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Academy Fund Spotlight: Johnny Lynum, USAF



“The process was seamless. It really was a breath of fresh air and worked really well. Working with John Strawn and the team on the maintenance draws and getting everything paid out was flawless…we're looking forward to keeping this relationship going into the future.”

- Johnny Lynum


The Academy Fund is a private real estate fund that invests in military-veteran real estate operators and developers. We leverage relationships among Investors, Advisors, and Operators to facilitate the valuable “trust capital” and believe that intelligence, integrity and grit are competitive advantages and key inputs to building wealth. Today, we’re excited to share the story of Johnny Lynum, which proves there is no limit to what you can achieve when trust is on your side.


Meet Johnny Lynum

Johnny Lynum is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force where he’s been serving on active duty for just over 16 years. Johnny is also the Founder of Operation Invest, a company he launched in 2015 that helps veterans and other busy professionals invest in real estate, generate passive income, and achieve financial freedom. Operation Invest focuses on acquiring, renovating and selling residential and multi-family properties in regions across the southeastern United States. Johnny is not only helping others achieve financial freedom, but his business is also transforming and revitalizing communities ravaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018 through the acquisition and restoration of thousands of storm-damaged properties.


When Johnny faced a tight deadline with his most recent deal nicknamed Operation Magic City in Birmingham, Alabama, the Academy Fund stepped in and helped make it possible. In working with the Academy Fund, Johnny not only found the capital he needed within his deadline, but he also found a partner in the process:


“What I've walked away with from the Academy Fund is having a new partner on our team. They're looking to help us be successful. It’s always good to have a separate set of eyes on the deal. You always want that on your team, wherever it's coming from, and having that coming from your capital partner is even better.”


Though loyal to the US Air Force, Johnny loves working with a network of real estate operators across all branches of the military. The camaraderie he experiences in the military spills over into his real estate business making Operation Invest enjoyable and sustainable for Johnny and everyone he works with. We’re thrilled to partner with Johnny and can’t wait to see how Operation Magic City continues to unfold!


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