Cannabis Business Interviews: John Mazarakis from Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance Inc

John Mazarakis, Chicago Atlantic Real Estate Finance Inc’s Chairman/Co-Founder joined me on The Green Peak.

Chicago Atlantic is a market-leading publicly traded commercial mortgage REIT utilizing significant real estate, credit, and cannabis expertise to originate senior secured loans primarily to state-licensed cannabis operators in limited-license states in the U.S.

Mr. Mazarakis co-founded Chicago Atlantic Group in April 2019 and has served as our Executive Chairman since our inception. As a proven entrepreneur and operator with successful ventures in real estate, retail, and hospitality.

Mr. Mazarakis brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial, operational, and managerial experience. He has built a 30+ restaurant chain with more than 1,200 employees, established a real estate portfolio of over 30 properties, developed over 1 million square feet of commercial real estate, and completed multiple real estate financing transactions, at a cumulative annual growth rate exceeding 25%.