owned companies, private equity funds, separately managed investment accounts, and advisory vehicles for themselves and various financial partners and investors. In each case, the EIG team utilizes years of transactional, operational, and management experience to provide strategic leadership, increase value and ensure success for the benefit of its affiliated businesses, venture partners and financial investors. Some of firms in which EIG and its principals hold ownership stakes, managing partner and/or executive management positions include Dock Square Capital, a Miami-based merchant bank, Britton Hill Holdings, a Miami-based investment firm, Zips Car Wash, the second largest express tunnel car wash business in the United States and American Wire, Rope & Sling, a leading Midwest fabricator and supplier of overhead lifting and rigging solutions.
Since 1990, EIG has developed or purchased for its own account nearly $2 billion (more than 20 million square feet) of retail shopping centers located throughout the United States along with numerous office and other commercial properties. By the early 2000s, EIG, as a private REIT, had become one of the largest private owner/managers of retail real estate in the United States, with offices in six states and more than 120 shopping centers nationwide. EIG’s investors included the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, the Carlyle Group and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, as well as a long-time, strategic investment relationship with Protective Life Insurance Company. In 2003, EIG successfully completed an approximate $450 million sale of its portfolio to one of the nation’s leading publicly-traded shopping center REITs. Today, EIG continues to own and manage approximately four million square feet of retail real estate throughout the United States.
From 2004 to 2014, EIG principals co-founded/owned/managed Blue Vista Capital Management, a Chicago-headquartered real estate investment and management company. The company raised and managed more than $1 billion of institutional equity through four closed-end funds, two separate accounts and one joint venture relationship totaling approximately $5.25 billion of capitalization in a broad spectrum of asset classes including office, industrial, multi-family, student housing, hotel, and self-storage properties across the United States. Blue Vista was recognized by Preqin rankings as a top-performing global real estate investment manager, with investors and venture partners made up of many of the country’s leading institutional investors, state pension funds, the world’s largest university endowment, one of the largest sovereign wealth funds, and leading insurance companies and equity capital firms. During that same period, EIG principals co-owned/operated Peak Campus Companies, one of the five largest student housing managers and developers in the United States. In late 2014, the EIG affiliates divested their position in the operations of Blue Vista and Peak Campus in connection with a $225-million strategic recapitalization with, and investment by, a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG.
In early 2015, EIG’s principals invested in, and EIG’s Huber was named successor to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, as Chairman and a Managing Principal of, Britton Hill Holdings, a Miami, FL-based, privately-held investment firm with investments in the energy, aviation, and logistics industries. Since 2016, Mr. Huber has also served as a Managing Partner of Zips Car Wash, while EIG’s Sutton, Zirille and Michael serve as part of the Zips investment and executive management team as well.
In January, 2017, EIG principals co-founded Dock Square Capital LLC with Governor Jeb Bush and other Britton Hill principals and strategic partners. Dock Square Capital is a Miami, FL-based merchant banking firm engaged in principal equity investments, growth equity partnerships, and other strategic advisory services for a global network of entrepreneurs, families, sovereign entities and institutional, strategic investors. Dock Square’s portfolio investments include the largest private owner and manager of wireless telecommunication infrastructure in the United States, a leading provider of enterprise-class data center, cloud and interconnection services and one of the nation’s leading agricultural land lenders, AgAmerica Lending, on whose Advisory Board Mr. Huber sits. EIG’s Huber, Zirille and Michael serve as Dock Square Capital’s Co-Managing Partner, General Counsel and CFO, respectively.
Over the course of the past three decades, EIG's affiliate holdings have also included majority ownership and operational control of numerous national and regional B2B and B2C manufacturing and distribution companies and other investment companies, including American Wire Rope & Sling, a leading Midwest fabricator and supplier of overhead lifting and rigging solutions; Safe-Way Garage Door Company, national manufacturer and distributor of garage doors; Cinda b Designs, a USA-made women’s handbag and luggage manufacturer; and Victory Sports Group, a professional minor league sports ownership and management company.