BRYAN KORBA | FOUNDER AND TREASURER
Bryan Korba is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor and the Managing Partner of JDFIU Investments, a company he founded in 2000. The company manages the assets and private equity investments of the Korba Family investment office. Bryan co-founded Korba Family LP with his late father and mentor, Robert W. Korba, and Bryan continues to serve as the Managing Partner.
JDFIU Investments primarily focuses on commercial real estate investment and development through 36 Power Equity, a company founded by Bryan in 2009. With assets approaching $50 million, 36 Power continues to grow year after year. Additionally, JDFIU has completed over $100 million in investments in varied industries including real estate, software, franchising, hospitality, furniture and financial services.
Prior to JDFIU, Bryan served as a Venture Partner with Cabrillo Advisors, a boutique investment banking and investment firm and was Vice President of Operations for Ceatech Corporation that operated casinos and other technology ventures in Toronto and the Caribbean.
Bryan currently serves on the board of Empower Heroes, a charity he co-founded that services veterans and their families as they re-enter civilian life. Bryan previously served on the boards of Verus Real Estate Advisors, Luxe Home, Dallas Challenge and the UNT Venture Fund. Bryan earned a MBA in finance from Texas Christian University and a BBA in economics from the University of North Texas and continues to guest lecture on real estate and entrepreneurial ventures.
Bryan’s greatest achievement is his two children, Charlotte (9) and Liam (5), both active in their church community and attending Parish Episcopal School. He loves golf and is a member at Denton Country Club and TPC Craig Ranch and is always accepting golfing invitations.
CARY CLAYBORN | PRESIDENT
Cary serves as a Vice President/Client Consultant for the money management firm of Manning & Napier. Cary has an administrative office in Dallas TX and he is primarily responsible for covering Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.
Prior to joining Manning & Napier, he served as the CEO for ABT Global, a conglomerate of medical sales companies focused on the most advanced technologies in surgery. Before ABT Global, he served almost 10 years as a Principal, Financial Advisor with Bernstein Global Wealth Management and as a Director of Institutional Investments with AllianceBernstein in Dallas TX, managing foundation/endowment clients for the Southwest. Prior to Bernstein, Cary spent 10 years in medical sales, working withJohnson & Johnson in cardiology management with Cordis and in training minimally invasive heart surgery with Heartport.
His philanthropic involvement is extensive, actively serving as a board member and/or advisor to 11 non-profits: Center for Brain Health (Foundation and Advisory Board), Heroes on the Water, Empower Heroes, Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, Texas Health Resources Leadership Council, Dallas All Sports Association, Hunger Busters, Foundation for Responsible Television, TE/GE, and America’s Future Series. Cary also served as the volunteer Philanthropic Consultant to Philanthropy World magazine forover 10 years.
A West Point graduate with a degree in Biology/Chemistry, he obtained his business masters from Troy University. He served his entire 5-year military commitment inMainz, Germany as a General’s Aide-de-camp and as an Air Defense officer.
He is a member of the Dallas Roundtable and Success North Dallas. Cary is an avid golfer and a charter member of TPC @ Craig Ranch.
Cary is married to Cherryl. They attend Prestonwood Baptist Church with their 9 year-old daughter, Carly, who attends Prestonwood Christian Academy.
JOHN O'CONNOR | SECRETARY
John J. O'Connor, Jr., has over 45 years of experience as a practicing attorney. Prior to law school Mr. O'Connor attended graduate school majoring in zoology and physiology and working as a laboratory assistant.
Mr. O'Connor's legal practice began in Lincoln Nebraska in 1971 where he worked for a law firm in the Labor Law Department. He then spent three years in Chicago working for the American Bar Association as staff attorney for the Special Committee of Environmental Law. In 1974 he moved to Colorado and worked for AMAX in their Environmental Legal Services Department.
After passing the bar he left AMAX and established an environmental law firm with a partner. Their first major client was Vail Associates who hired the firm to assist in obtaining the required permits for establishing the Beaver Creek ski resort. After a two-year political battle Vail was permitted to build Beaver Creek. Soon thereafter his partner departed and over the next few years Mr. O'Connor built a firm with a concentration on natural resources law. After a number of years Mr. O'Connor became a sole practitioner to concentrate on providing legal advice to nonprofit organizations, private foundations and small startup businesses. He continues to represent many of the profit and nonprofit businesses he has assisted over the years, including the Island Foundation who he has represented since 1975.
In 2004 Mr. O'Connor and his good friend Robert Korba founded the 854 Y Street Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Since its inception Mr. O’Connor has served as the Executive Director of the Foundation and as the Secretary and Treasurer. Currently, after resigning as executive director and treasurer, he continues as a member of the Foundations Board and as the Secretary.
Mr. O'Connor holds a Law Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Nebraska and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Peru State College, Peru, Nebraska.