Making My Marc
In 1973 Marc Wainer saw an advertisement for a position as centre manager at the Kempton City shopping mall, one of the first shopping malls in South Africa. He got the job by virtue of being the only candidate who actually visited the centre before his interview – and with that, almost by chance, a career in property was born.
Four decades later, Wainer is a colossus in the South African commercial property industry, a dealmaker extraordinaire and the man behind Redefine Properties, a JSE-listed company with international presence in the United Kingdom and Australia, and nearly R50 billion worth of assets under its management.
In this revealing memoir, Wainer takes us from his early days working in his parents’ grocery store in Yeoville, through the major deals (and setbacks) that have marked his rise to the top, and the importance of getting the work-family balance right today. In reviewing his storied career and analysing the roles he has played in prominent Canal Walk, Attfund, ApexHi and Fountainhead deals, he reveals an array of valuable lessons from a life in property.
Marc Wainer has nearly four decades of wide-ranging experience in the property business. He retired as CEO of Redefine Properties in 2014, and is now Executive Chairman.
Tudor Caradoc-Davies is a freelance journalist whose work appears widely online and in print. He has been the writer-behind-the-scenes on a number of South African titles, including recent publishing phenomenon The Real Meal Revolution.
“A fabulous business book [and] a great history book… you'll get a really good feel of the last forty years of shopping centre development in South Africa. There's also a fabulous family story that runs through it.” – Bruce Whitfield, The Money Show, 702